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Nannies pampered on their own special day

While thanksgiving is not traditionally celebrated in South Africa, Nanny ‘n Me founder Lara Schoenfeld says this is the perfect time to show thanks to childminders for the role they play in children’s lives.

The organisation, which offers weekly group sessions for babies and toddlers to come together with their nannies and engage in age-appropriate play, recently held their annual celebration day.

Addressing the crowd of 1000 parents, nannies, babies and toddlers gathered at The Oval, Century City, Schoenfeld said, “You are brave and self-sacrificing; you carry so many burdens, and yet you come to work full of energy and love for our children. You kiss their owies when we are not there, you make them lunch and let them sleep on your backs; you sing to them, play with them and laugh with them – nannies, where would we be without you?” she asked.

She also went on to say that 69% of the nannies they surveyed take two hours to get to work after waking up at 04:30 every morning, and spend 12% of their income commuting to work.

Enjoying the celebration day was Veronica, nanny to two-year-old Jack together with his mother Nora. “I appreciate hearing about different ways to teach children, and how the kids learn to play with each other and share,” she said, of the weekly groups.

For Nora, the community that Nanny ‘n Me has created has been a highlight.

“The group has bonded so much that they do play dates and go to the library together on other days of the week. I have peace of mind that they are always having fun.”

The sense of community spirit was tangible at the event, which is an opportunity for nannies to get the recognition they so deserve.

“We have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day; but why not Nanny’s Day?” asked Schoenfeld. “Well nannies, this is your day.” Nannies were treated to hand massages, a goodie bag and a variety of spoils; and lunch was provided for everyone.

Nannies brought their families and everyone enjoyed the various activities and entertainment on offer.

“I still remember my nanny sitting with me as a little girl, showing me how to count with beans. And my love for maths was born,” said Schoenfeld.

“Nannies, you are our children’s first teachers; and are part of the most important years in their lives. Your effect is everlasting; and that is a superpower indeed.”

Find out more at nannynme.co.za.

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