Bringing a French Education to the English
A French-speaking nanny service has recently seen a high demand in its clients here in the UK. Now it seems that UK parents are turning to their European counter-parts for parenting advice.
French parenting is extremely child-centric, with a new baby being the centre of family life for their first few months. After this period of closeness the expectations of children, from parents following a French style, are higher and children are taught core values including not interrupting an adult when talking, waiting for their meals at adult eating times and developing a more sophisticated food palette from a very early stage.
Many UK parents dream of their babies and toddlers sleeping through the night at four months, eating what is put in front of them and being happy to sit quietly at a restaurant table, and yet many argue that this expectation is what makes a French style of parenting and education better than the English. Roberta Marino, Mum of one and employer of a nanny from French Nanny London says “My son’s father is French and having our French Nanny allows us to communicate in a more natural way. I think it is very important to have a flow of words with young babies from both cultural backgrounds as above all it helps them express their feelings. We believe that our son is well behaved because he has a dual parenting style.”
Renowned for their easy calm authority, French nannies are being invited into family homes to help create polite, patient children with bilingual skills. The French influence on parenting can be recognised by providing:
- Education – in London French is spoken by over 13,000 school children and is the language most often studied at A-level.
- Culture – expands the sense of diversity and acceptance of cultural differences.
- Confidence – creates ability to pick up on accents more easily – making them more comfortable with a foreign language – which in turn will make being bilingual easier.
- Stimulation – hearing different sounds improves curiosity and learning skills.
- Analytical and Memory Skills – several studies have shown that from an early age switching from one language to another develops abilities to analyse and memorise better.
Camille Goffaux, an experienced nanny from Bordeaux says “All of the activities I do with the child I look after are in French. In a typical week, we conduct a large number of activities to both develop his language skills as well as his skills in general. Good manners are extremely important to French Nannies, including being able to behave well around other people. From a very early age, it is key to teach good values to children, remind them what is and what isn’t good behaviour teach them to be polite and to respect others. A French Nanny will try to achieve this and make sure that the children really adopt these values also when the nanny is not around in the long term.”