Magazine article USA TODAY

How to Pick a Proper Nanny

Magazine article USA TODAY

How to Pick a Proper Nanny

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Although they have been popular in Great Britain for decades, nannies just now are becoming a serious child care option in America, according to Wanda Draper, a child development expert at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Just as nursing and other similar professions are requiring more education, the decade of the 1990s is ushering in a new type of nanny--women (and even men, on occasion) who have been certified through college-level programs.

"When it comes to hiring a nanny parents have a lot of options," she points out "Obviously, the most desirable candidate is a professional, certified nanny who has had experience and/or who has completed a college program that requires at least 16 weeks of training, with an additional 150 to 200 hours of supervised internship working directly with children." The curriculum should have included the highlights of child development, behavior and guidance, infant care, food preparation, nutrition, first aid, safety, and educational activities for youngsters.

Unlike an occasional baby-sitter, the nanny becomes an extension of the family, whether she lives inside or outside the home. Nannies build lifelong emotional and psychological attachments to the children. …

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