The younger, the better

When the children  have a steady and constant involvement with a second language from childbirth until approximately 3 years of age  they  intake the new language simultaneously  acquiring a high standard of fluency and in most cases reaching a level of a native speaker , becoming  precocious bilingual or in monolingual of two languages.

In this case, the children develop two parallel grammatical systems that is expressed  separately  in each environment. And the stages of development that follows each language improves as if they were two maternal tongues.

When the exposure of a second language begins after 3 years of age, the learning takes place in a consecutive manner.This is because the maternal language has reached a certain scale of development  and has progressed to a certain level. In many cases it is possible to achieve a competent bilingual level if the exposure of  the second language is constant and persistent, used and talked in the family environment. We believe in the benefits of putting in practice the 1 to 1 technique “one language one person”( witch in our case it means that our childcare or nanny will communicate with your child always in the same language)contributing in a successful manner in a constant progress of the 2 languages .

The 1 to 1 technique: is simple: one language one person. If you decide to introduce a second language to a baby or a youngster in a family environment you must assign what members will use what specific language and respect these guidelines as much as possible. The parents and Nannies must be firm in these roles and not deflect from this role; that’s why this decision must be done consciously. These rolls will help the child to acknowledge the differences of the two languages.
In the case that the two parents talk the same language, it will be the childcare or the nanny the one in charge of introducing the second language, concentrating all the activities in the new language without any interference of the mother tongue helps the child to distinguish better  the new language from that of the maternal one and other social and family activities. It is essential that the nanny or childcare in charge of introducing a second language has a strong knowledge and the right experience in introducing emotions, ideas, and thoughts in the second language to the child in its own environment through care and play.

These guidelines must be taken in strong consideration. Be determined in the various rolls each member will perform to get the full benefits of the 1 to 1 technique and help create the right environment for your child to learn .Didactic material such as books, games, songs etc..should also be provided by the parents to assist in the child´s successful  introduction of the second language.