Nowadays, the world is simply growing into a global village. More and more parents recognize the many benefits of kids learning multiple languages early, including multitasking, problem-solving, and concentration ability. The easiest way for your child to be bilingual is growing up with someone who speaks a different language. And if you don’t know another language, having a bilingual nanny will be an excellent resource to help your child learn a second language naturally.
Additionally, if you live a busy and hectic lifestyle, a nanny with or without bilingualism will come in handy with you outsource some of your house chores.
All sound good, but every family is different with various needs.
As the parent, you wonder...
Should I hire a bilingual nanny?
Unfortunately, you, as the parent, will need to determine if such a bilingual nanny is right for you. Fortunately, we have listed out a few pros and cons as we explore the implications of hiring a bilingual nanny:
Let us talk about the pros first.
- Expose your child to another culture and language
Bilingual nannies can expose your child to different cultures and other ways of life, in addition to educating your child in a new language. Your child has the advantage of knowing about other parts of the world, and this will open their minds and continue to thrive as adults.
Hiring a bilingual nanny is an effective way of cutting early education costs. At some point, you might need to pay for language tuition or lessons for your child, but you can avoid that by having a bilingual nanny at home in addition to the bonus of a caregiver for housework.
- Experience caregiver
Most of the bilingual nannies may have come from abroad and have been working for some time in different homes, so they bring the experience of a good caregiver and other areas of expertise to your households, such as delicious cooking and good organization skills. Some of them may be around middle age, which could translate to the right experience, qualifications, and skills to care for your child.
Now, let’s talk about the cons.
- Communication barrier
Getting a bilingual nanny and not speaking the language is the biggest con by far. However, there are ways around it. Parents need to communicate openly with the child’s caregiver, so make sure both of you have at least a primary language that you are comfortable with for communication.
- Lengthy-time commitment
If you are hiring a bilingual nanny, you will need to get ready for a lengthy commitment. Kids might not learn different languages fast. They need time for them to understand and differentiate between two or more languages (you do not need to worry about language confusion or delayed speeches). As such, you will not want to change the caregiver or let her leave midway because this will hamper your child’s learning process. You will need to be prepared and give the support your child and caregiver needs in this process.
- Additional training might be needed
Because some of the bilingual nannies are from abroad, they may be trained under different standards, including driving. It might present a challenge if your job requires them to pick up and drop off kids or run some errands. Training is recommended to get them more prepared for your position.
All in all, having a bilingual nanny will provide significant benefits to your child and your family. If you can work around the cons, it is likely the pros will outweigh the cons. Your effort and investment in such a nanny will far exceed your expected returns.
AyiConnect is a platform to connect families with helpers who have a language specialty in addition to care. You can engage with them directly through self service or concierge service. Our concierge service can help busy families who don’t have time to search or need language assistance. Schedule a free consultation here for our concierge service, or download our app.