How Nannies Can Help Kids Succeed in School
Being a successful and effective nanny requires that you be more than just a playmate who doubles as a security supervisor, because your charges may very well spend the majority of their time with you. Busy, working parents often don’t have the time they need to dedicate to helping their children find academic success, which often means that the responsibility to do just that falls into the lap of the nanny. While you will need the help of your employers and they are ultimately responsible for ensuring that their children succeed to the best of their budding-scholar abilities, there are a few things that you can do to support your employers and assist your charges.
If you’re aware of struggles that your charge is having in a particular area, it’s a good idea to set up a tutoring schedule in order to strengthen his understanding and skills in that subject. Nannies with educational training or a degree in education may find tutoring to be a bit easier than their peers without a similar focus, but even nannies with no background in the education industry or training in the area can work with young charges to bolster their abilities. Before setting up and enforcing a tutoring schedule, however, it’s important that you discuss the matter openly and honestly with your employers.
Maintaining an Open Line of Communication With Your Employers
One of the best ways that a nanny can help her charges succeed academically is to maintain an open dialog with her employers about kids’ progress, strengths and areas that need improvement. Your employers will not be able to help their children if they’re unaware of a struggle, so make sure that you talk to them often regarding kids’ progress. Together, you can also work out a plan of action for helping kids that are falling behind to hone their skills and reverse a trend of losing academic ground.
Talking to Kids About Their Struggles
Just as talking with your employers and communicating effectively is an important part of helping your charges succeed in the academic world, so is maintaining a similar line of communication with your charges themselves. If you notice that your charge is falling behind or struggling with a particular subject, a comfortable relationship and an ability to communicate well with one another will make it easier for you to openly and honestly discuss the subject. Make sure that your charges know they can approach you when they’re having trouble understanding something or making sense of a particular subject. When the two of you are able to discuss it, you’re better equipped for the conversation with your employers about finding an effective plan for helping him bring up his grades.
Establish a Homework and Studying Routine
Kids need a routine in order to truly thrive, which is why establishing a homework and study schedule early will help your charges to succeed in the long run. Even when kids seem to be acing all of their classes and are not struggling noticeably in any area, the structured homework and study sessions will help them maintain that momentum and continue to succeed.
Start Preparing Early
Nannies with toddler-aged charges can start working on pre-reading and early preschool skills, helping to equip them for the transition to preschool or kindergarten. Establishing this foundation of knowledge and reaching the pertinent developmental milestones is a great way to set your charges up for success in the future, even if you’re no longer working for them when your charges begin attending school
Make Outings Educational
Outings are a fun and exciting part of being a nanny, and can even be one of the biggest perks of the job. While the occasional trip to a family-friendly movie or a day of unstructured play at the park can be great experiences, it’s important to balance these all-fun outings with those of with more educational and instructional substance. That doesn’t have to mean that they’re all boring. After all, a trip to the zoo can establish an interest and impart knowledge about life sciences, while a trip to a local children’s museum provides hands-on, interactive fun that teaches while it entertains. These outings may prove to be far more valuable in the long run than a carefree visit to the playground, and can still be just as exciting.