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NAN: Creating an Environment for School Aged Children

The character of children’s home experiences will influence their intellectual development and school learning. 

According to the Intercultural Development Research Association, when parents are aware that children:

are always ready to learn

have a curiosity for learning

learn from their environment

thrive in an environment of love and respect

have a potential for acquiring language

communicate ideas in different ways

can acquire a love and desire for reading

and learn in different ways

they can improve learning in the home environment.

When nannies help parents understand these key assertions about children’s learning, establish a clear vision and set of goals for learning and intentionally plan an enriched environment, the learning environment can be improved at home.

It is important to note that when parents hire nannies to provide consistent and quality care, nannies must be prepared to fulfill some parental roles while the children are in their care. When nannies and parents work together, they can create an appropriate environment together.

Nannies can also work with parents to ensure that children succeed in school. When children are well-rested, well-fed and well-behaved and when they are mentally ready and motivated to learn, children will do better in school.

When caring for school aged children, it’s important to remember that children vary in their interests and in their abilities. By observing the child in their care and talking to him about his interests, a nanny will discover what interests the child. If a child demonstrates an interest in Italy, for example, his nanny could foster his interests, talents and abilities by learning to speak simple Italian phrases, preparing an authentic Italian recipe, listening or trying to play Italian music, learning about Italian art and culture and perhaps even visiting a museum that features an Italian artist. Once a nanny knows a child’s interests and talents, she can provide opportunities to build on those interests and talents and help him to identify and achieve his personal learning and achievement goals.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Creating an Environment for School Aged Children