With 94% of UAE families employing nannies to look after their children, there's no doubt that one of the biggest perks of UAE life is the relatively low cost of employing fulltime help at home.
However, the vast majority of these domestic helpers have no formal qualifications in childcare, meaning that when it comes to sophisticated parenting techniques such as behaviour management in toddlers or childhood nutrition - or even crucial childcare skills such as paediatric first aid or home safety - they may be found lacking. It's a situation that has been a matter of concern for the Dubai School of Government, and is something that should be considered by all of us entrusting the care of our most precious bundles to employees.
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Thankfully, there's recently been a rise in affordable training options for nannies in the UAE, including some low-cost apps, but the latest innovation to hit our shores is a new four-day bootcamp, offered by training company CloudNine Kids.
Run by UK-qualified ex-nanny, governess and teacher Angelica Robinson, this bootcamp runs at two separate intervals over the summer, meaning that if your family is going away, it could be the ideal time to up-skill your domestic helper to put your own mind at ease, while also investing in her own childcare career and employment future.
Based in Business Bay, the training scheme is separated into three versions related to your child's age (6-18 months; 18-36 months and 3-6 years) and consists of three classroom-based sessions covering health and hygiene habits, interaction and development skills, nutrition and behaviour management, followed by an additional six-hour first aid and child safety course, offered in collaboration with professional first aid trainers Health and Safety Solutions.
In addition to the classes and interactive sessions, your nanny will be assessed and receive a Highfield Certification that is valid for two years, as well as homework assignments and take-home learning materials, all for Dh1,200.
Babies (6-18 months)
AM July 16, 17 ,18
PM August 13, 14, 15
Toddlers (18-36 months|)
AM July 16, 17, 18
PM August 13, 14, 15
School age (3-6 years)
AM July 23,24,25
One of the major criticisms levied at many UAE families' reliance on domestic employees for childcare is that they don't tend to have relevant qualifications.
While the women so many of us employ to take care of our little bundles day in and day out may have an abundance of natural skill and talent at childrearing, the majority of them aren't certified in any formal way - indeed it's the very lack of such qualifications that tends to make their employment affordable for so many families.
But a new nanny-training bootcamp from CloudNine Kids is looking to help up-skill those employed in the role of nanny, giving her the opportunity to learn and grow in her childcare career, while reassuring you that she has a well-rounded education