A feminist nanny:

  • Models bodily autonomy and safety.

  • Uses language that's inclusive, body-positive, and affirming.

  • Avoids performative gender stereotypes and lets children be individuals.

  • Seeks anti-bias education and diverse representation in children's books, toys, and other media.

  • Emphasizes values and facts, not politics (although both childcare and feminism are inherently political).


About Me

Hello! My name is Denise Yankou. I am an INA-credentialed nanny, Tinkergarten Leader, and Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator——and I'm available for hire! Based in New York City, I provide high-quality, professional in-home care for infants, toddlers, and children. I also happen to be a feminist. Not only does this philosophy form a core part of my personal identity, it deeply informs my work. Feminist principles, like respecting a child's bodily autonomy and providing an environment free of performative gender expectations, are key tenets of my progressive childcare philosophy.

My experience includes several college- and graduate-level education classes, so I have a solid understanding of child development and pedagogical theories. I have worked as a classroom assistant, tutor, Jumpstart Corps member, after-school volunteer, nanny, and head counselor at a sports-oriented day camp. I am trained in swim instruction, dialogic reading, safe food handling, infant/toddler CPR, and vocal performance. In my free time, I serve on the Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council, as a volunteer SAT tutor, and as a freelance copy-editor. 

I'm originally from New York City and grew up in Westchester County. The oldest of seven children, I started my childcare career as a teenage babysitter and have worked with children in various capacities over the last 20 years. After graduating from Simmons College in Boston, I worked in non-profit development and communications at institutions such as MIT, NYU Lutheran Medical Center, and Columbia University. In 2016, I left the non-profit industry to pursue a career as a full-time, professional nanny.

I feel so lucky to do what I love every day and continuously strive to learn and grow—whether it's pursuing professional development, observing classes, or reflecting on a day's work and how I could improve—so I can best serve children and families.

Please keep reading to learn more!




Presenter at the International Nanny Association 2018 Annual Conference

In May 2018, I presented "Sexuality Education for Early Childhood Caregivers" at the International Nanny Association Annual Conference in Tucson. This original presentation drew from various evidence-based resources and articles I curated over several years. The presentation included practical, use-it-tomorrow tips for fostering healthy sexual development in young children. Topics included gender expression, gender identity, bodily autonomy, and safety.

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