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We have hit our 5000th job!!!

5000th Job

A #job is a #mealticket and more

The Nanny Academy is excited to have reached the 5000th mark….having done 5000 placements providing #decentpaying Nanny and Housekeeper #jobs in 7 years!

We are grateful to the wonderful families,#referrals and organizations who have made it possible for us to achieve this feat. It has not been an easy journey… but we’ve held on to hope believing that things can only get better.

We are glad to have advocated for good conditions of work for our growing Nanny and Housekeeper community. The numbers are staggering…and telling! They tell us that there are lots of needy Nigerians in their numbers needing the securities as can come from jobs.The stories behind the applicants will be topic for another day.We know Nigeria better from the work we do here!

Winning the Federal Government’s Youwin award and grant in 2013 was a turning point for us in acquiring a structure that has sustained us thus far.From then we have been moving in strenght to train more candidates and create more #jobs.

Imagine if we had used the N10million Youwin grant back in 2013 to #pepperdemgang instead of investing in the modest space that is The Nanny Academy today! For starters we would not have survived this current #recession.

We have through these #jobs helped beat #poverty and helped many raise their children and stay off the streets. We have helped young girls go back to school. We have helped many keep roofs over their heads…we have helped many restore faith and dignity in themselves. We have helped many displaced women set up their own micro businesses and cornershops.

We have grown and helped hone professionals in this sector and inspired competition in the country.

What started as a small business has now metamorphosed into a hybrid…part business, part not-for-profit. To this end we solicit sponsors to help augument the cost of training for those who can’t afford to transport themselves to take classes.

Our longer training programs helps bridge the #knowledge and #skills gap given the staggering 45 percent illiteracy level of applicants in our community. The truth is…the more trained they are…the better the outcomes.

We are looking forward to hitting the 10,000th job mark by our 10th anniversary in 2019!
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Register for CPC this June!!!

LAGOS Nanny

Have you ever thought about becoming a Professional Nanny /Governess? Do you worry that you lack the basic skills required to be one due a lack of university education? Fear no more, we have the solution.

The first step starts here! Register for our winning six months Certified Professional Child-caregiver program and begin a journey of learning and growing that will last a lifetime.

Our CPC program has opened the way of fulfillment and prosperity for many. It can do same for you too.

Note that this June is a final chance to graduate from the program by the end of the year and start a new plan for 2017.

Hurry while there are still spaces. Next batch of intakes begin classes on the 7th of June.


Happy 50th Lagos!!!

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LAGOS Nanny


Nanny of the month – May

Our Nanny of the month is Ezinne Charity, a lovely Mum to seven daughters.

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Ezinne’s journey to Nannying began in a quest to help raise her daughters.

Before Nannying, Ezinne supported her husband in his restaurant business, but when she had five daughters back to back,with no male child,her life changed.Her husband with the support of his family got another wife in the quest to have a male child against her wish.The new wife moved into their home and all seemed manageable until her rival/co-wife bore her first male child. The co-wife then insisted on taking over Ezinne’s position at the family owned restaurant since she had a son who would eventually be the successor of the business according to Igbo tradition.

Ezinne suffered great humiliation losing favor with her husband as a result including means of sustenance for her then five girls.

At this point she left the city for her co-wife and took her children to the village. To sustain her children,she took to compound cleaning job for affluent families in exchange for meals.

In a twist of event three years later, Ezinne got back with her husband and came back with the kids to the city but life was no less better. Their restaurant business had collapsed. It was at this point of despair that she heard of The Nanny Academy and enrolled.

It’s been four years since then and now Ezinne’ s Nanny portfolio has spanned from caring for newborns to caring for school aged children.

Ezinne says she has enjoyed her job mostly because of her passion for kids as well as keeping good relationships. She admits it’s not so easy working in different home environments but tolerance has helped her cope.

Ezinne says that the Nanny job is lucrative and has been a source of livelihood for her and her seven daughters.

Ezinne advises up and coming Nannies to ‘know their job, be sincere, faithful, available and passionate about the job’.


University may not be for you, but what about Child Care?

University education

Have you ever thought about becoming a Professional Nanny /Governess? Do you worry that you lack the basic skills required to be one due a lack of university education? Fear no more, we have the solution.

The first step starts here! Register for our winning six months Certified Professional Child-caregiver program and begin a journey of learning and growing that will last a lifetime.

Our CPC program has opened the way of fulfillment and prosperity for many. It can do same for you too.
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Easter Egg Hunt Fiesta!!!

Easter Nanny

It’s one of our favorite time of the year…EASTER!!! We are excited to invite you to our Easter Egg Hunt Fiesta for children this holiday.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand on Tuesday 18th, April to entertain the kids as they hunt for the golden easter eggs.

Hurry now to indicate your interest as there are only limited tickets available.

Call the number on the flyer for more details.


Why our Cee n Care Kit matters

Meet Nene, a childminder who runs her own daycare in her home comprising of one bedroom and one sitting room in a two storey building, housing several apartments, located in Akoka area of Lagos Nigeria. Nene’s services is closing the gap for low-income families who cannot afford a standard daycare nor able to hire a private Nanny, by charging very low fees to take care of the children while their parents work.

Nene has no training in childcare and only holds the senior secondary school certificate (equivalent of high school).

Nene

Nene has never heard of early childhood education as a concept nor its benefits. Her best efforts at childcare includes making sure she feeds the children every two hours and making them sleep and watch tv if there is electricity. She cares for children aged 0 to 3 years through the day and have older children join in her care after school. Most times,her two underage staff aged 14 and 17 whom she recruited from the village helps to pick up the after school charges. Within her room and parlour, Nene cares for close to 25 kids and charges a daily rate of N300 (approximately $1) or a monthly N5000 ($17).

When asked if she was formally trained to take care of children, Nene told us she was called by God to do what she does. She told us how she started taking care of babies at the age of 5 when her parents gave her out as a domestic staff to a relative. When asked if she was open to being trained Nene said she can’t find the time to leave the children except on Sundays as some children do sleep over especially children of Nurses and Nannies.

Home based childminders like Nene are the reason we are going into interior communities and disadvantaged communities to revamp and ignite action to reduce the inequalities in early childhood and care. Nene’s facility, a one room apartment has no ventilation except the entrance door and no toilet facility. In our presence, three toddler boys went out the door to pee into the gutter. The heat inside was unbearable and we chose to stay outside on a bench yet flies would not let us be. There is a water well positioned where we sat right at the entrance and of course no signboard. There is nothing like playground. We witnessed a couple of parents come and pick their kids at about 6pm and they told us Nene’s place was a home away from home for their kids.

With our introduction of Cee n Care Kit, training and community network of Home-based childminders, we are convinced that more children will enjoy the benefits of early childhood care and education and more prosperity will be created for the Home based childminders.


University may not be for you, but what about Child Care? Have you ever thought about becoming a Professional Nanny /Governess? The first step starts here! Click on the link to learn about our winning six months program that have opened the way of fulfilment and prosperity for many.

www.thenannyacademy.com

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Reading: The earlier, the better…

Reading

The importance of reading to toddlers cannot be stressed enough. It sets the foundation for later independent reading. Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers — and reading is one of the best exposures to language.

Reading problems can be challenging to fix when discovered in elementary school, but most reading problems can be prevented if exposure to reading starts in the toddler and preschool years. Before children can read independently, they need emergent literacy skills.

Teaching children to read early and well has multiple benefits as highlighted above and is the key to your child’s academic future.


Co-sleeping: No crib? No problem!

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This report will gladden the heart of many mothers that are proud ‘co-sleepers’. Skipped the crib when shopping for baby items? You wouldn’t be the first and in fact, the article shows that doing without the crib serves your child better. Dr. Nils Bergman, a pediatrician, recommends babies sleep with their mothers at least three years for optimal brain development; says babies who sleep in cribs have smaller brains and insecure attachment.

The article continues by stating that like all mammals, humans have been sleeping with their babies for millions of years. Babies have an innate desire to stay in constant contact with their caregivers for survival.

In most of the world, it’s still the norm for children to sleep with their parents and/or grandparents all the way up until adolescence. But in the Western world, parents have to keep up with the fast-pace of life and not let their babies slow them down. They need an uninterrupted 7 or 8 hours of sleep so they can get Baby to daycare and themselves to work in the morning. So they put her in a plush pink cage in the other room, so they aren’t woken by “every little sound she makes.”

They are warned by doctors that “sleep training” will be really hard for the first couple of weeks, but if they don’t give in to their babies’ cries for help, they will eventually give up and sleep through the night at as young as 2-months.

But Dr. Bergman, a specialist in perinatal neuroscience and founder of the Kangaroo Mother Care movement, says being separated from their mothers all night is extremely stressful for babies and young children and stunts their brain development.

Stress and lack of sleep damages brain development.

Even after babies have “cried it out” and appear to be sleeping through the night, they are not getting restful sleep, which is essential for brain development.

Bergman monitored 16 infants while they slept on their mother’s chest and while they slept in a cot by her bed. Their heart rate and irregular breathing revealed they were in three times as much stress when they slept alone.

The study showed a 176 percent increase in autonomic activity and an 86 percent decrease in “quiet sleep” during maternal separation.

When babies are separated from their mothers for a noticeable period of time, they interpret it as a state of emergency, Bergman says. Their heart rate and blood pressure increases and they wave their arms and legs and cry to get their mom’s attention. This uses a lot of energy which the baby should be using to grow.

Babies separated by only one meter from their mothers, in a crib at the bottom of the bed, showed double the levels of cortisol. Stress hormones cause wear and tear over time, damaging cells and organs.