Here are some recommended books for professional nannies:
“The Whole Brain Child” by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
Children’s brains work in totally unique ways, and sometimes the best way to connect with them is to get inside their heads. This book offers a unique look at how children’s brains mature at every stage, plus expert-approved strategies for helping children through everything from tantrums to sibling rivalry to common fears. The best part is that this book can help you anticipate changes in children’s behavior as they develop so you’re better prepared for every new stage and can be a huge help to your nanny family.
“No Drama Discipline” by Daniel J. Siegel. This book builds on the brain science shared in The Whole Brain Child and offers realistic strategies to calmly and lovingly help children cope with their big emotions and redirect problem behaviors.
“The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp, M.D. Nannies of babies will gain so much from this read by baby expert Harvey Karp. Karp is a favourite among celebrity and non-celebrity parents for his nurturing approach to dealing with sleeping, feeding, and other developmental issues. This book will help you develop a secure attachment with the babies in your care and expertly navigate every new stage from the newborn days to baby’s first birthday.
“How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber. This book is a classic and is all about communication-how you communicate with children and how to help them better communicate with you. It includes practice exercises for you to try and will help the children you nanny feel seen and heard, no matter the situation.
“The Professional Nanny” by Monica Cardoza: This book covers various aspects of being a professional nanny, including developing positive relationships with families, understanding children’s needs, and navigating the challenges of the job.
“Nanny in a Book: The Common-Sense Guide to Childcare” by Louise Heren: Louise Heren, a former nanny, shares her experiences and provides practical advice on childcare, including tips on creating a nurturing environment and managing different age groups.
“The Babysitter’s Handbook: The Care and Keeping of Kids” by Harriet Brown: While not specific to nannies, this handbook covers essential childcare skills, safety, and activities that can be useful for professional nannies in the UK.
“The Professional Nanny’s Handbook: Essential Information for Nannies” by Victoria Khroundina: This handbook covers a range of topics relevant to professional nannies, including communication with parents, creating a safe environment, and planning educational activities.
“Nanny Knows Best: The History of the British Nanny” by Katherine Holden: For those interested in the history and cultural aspects of the nanny profession in the UK, this book provides insights into the evolution of the role over the years.
“First Aid for Babies and Children Fast” by DK: It’s crucial for nannies to have a good understanding of first aid. This book provides clear instructions on dealing with common medical emergencies in infants and children.
“Early Childhood Education and Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland” by Marian Beaver: While focused on Ireland, this book provides insights into early childhood education and care that can be relevant to nannies in the UK.
“Nanny Contracts: How to Negotiate, Agree and Enforce Them” by Steve Xerri:
Understanding and negotiating contracts is an essential aspect of being a professional nanny. This book offers guidance on creating and enforcing nanny contracts.
“Common Sense for the Common Good: Worker Training, Curricula, and Tools for Your Nanny Search” by Trisha Doucette:
This book provides practical advice for nannies and families on finding the right match and creating a positive working relationship.
Remember to also stay informed about any specific regulations, certifications, or training required for nannies in the UK, and consider joining professional associations or networks for nannies in the region for ongoing support and resources.