We love nanny share because we believe it's the single best form of childcare in terms of child development.
With nanny share, babies and young toddlers get the benefits of a personal, intimate relationship with a single carer. This promotes secure attachment, which is vital to achieve in the first three years of life and which is a fundamental building block of lifelong mental health.
Meanwhile, children also get the social benefits of spending time with another child. Evidence shows that spending time with other children, in settings where they become almost as close as siblings, is enormously beneficial for cognitive, emotional, social and linguistic development. These benefits begin right from the earliest days, when the children are babies, and continue through toddlerhood.
It truly is the best of both worlds.
But don't just take our word for it…. Here are some headlines of recent evidence from neuroscience and child development, showing that while babies and young toddlers in a nanny share are figuring out how other humans tick, they’re simultaneously laying strong foundations for social robustness, resilience and mental health.
- Babies are calmer when with other babies —and can even help to calm each other down
- Toddlers who spend time together learn co-operative play faster, including helping and sharing behaviours
- Young children talk more about thoughts, feelings and ideas to other children than they do to adults
- Younger children who spend time with older kids learn language faster
- Children who have sibling-like relationships – with older or younger kids – have better social skills. This helps them navigate relationships better when they’re older.
- One massive survey of 57,000 adults found that each additional sibling reduces the likelihood of a person’s divorce by 2 percent in later life. In other words, having siblings helps kids figure out how social relationships work, so they can do them better.
In summary, nanny share allows children to get the developmental benefits of being with another child while not overwhelming them with large numbers of constantly-changing different faces as might happen in a nursery. This is important particularly for younger toddlers and babies, who are still forming secure attachments.
As parents, one of the most important things we can do is to help our children learn to make friends, and have healthy relationships. We love visiting nanny share families and seeing the kids having a ball together, laughing, helping each other, and having cuddles. Seeing children playing together is the BEST. It's good to know that the instinctive joy we feel when we see kids so happy together is backed up by scientific research!
If you're interested in a nanny share you can find out more here.