Infants learn about their world through their senses. They put items in their mouths, manipulate objects in their hands and examine the people, places and things around them. Creating a safe environment that encourages exploration will foster an infant’s development.
Nannies should ensure that infants have an area both inside and outside where they can freely and safely explore. Non-mobile infants ideally have a clean, carpeted area where they can learn to scoot, crawl and walk. Crawlers need safe spaces to crawl and safe objects to pull up on. Walkers need safe spaces to master walking and to learn to run.
When on duty, nannies are the most important part of an infant’s environment. By providing attentive, responsive, and affectionate care a nanny will foster growth in every developmental area.
When considering a developmentally appropriate environment for infants, the environment should address health and safety, physical development, language and literacy development, social and emotional development, schedules and routines, and parental involvement.
Since children learn through their experiences and caregivers have a significant control over the environment and setting where these experiences take place, nannies play an important role in a child’s learning process.