Whether you are a stay-at-home mama or a working mama, having a nanny at home to help take care of your little one is a blessing. A loving, caring and well-trained nanny who can babysit and do some light household duties will allow mothers to work, spend quality time with family, or even get some time for self-care.
However, finding an experienced nanny who is the best fit for your family can be quite hard. You may spend hours searching for the right person and may still find candidates who don’t have the necessary skills you are looking for. While you may be able to train your nanny to follow the routines of your home, it may still not be enough, especially when it comes to ensuring child safety and providing pediatric first aid if required.
But why first aid training? According to a study released in 2010 by Dr. Michal Grivna, associate professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science at the University of the UAE, accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among children under the age of 14. Of these, falls and drowning account for 10 percent of all accidental deaths among children.
While most women who work as nannies in the country are well-meaning individuals, they often have little to no knowledge on how to respond to medical emergencies. Apart from that, these women come from different cultural backgrounds and may resort to home remedies, which could be unscientific and sometimes dangerous when treating a condition, especially in young children.
So in this blog, we will talk more about how to find a good nanny for your child/children and invest in upskilling them for doing a better job.
Qualities to look for in a nanny
First and foremost, a nanny who is responsible for taking care of your precious little ones must love being around children. Ideally, she must have some experience in the role, at least for a year or two. Ensure that your nanny is reliable, efficient, and trustworthy. She must also be able to listen to directions and be proactive in her work when the situation calls for it. Additionally, a nanny should have good communication skills, especially to interact with your children as well as converse with you and provide feedback about the children.
With that said, if you are waiting for a nanny with all these desirable skills and more, you may hold out forever without any success. While many young women come to the UAE to make a career out of babysitting, most of them lack even the basic skills to do the job. What they lack in skills and experience may be covered by their love for kids and enthusiasm to work hard. If you find such a nanny, who you believe can do wonders if upskilled, look no further than our pediatric first aid and babysitting safety courses.
Pediatric first aid course for nannies
If you have decided to upskill your nanny, start by enrolling her in a pediatric first aid course. Our pediatric first aid course is an all-comprehensive program that is based upon the 2015 CPR and First Aid Guidelines, Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed; and other evidence-based treatment recommendations. Nannies and babysitters are included in our list of intended audiences for this course.
This 2-hour course will certify your nanny in Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED, getting them ready for their job. Having these skills and knowledge will enable the nannies in the below situations-
- Understand where to find the necessary medical information and how to use it in case of an emergency.
- Know the location of the first aid kit and use it accurately if required.
- Know how to perform CPR and first aid in case of a serious mishap.
- Have the right presence of mind to reach out to parents and/or other emergency contacts in case it’s needed.
The pediatric first aid course from our health and safety solutions institution is valid for 2 years. If required, you can recommend your nanny to take a refresher course after that.
Child and babysitting safety course
This is a simpler program, generally meant for older children and young adults who are interested in babysitting as a part-time job. If your nanny is fairly new to babysitting and childcare, this course will be useful for her as well. The 4-hour course will have written and practical tests to ensure that the trainee has all the basic knowledge to take up the job.
When you hire a nanny to care for your child, remember that she is going to play a very big role in your little one’s life. Whether you are around at home or not, your child will be spending a lot of his or her time with this person, who will thereby influence their early growth and development. While finding an honest, caring, and well-meaning nanny for your child may take away a large part of your worries, upskilling her to be better at her job will help you find complete peace of mind.
By enrolling your nanny for a pediatric first aid training you are not only ensuring your child/ children’s safety but also providing a platform for your nanny to learn a skill, which will be useful to her, long after she is relieved from your service once your children are all grown up. A caring employer will have a happy employee who will provide top-notch service. So book a pediatric first aid training course for your nanny with HSS today!