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  • Yaya be Good: 5 Resources for Training your Yaya

    Help your yaya become better at her job with these seminars and book.
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
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  • yaya in uniformAnyone who has ever had a yaya or nanny most probably has had to deal with common yaya issues, such as the tediousness of training a new one, or the challenges of making sure that your current yaya is caring for your child the way you want her to. These are definitely not easy tasks, and sometimes employers neither have the time nor energy to do them. Many would rather invest in having their yayas attend seminars and training sessions, with specific topics that are relevant to their families.

    If you are one such employer, here is a list of organizers of yaya seminars around the Metro:

    1. Yaya Seminars by Medela Moms
    Medela Moms provides regular yaya seminars at the Medela House, covering topics like Infant Care and Proper Breastfeeding Support, Toddler Care and First Aid and Crime Prevention/Safety Concerns.

    There are upcoming seminars on the following dates:

    Toddler Care: November 23 (9-11a.m.)
    First Aid and Crime Prevention/Safety Concerns: November 30 (1-4.pm.)

    To register or learn more about each seminar, you may send an email to medelamoms@gmail.com or text 0917-561-4366. You may also follow Medela Moms on Facebook.

    2. Okay Ka, Yaya Ko! Workshops by Manila Workshops


    Okay ka yaya ko

    The Okay Ka, Yaya Ko! Workshops are a series of workshops given by Manila Workshops. They have had two successful runs this year, and similar events for next year are already in the planning process.

    The workshop usually includes the following topics, applicable not only to your yaya, but also to your maid, ‘ate’, household help, ‘manang’, and even drivers and houseboys:

    — Mahalin ang Sarili: Teaching them about self-worth and manners and etiquette, from personal hygiene (head to toe), hand-washing to personality development (honesty, loyalty), answering the phone, how to treat guests, home safety, etc.

    — Responsibilities/Housework: Teaching them how to clean different parts of the house, how to dispose of garbage, laundry, ironing, etc. and also how to prepare food —about food safety and allergic reactions and even healthier alternatives.

    — Caring For The Elderly: Teaching them how to check vital signs, proper body mechanics, sleeping and exercise.

    —“KID”-centered: Teaching them developmental stages, baby care (cleaning, bathing, feeding) and school (homework, bantay sa school, iwas chismis, baon), social opportunities, hygiene, first aid, etc.

    — Iwas Stress sa Yaya: Teaching them how to cope with stress.

    To be updated with the schedule of workshops, you may subscribe to Manila Workshop’s mailing list here. You may also follow them on Facebook.

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