Being a professional nanny requires keeping up with the latest thinking, understanding and research into child development. Continual professional development is an important part of the role of a modern nanny.
As a parent or carer it is also interesting to understand a little more in-depth about what is going on at different stages of your child’s development.
There are many different ways to keep refreshing and adding to your knowledge base. Talks, courses and reading academic articles are just a few ways to do this. It’s hard to always find the time to attend talks so below we have shared three interesting TED talks about different parts of child development.
A little background info on TED talks incase you are new to them. “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”
What Do Babies Think?
Alison Gopnik a child development psychologist, discusses the fascinating minds of babies and children, and shows us how much we understand before we even realise we do.
The Linguistic Genius of Babies
Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.
What We Learn Before We’re Born
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
How do you like to keep up with your continual professional development as nannies, let us know in the comments!