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Nannies
Raising Brooklyn : nannies, childcare, and Caribbeans creating community
Tamara Mose Brown.
New York : New York University Press, c2011.
Raising Brooklyn offers an in-depth look at the daily lives of women of Caribbean descent who provide childcare for white middle-and upper-middleclass families, examining the important roles they play in the families whose children they help to raise. Though at first glance these childcare providers appear isolated and exploited-and this is the case for many-Mose Brown shows that their daily interactions in the social spaces they create allow their collective lives and cultural identities to flourish. Book jacket.
     
Nannies & au pairs : hiring in-home child care
Ilona Bray.
Berkeley, Calif. : Nolo, 2010.
Whether you've got a new baby, toddler, or grade-schooler, turning your child over to someone else is a big transition. How will you find a care giver you trust? How much will in-home care cost? Will you feel forced to pay under the table? And what's the difference between a nanny and an au pair, anyway?
     
Just like family : inside the lives of nannies, the parents they work for, and the children they love
Tasha Blaine.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
When she was in her early 30s, Blaine briefly became a nanny. She had expected an easy, nine-to-five stint, but instead discovered the vast, varied, and largely unknown world of nannies. "Just Like Family" takes readers deep inside the lives of women whose job it is to love.
     
Tips from a British nanny
by Penelope Fairchild.
San Francisco, CA : Conari Press, 2008.
From the time of Mary Poppins to the present day, British nannies have always had a special way with children. And though trends and guidelines for bringing up children may come and go, much of the time-honored wisdom of the traditional nanny finds a welcome place with every generation. Each chapter of this delightful book presents heartwarming advice for parents of newborns to preschoolers and covers everything from feeding infants to potty training to handling tantrums. Illustrated with Victorian-era line drawings, Tips from a British Nanny shows that the loving nurture and tender care shown by the best nannies is as valuable as it ever was.
     
How to hire a nanny : [your complete guide to finding, hiring and retaining a nanny and other household help]
by Guy Maddalone.
Naperville, Ill. : Sphinx Pub., 2007.
Hiring someone to watch your children, care for an aging parent or to provide any other assistance you may need around your home can be an incredibly time-consuming and difficult process. Making sure you comply with all of the employment, hiring, payroll and tax regulations, as well as just being a good employer, is crucial in making this relationship work.
     
You'll never nanny in this town again : [the true adventures of a Hollywood nanny]
Suzanne Hansen.
New York : Three Rivers, c2005.
Hansen once worked as a 'round-the-clock, jack-of-all-trades nanny for Michael Ovitz, then finally quit for happier homes. Here's a diaper's-eye view of Hollywood celebrity.
     
California holiday : or, how the world's worst summer job gave me a great new life
Kate Cann.
New York, NY : Avon Books, 2005.
From the author of the popular "Spanish Holiday" comes another irresistible page-turner about a girl desperate to escape her small English town, who is soon on her own for one fabulous summer in California.
     
White House Nannies : [true tales from the other Department of Homeland Security]
by Barbara Kline.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2005.
  1. Large print ed.
  2. "Unabridged"--T.p. Verso.
  3. Originally published: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2005.
     

Becoming a nanny can be a good career choice for someone with a degree in early childhood education or nursing.  Today nannies are found working in many dual-income households throughout the United States.   One of several childcare options, nannies typically are invited to live with the family, adapting to the family’s lifestyle.

This child-care option can benefit the child, parent, and nanny.  Parents believe having a nanny adds flexibility to both their and their child’s lives.  The child benefits by remaining in a familiar home setting. The nanny--with a background in child rearing, education, nursing, or child psychology—provides parents with a quality employee who can be trusted with their most valuable asset, their child. 

Famous Nannies

Mary Poppins
Nanny McPhee
Nanny Fine on The Nanny
Nanny & the Profession sitcom
Tony Danza in Who’s the Boss
Mrs Doubtfire

Famous Nannies

For the nanny, it’s a career that’s key to the child’s education and well-being.  As a nanny, time is spent tending to the basic needs of the children--including shopping, meals, and discipline.   Nannies also set up learning, as well as entertainment, activities.  Nannies with early education degrees may provide home schooling.  For some it is the satisfaction of educating two or three children for several years that draws them to the career.

Not all nannies are women.  Men, called mannies, are becoming more common.  Single mothers and families where the father must travel find a male nanny a good addition to the family. 

The life of a nanny is not easy with its long days and demanding duties.  However the opportunity to play such a crucial role in a child’s life makes this lifelong career a labor of love.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff