Entries in Childcare (2)


First 'Manny' Admitted to Top Nanny College in England

Michael Kenny, center, will study childcare at Norland College this year. (Courtesy Michael Kenny/Highlight PR)(BATH, England) -- A British teenager has become the first man ever admitted to a degree program at England's most prestigious nanny college.

Michael Kenny, 18, will be the first "manny" to graduate from Norland College, in Bath, in its 120-year history. Kenny, along with 48 female students in his class, will earn a Bachelors degree in early childhood studies.

"I have always wanted to work with children and Norland has the best reputation in the country, if not the world, for studying childcare," Kenny said in a statement given to ABC News Friday.

He said that the fact that he is the only man in his class "doesn't bother (him) at all."

Kenny said he decided to apply to Norland after spending time working with disabled children in Uganda, helping to teach them English and math. He called Norland College to make sure they would even accept an application from a male student, according to the British newspaper The Telegraph.

The school told the newspaper that they do accept male students and hope that more will follow Kenny's example.

Because all of the students are required to wear Norland-issued uniforms, Kenny was given a specially-ordered tweed jacket and pair of beige trousers, with a matching shirt and tie. Women at the school wear beige dresses.

"I don't think it should be thought of as unusual if a man wants to work in the childcare profession," Kenny said in the statement. "Men can bring a different dimension to childcare and I think it is really important that even the youngest children have strong male role models."

Kenny said he hopes to go into teaching after receiving his degree.

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Ho Ho Horrible: Is Your Child Scared of Santa? 

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- At age 2, Christopher Texler couldn't wait to meet Santa. He watched patiently as, one by one, his daycare mates were hoisted onto Santa's knee. But when it came his turn, Christopher was petrified.
"The look on his face was one of desperate terror," recalled Christopher's mom, Kirsten Texler, who has the photo to prove it. "He just lost it!"

Christopher's reaction is surprisingly common. Margaret Richards, PhD, a child psychologist at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, says it's normal for young children to be wary of strangers – especially ones so strangely dressed.

"We really work with kids on not talking to strangers and being cautious about those kinds of things, and that all goes out the window at Christmas time," Richards says.

Coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, is perhaps more widely accepted than the fear of Santa. But the figures share similar disconcerting features, including their large stature, abnormal dress and covered faces.

The key to overcoming Santa-induced stress, Richards said, is talking about what to expect. But if, like Christopher, a child wants to be nowhere near Santa, there are other ways to get in touch.

"They can write letter or draw a picture," Richards said. "Parents should make sure their children know Santa will still get the message."

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