If you are the parents of baby girl (about 18 months old) named Nola (adorable, dark hair, Asian or Asian/Caucasian), I’d be very concerned about the care she is getting. (Note: It could be that the name was “Lola” and I misheard)
I am a nanny of 12 years with a 4-year-old girl of my own, and I do not believe in “snitching” on other nannies, and I’ve never posted on a site like this, but this woman was awful. Last Wednesday (September 3rd 2014) I took my child and her friend to the playground on 17th St between 5th/6th Ave in Park Slope. When we got there, the baby was already upset. Her nanny (a tall woman, I’m guessing from the Caribbean) sat looking away and rolling her eyes on the park bench while Baby Girl stood in the sun crying and crying. The nanny never once looked at her, spoke to her, picked her up, cuddled her, attempted to engage her, feed her, get her out of the sun, or offer her a drink of water. The child just stood there drowning in her own snot and tears.
After 15 minutes of witnessing the Nanny’s total disinterest in the child, I went over with a ball and offered it to the baby. She soon stopped crying and tentatively started to play with me. I even got a smile out of her. It didn’t take much, which makes me think that if the nanny had made ANY attempt to comfort Nola, she would have been fine. I asked the nanny the child’s name and age and why she was upset. The nanny shrugged and said “She has an attitude.”
Once the child seemed calm, I went back to my own kids. Several other nannies and moms came up to me after and said things like “I’m so glad you went over there. We got here 20 minutes before you and that child was crying the whole time, but I didn’t dare get involved.” The Nanny realized she was being talked about and came over to me and starting screaming at me. Attempts to de-escalate the situation were met with louder yelling.
Personally, I would be HORRIFIED if this was who was watching my kid. She was hostile towards everyone around her, did not exhibit any affection or empathy for sweet baby Nola. I hope her parents are made aware.