Foreign Language Nannies

Almost half of Nanny Poppinz™ clients request nannies who speak another language.

Many parents want nannies fluent in another language to help tutor their tots. It's important for the child to see that the language is valued by other people -- adults and children alike.

Many parents seek caregivers fluent in another language and culture. Nanny Poppinz™ has seen a sharp increase in the last five years in requests for caregivers who speak a language other than english.

For immigrant families and their descendants, nannies help pass on heritage, and they use traditional child-rearing techniques. Other parents hope a Nanny will give their children an early start in learning another language, or they believe people from certain cultures are more nurturing. We find that a Nanny from the same culture as a child's parents is more likely to understand what the parents want.

Families are realizing that children can be familiar with other cultures, and why not incorporate that into American culture? Having respect for other nationalities, customs and languages has become the norm. When you get a perspective on another culture, it opens up so much, it makes you appreciate your own culture, the advantages and disadvantages.

Families involved in international business are thinking ahead, many of whom work in high tech, investment banking or finance. Families want to give their children a head start in business in 20 years.

Living in a bilingual home may cause a temporary delay in the onset of both languages, but children are usually proficient in both before age 5, studies show.

Experts say that children need to be exposed to a different language for at least 30 percent of their waking hours to become bilingual. Less exposure may allow the child to comprehend but not speak a second language. Learning a second language is simple for children, relative to adults, but it doesn't happen overnight.

Nannies must consistently use the language with the child for simple games and songs and they must use it while reading aloud.

Parents also should look for opportunities for their children to hear speakers other than their nanny, even playmates, and use the language at ethnic restaurants or in foreign countries.

Sometime the child's grandparents only speak that language, and families want their children to be able to talk to her grandparents and everyone else at home. That'll help in nurturing a closely knit family. We all want that level of security and attachment for our children, to develop that with their extended families and to our community.