Emotional safety is important to the development of children. That’s why our Nannies listen and pay close attention to the children. To see what they are talking about and what is going on inside them. Every child has their own personality and wants to be recognised and respected. That’s why our Nannies always tell your child what they are going to do or what they are doing. This way, a child understands what is about to happen and feels respected. Which, in turn, stimulates the sense of emotional security.
At CompaNanny we take every child seriously. We do this by communicating with them from the start, even if they can’t talk yet. We state what we are going to do so that your child knows what is about to happen. “I’m going to pick you up now”, is a phrase that you regularly hear in the group. Getting your child used to set patterns also gives them a sense of security. This is done by following set daily rhythm and singing certain songs at specific times.
Not only do we communicate what we do, we also state what we see. One example of this is: “You fell over, I can see you are sad.” By recognising and naming feelings and behaviour, children learn to recognise and regulate their emotions. The Nannies do not make any value judgements on the children’s reactions. All emotions are allowed. This way your child feels seen and heard and is given the space to be who they are.
In order to enhance emotional security in children, we ensure we are always honest and fair; we treat your child with respect. We do this by, among other things, communicating with them at eye level. Which means we literally and figuratively move towards your child. Furthermore, we always use the first-person perspective when talking to the children. This is how our Nannies indicate what their expectations and wishes are. We also teach the children to express themselves in this way too. For example, by saying, “Stop, it hurts me when you hit me,” as opposed to, “Ow, you’re being naughty”. Being clear and talking from a first-person point of view makes the other party feel respected. In this way, we are sincere and we ensure an emotionally safe environment.
We offer an environment in which your child can make decisions and choices are taken seriously. This leaves them with the feeling that they are proficient and that they have real influence. In this way we create an emotionally safe space for them to grow. This results in a sense of calm. What’s more, making decisions stimulates independence. This way your child learns to base their actions on their own thoughts and they will notice that it is nice to be independent.
Life is full of ups and downs. Therefore, we find it important to teach children how to deal with setbacks. It is therefore our mission to make your child strong and resilient. At CompaNanny, your child is encouraged to come up with solutions and to be creative in doing so. Furthermore, being strong and resilient ensures that children have more self-confidence and can deal with difficult situations more easily.
Our Nannies are committed and sensitive and stimulate these skills, which are important in life. We teach children to recognise their feelings and to deal with them in a good way.
At CompaNanny, everything we do is based on the principle of a competent child. We know that children inherently have the urge to develop. They are curious. Our Nannies encourage this need, and they do so by letting children discover and do things by themselves as much as possible. Our Nannies ensure that they are always on hand and can intervene where and when necessary. As a child subsequently achieves successes, their self-confidence grows. And we let them achieve their successes at their own pace. With us they get the time, space and freedom to practice. We encourage children to do things themselves and thereby show them that we believe in them. Which then leads to them believing in themselves too.
In our 7 Values you can find out more about the competencies we consider most important to stimulate.