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NAN: Language and Literacy in Preschoolers

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Since much of early language and literacy development is fueled by a consistent, responsive and high-quality caregiver, it should be no surprise that nannies can have a significant impact on the language and literacy development of the children in their care during the preschool years. 

Preschoolers are known for language experimentation. In fact, it’s during the preschool years where potty mouths are born. During this stage of development children will repeat rhymes they hear and make up silly songs on their own, that often include potty terms like “poopy” or “pee.”

By the end of the preschool years most children can follow three step instructions like “Get your shoes, bring them here and put them on.” They also can count to ten, name some colors, know their telephone number and respond to “Why?” questions.  By age five children should also be able to speak in conversational style. If a child speaks in a monotone pattern, has a nasal sounding voice or consistently uses incorrect sentence structure the nanny should mention these observations to the parents and encourage them to speak to the child’s pediatrician about getting a referral for a speech and language consultation. 

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Language and Literacy in Preschoolers