Nannies in Australia are
doing more than just watching the children while their parents are at work.
According to the Australian Nanny Association (ANA), nannies report regularly standing
in for parents during parent/teach conferences as well, a duty typically
reserved for parents.
The ANA is an organization
that represents 1500 nannies and families. According to ANA president Annemarie
Sansom, nannies stepping for parents at school conferences is no big deal.
Sansom shared with Daily Mail that nannies are qualified professionals who are
actually valuable extensions of the family when most families don't have close
relatives that live nearby.
"It would be a small
percentage (of nannies) that would be attending parent teacher interviews but
it might happen occasionally in emergency situations as well. If they are attending the interviews, it's OK, the family
obviously trust them enough to relay the information as needed," Sansom said.
Typically nannies attend
things like sporting carnivals, medical appointments, and help out when school
calls for volunteers, but some believe that this type of activity is replacing
the role of a parent.
Gabrielle Leigh, the Victoria's Principals Association president told the Herald Sun that she was horrified to think of nannies attending vital conferences instead of parents.
"It's so important to build the relationship between the parent and the school, they are the ones who make the ultimate decision," Leigh said.
But Sansom supports the add on nanny duties. She also employs a
nanny to help with her children. "Our nanny is part of our family," she said. "Parents who are able to stay home and can, it's fabulous - good on
them - but it's not a one size fits all."