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ERIC Number: ED387251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-23
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Nannies Touching the Future.
Sandhu, Malathi
As people who "stand-in" for parents, nannies shape children. The child-caregiver relationship involves respect for the child's potential and individuality. Working with children, a nanny plays many roles: parent surrogate, primary caregiver, and one who shapes the development of the whole child and the child's moral and aesthetic values. In these roles, nannies actively and significantly influence a child's socialization. A nanny bears responsibilities such as creating a positive emotional climate in the home and providing caregiving that meets the child's needs. Characteristics of a primary caregiver which will facilitate optimal child development include: (1) genuineness; (2) consistency; (3) reasonableness; (4) warmth; (5) empathy; and (6) trustful confidence in the child's desire to do what is right. Appropriate goals of care include: (1) growth of child's independence and competence; (2) development of the physical, emotional, motor, intellectual, and social aspects of the whole child; (3) development of self-control; (4) development of prosocial qualities; and (5) facilitation of the child's happiness and self-confidence. To achieve all these characteristics and goals, nannies need to be sensitive to a family's expectations and values, parents must be willing to share the child with the nanny, and nanny educators need to work to develop professional standards. (JW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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