A service of qualified nannies was organized to help families take care of children of preschool age on the premises of the church dedicated to the “Inexhaustible Chalice” Icon of the Mother of God in the city of Tver.
On May 4, 2022, certificates were given to the first group of 15 nannies who were trained as part of the Nannyushka project. This project is jointly implemented by the parish of the church and the diocesan Social Service Department with the support of the Presidential Grants Fund, reports the website of the Tver diocese.
“The problem of the lack of free time is especially relevant for large families, single parents and families raising children with disabilities. Often such families are left alone with their problems. The creation of a service of qualified nannies will help to solve such issues. It is also a contribution to the anti-abortion activities carried out by the Department of Social Service of the Tver diocese,” the message read.
The first participants of the project were 15 female volunteers aged from 35 to 55 who completed training at the Tver Pedagogical College for two months.
During their studies, future nannies studied developmental psychology, family pedagogy, rules for caring for children and the spiritual foundations of mercy.
Having defended their final qualifying thesis, all of them received the specialty “Nanny (Assistant in the care of children)”. In addition, a special uniform was sewn for them – a dress, a white apron and a headdress.
The Nannyushka project has become a new area of activity for the Mercy Society in the name of the Venerable Confessor Sergius (Srebryansky), created on the basis of the Department of Social Ministry of the Tver diocese. Earlier, in the fall of 2021, the department organized a service of Sisters of Mercy to help lonely disabled people and the elderly.
It is noted that today in Tver there are more than 3,600 large families in which children with disabilities are brought up. According to a preliminary survey, many parents are ready to accept the help of volunteers and entrust their children to a certified nanny.
As noted in the diocese, now such an opportunity has presented itself.
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