“What can I do to help my child learn at home, even if I work fulltime?”
“What kind of activities can my toddler do at home with her yaya while we are at work?”
“How can I make sure that my yaya does meaningful activities with my baby while I'm away?”
Most, if not all, parents who need to leave their children with a yaya or nanny would have probably asked one or all of the above questions at one point or another. I certainly did.
Back when I still had a job that required me to be at the office a few times a week, my kids had a yaya. Because we had decided to homeschool them, I would try to prepare simple learning activities that she — the kids’ “Ate” — could do with my children while I was away. When I’d get home, I would check if the activities had been done, and then do our own lessons based on the guidelines prepared by our homeschool curriculum provider.
It was quite challenging, though, to have our yaya comply with what I wanted her to do. After only a few weeks, I gave up on the idea. On hindsight, I feel that if she had learned about her role as a yaya from someone else — not me, her employer — things may have turned out better.
Currently, we don't have a yaya anymore, but if we did, I would surely enroll her in an upcoming workshop organized by The Learning Basket.
Because of their desire to help parents fulfill this role — that of being their kids' first and best teacher — The Learning Basket’s Mariel and Rosanne decided to come up with a learning event for every parent's assistant, i.e. yaya: the Teacher Yaya Workshop.
Mariel shares the brief background behind the workshop on their blog:
“A full year before The Learning Basket started offering parenting seminars, I was invited to speak to a large group of yayas in an exclusive subdivision. Unlike other yaya seminars, I spoke about the heart of the yaya, her special role in a child’s life, how she should look at a child’s actions, how she should respond to her “alaga,” how to play with her “alaga” instead of just watching TV, and many more. It was a fun morning and I got positive feedback from the participants and the organizers as well.”
Mariel encourages parents to send their yayas to the seminar which will teach them ways to engage the children under their care from babyhood up to about five years old. She hopes it would open the yayas’ eyes to the importance of their job and show them how to positively relate with the children under their care. She does not, however, promise that she can make angels out of them, but hopes that when they see the value of their job, it would give them greater satisfaction and an eagerness to do their job even better.
The two-hour Teacher Yaya workshop will be held at the Medela House on September 21, Saturday, from 9:00 to 11:00 in the morning. The talks will be in Filipino, and the learning fee is P400 for each yaya or assistant. Snacks and prizes will be provided by Mama Chows, a home-based business committed to producing delicious and nutritious goodies.
To register, use the online form here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.