Foothill College is entering its fall term this week with a new offering – the Family and Nannies Studies Program.
Nicole Kerbey, child development instructor and department chair, said the Family and Nanny Studies program, created in collaboration with the Institute for Families and Nannies, is unique in that it allows professional nannies to defend themselves by pursuing a formal education.
“We don’t know of any other courses offered by an accredited college,” she said. “Families in our area frequently employ nannies and we think they will appreciate specific training for their employees. “
Kerbey said the college has offered courses, certificates and diplomas in child development and early childhood education for years, and while they don’t rule out nannies, the new courses communication and self-reflection for nannies, home program and home safety and nutrition for young children – are tailored specifically to them. With the three new courses, in addition to those already available, the global program offers comprehensive training for nannies.
“Currently, these three new courses can be used for an associate degree in arts in child development, and we also hope to offer a specific certificate of achievement in nanny and family studies soon,” Kerbey said.
Kristen Davis, who developed the nanny and family curriculum and will co-teach the classes, said that a successful nanny-parent-child relationship often involves people from different backgrounds who may have different backgrounds. different value systems and personal or cultural backgrounds.
“Practice articulating some of these goals and values, and the rationale for ‘practice’ – what the nanny does and why or how she supports the healthy growth and development of the child in a number of areas – being able to talk about these aspects of the job prepares everyone involved in the care of the child to communicate with each other from a caring and informed perspective, ”said Davis.
Child development instructor Jennifer Perez said Foothill’s approach is to elevate the nanny profession. Early childhood education in California has traditionally focused on preparing educators to teach in center-based programs such as Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten.
“This (program) is specifically designed for the nanny practitioner around partnering with families on various approaches to early care and education,” Perez said. “Our goal is to increase the visibility of the specialized practice that nannies bring to their work with families and young children at home. “
Kerbey introduced another new offering to Foothill: his Introductory Elementary Education course as part of his AA-T Elementary Teacher Education Diploma. Students will be able to begin their courses at Foothill and in less than two years complete their lower division requirements and transfer to a California State University as a junior.
“The need for teachers is great, and COVID has magnified this problem,” Kerbey said. “Bay Area classroom kids need passionate and qualified teachers in their classrooms. We can help students begin the education they need to be those teachers.
There is still room in the Introductory Elementary Education course – Foothill can accommodate 40 students and the college has enrolled 20.
For more information on the program, visit foothill.edu/childdevelopment/nanny.html.