Today, we have a large number of married women who work. And many of them are mothers too. What I particularly want to talk about here are those ‘new’ mothers. After their maternity leave, which is around two months, they have to worry about finding a good and qualified nursery or someone to look after their newborn. And that is not an easy task.
It is no secret that parents don’t really trust nurseries, especially those we have in Mauritius. They hire just about anyone, not really stressing on having the required skills and qualifications. Well, maybe not all but most are like that. We have countless stories that have been reported in the news that I’m sure gave terrible goosebumps.
But what are those parents to do? Their options are very limited. Some may think of grand-parents. However now grand-parents do not live under the same roof, or they live far or they are themselves frail or they just refuse. So despite themselves, parents leave their babies to the care of nurseries.
What would be a great option in my option are nannies. By definition a nanny is ‘employed by a family in either a live-in or live-out basis. The function of a nanny is to essentially be responsible for all care of the children in the home in a largely unsupervised setting. Duties are typically focused on childcare and any household chores or tasks related to the children. ‘ <http://childcare.about.com/cs/homecare/g/Nanny.htm>
In many developed countries, mainly the US or Europe, there are nanny agencies. They also provide nanny consulting services. Those people are properly trained and there is a whole set of rules and regulations that they abide to. *Also, and very importantly, nannies are not to be confused with babysitters.*
In Mauritius, while there are various instances encouraging women to join the workforce, that particular social aspect has been neglected: What do we do of the babies when the mothers have to work?
Again in my opinion, the Government could set up national agencies that could train people in childcare, to train those who are interested in becoming qualified nannies. And so that parents can rest assured or rather, work peacefully, there must be some kind of regulation or some piece of legislature, like for example, granting licenses to qualified nannies.
I know that the ‘nanny concept’ will be a hard one to grasp by Mauritians but as many of the advantages will become known, more and more families will tend to adapt it. And nannies do not necessarily have to be live-in ones. Mauritius ain’t that big an island. 🙂
On a more personal note, this post springs from my last post. 😛 I’ve already decided that no child of mine will see the inside of a nursery! I’ll train my own nanny if I have to! 😉
<or maybe I can set up that nanny agency myself (!)> *-*