Whatever age your child is, it is important to provide educational activities according to each of your child’s different developmental stages.

When providing an educational environment for the children, it is important to structure it with the following stages of development in mind:

Physical Development

Intellectual Development

Language Development

Emotional Development

Social Development

6 weeks – 6 months

Age appropriate toys and books

Talking and singing to the baby plus tummy time

Baby Gym

Rattles and soft toys

6 – 12 months

Toys and books

Colorful books, soft covers with different textures

Soft blocks

Educational toys

Sponge alphabet mat for floor

Activity centers

There will be lots of play time with the baby, encouraging him/her to sit up, crawl and then stand.

Play relaxing music, sing, talk and even dance with him/her

Local Baby groups (see our recommended “Places to Visit” list)

Swimming – Lessons available in local pool

Day trips to the Zoo, Imaginosity, Airfield Pet farm, Activity Places (see our recommended “Places to Visit” list)

Attending baby groups with other nannies and children

12 months – 24 months

Toys to strengthen his legs and encourage him to move forward

Toys for co-ordination, gross motor skills and fine motor skills

Lots of books – story time every day

Painting with non-toxic paint for babies and toddlers

Basic practical life skills e.g. teaching him how to spoon or pour, developing his/her self-esteem and confidence

Jigsaws – floor and table



Regular trips to the playground to go on the swings and slides


Zoo and Farm Day trips

Swimming lessons

Library sessions

Attending toddler groups with other nannies and children

Encouraging language development continuously

2 -3 years

Toilet training – many books available and information on the internet

Education – he/she maybe attending a Montessori school or playgroup 3-5 mornings every week

Encouraging the child’s independence, concentration, coordination, confidence, self-esteem, fine and gross motor skills

In the home environment there are many Montessori related activities that may be introduced to the child including:

Practical Life skills – spooning, pouring, cutting with a child sized scissors.

Later age – tie shoe laces

Sensorial – matching and naming colors, grading and sequencing of blocks

Mathematics – Sandpaper numbers, basic sums

Language – Sandpaper letters, word building

Cultural – learning about the world, history, zoology, botany, languages from around the world

Encouraging language development continuously

School age

Parents or the nanny may organize after school activities for the child or children

E.g. Ballet lessons, music classes, drama classes, dancing classes, singing classes, playball, rugby, football, hurling, tennis, badminton or hockey.

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