Why is Little Land Nursery nanny-free and how can it benefit your child?
Although there may be nannies out there who are naturally good at their jobs, there are more advantages to having well-educated staff members around your child. Being a nanny-free nursery simply means that there are no nannies working in the classrooms. All of our staff are fully trained and educated. Many of them were or are teachers or nurses. In fact, as far as we’re aware, we are the only nursery in Dubai with no nannies employed in our classrooms. It’s especially important to us that our teachers and staff have a deep understanding of our philosophies, especially the Montessori methods.
Providing the safest environment possible is a constant priority for us and in order to do that, our staff must be trained in areas such as health and safety, what to do in an emergency, first aid and more. However, the most important aspect of any staff member’s role is providing the very best education for your child. In order to deliver that, we feel that education and training is paramount.
We provide opportunities to our teachers for further education and have regular training sessions throughout the year. We take our own education seriously so that we can give your child the very best teaching, as per the Montessori teaching philosophy:
“Central to Montessori’s method of education is the dynamic triad of child, teacher and environment.” – Montessori education: a review of the evidence base
In other words, having the right teachers and teaching assistants is as important as providing the correct environment as it directly impacts your child’s education. To that end, although we understand the very important role of nannies in homes, we believe there is a certain qualification and training required for the classroom environment.
So, what qualification and traits do our teacher assistants possess?
Our teacher assistants have the relevant educational requirements. They have a good understanding of psychology and early childhood development. They are also open to continuing their education through further educational courses, in Little Land Nursery or elsewhere.
If someone had obtained their A-levels and no further education or qualifications, they wouldn’t qualify for the role of teacher assistant in our nursery. However, it would be possible for them to work as an understudy or intern in the classroom, gaining experience in the classroom environment whilst continuing their education and working their way up to a classroom assistant or a teacher’s assistant.
What about the teachers in the classrooms? What skills do they possess?
Our teachers have a special way of understanding how a child’s mind and body works throughout the morning. They possess the psychological understanding needed about how best to work with a child’s natural cycles, their curve of ordered work.
Along with that, here are some skills that we consider absolutely essential for our teachers to possess:
- Attention to detail and the ability to take things in
- An interest in children and education
- Ability to take instructions
- Ability to take the initiative
Our teachers are also expected to be able to manage their time on the spot. For example, if one child needs attention, they need to know how to be able to provide what that child needs whilst also not leaving out or neglecting any of the other children.
Montessori talks about some of the qualities needed in order to be a good teacher and that “she should be distinguished by quality even more than by culture.” Some of those qualities are:
Montessori talked about the importance of the teacher to be an observer in the classroom – and this was a skill to be trained in. Just as a scientist observes their work, so must a teacher be as passionate to watch the children and see how they work and what they do. It is not simply enough to ‘watch’; a teacher must be trained in order to understand what they are seeing – and how that relates to a child’s learning and development.
Anyone who has children or has ever worked with children will surely understand the importance of patience! It’s essential that all of our staff are extremely patient – and when someone has that passion and motive to become a teacher, that trait tends to be instinctually in their nature.
“But how would it be if the master should seek the truth in the soul of the child? What an incomparable dignity would be his! To raise himself to this height, however, he would have to be initiated into the ways of humility, of self-abnegation, of patience; and to destroy the pride which is built on the void of vanity.” – Spontaneous Activity in Education
Teachers and teacher assistants who work at Little Land Nursery are extraordinarily patient, kind and non-judgmental. We have kind and talented staff who we are proud to work with every day.
Many people say that teaching is not a job but a vocation – it’s a lifelong career motivated by a love for children and a desire to educate the next generation. Those who have spent time training have shown dedication to the role by that commitment to their own education in teaching. Whether they have studied teaching, education or children’s nursing for one year, three or more, that time spent proves their enthusiasm and devotion.
Montessori talks of training teachers as you would a scientist – a job that requires skills, patience and holds just as much importance. That is applicable in everything we do at Little Land Nursery; not only are our staff professionally trained but this is a job role they’ve chosen that comes from the heart.