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Kids love being outside. The outdoors is their natural playground. It enables them to explore themselves, their friendships and the world around them. More and more early years providers are adding elements of a Forest School approach to their structure. It is a great way of gently introducing them to the wonders of the natural world - and a respite from long days inside a nursery or pre-school. Insects, mud, trees, flowers, colours,...
Whether you are considering working with children and young people in a residential setting as a full-time employee or as a member of bank staff, it is a good idea to inform yourself on what to expect.   Desire to improve the outcomes of service users. Just because children and young people are in residential care, does not mean they have any less ambition and expectations than somebody who is not.  Knowing their...
Working in childcare and developing cold sweats at the idea of crafting with toddlers? As a nanny , there's actually a lot of fun – albeit it with lots of mess – to be had with toddlers and art projects! Here are some craft ideas for toddlers that will keep them engaged, having fun, and making a mess.   Painting Painting is an obvious choice for a craft activity, and when done with a...
Being a nanny is a tremendously rewarding role to undertake. You are on duty day-in-day-out, to help in whatever way you can. It is not a job as such, but an opportunity to play a vital role for a family to help bring up their children. You are the cog which makes the family stick together. You are made to feel part of their family. What more responsibility is there than to be in charge of a small child? Correct, there is none. ...
  When preparing for your childcare interview it's normal to feel a little stressed: this will be unlike interviews for roles in other industries, and on top of that, you've got a whole family to impress! Luckily we've done the research and put together some information to help you prepare for your next nanny, governess or babysitting interview, as well as tips that will hopefully leave you feeling a bit more confident. Getting...
Laying and implementing the ground rules can be difficult in your role as a nanny, and is a common concern for many people working in childcare. You'll want to make sure that you respect the wishes of the parents that you work for, whilst ensuring that the children in your care respect your authority and decision making. Here are a few tips about how to effectively lay and encourage your charges to follow the ground rules.   Work...
When it’s holiday time and you’re caring for the kids while their mums and dads are busy at work, it can be taxing on any nanny to try to dream up new and exciting ideas to engage them. They need entertainment, but of course you don’t want to let them loose on the iPads just yet . You can’t take them out for ice cream all the time, so how about getting them to learn something and have fun while doing it? Here are 7...
Summer is here! And whilst working in childcare, you'll quickly realise that getting children outside is one of the best ways to help them expel some of the never-ending energy they seem to have. Outdoor time is a wonderful opportunity to encourage them to interact with each other, you, and the world around them. So here are JIC's top 10 outdoor activity ideas for children that are easy to set up and, most importantly,...
For those of you considering working within the early years sector of childcare, it is a good idea to know what to expect before you take the leap. And for those already working within the area, you may wish to take a moment to remember why it is such a rewarding role. Yes, the hours can be long, and expectations placed on settings from Ofsted can be take up valuable time spent with the kids, but if you see beyond this, it is without doubt...
Before embarking on a new career adventure, it is always a good idea to figure out which route or role would be best suited to your skillset and expectations.  You may be seeking a complete change of scenery by entering the world of childcare for the very first time; you may be returning; or you may be already working within the sector but wish to head in a new direction. Either way, there are many possible routes and points to...
Many parents send their kids to summer camps during the summer, but there are plenty of families who prefer to hire nannies or childcare workers to watch their children while they are at work. And at the same time, parents want their nannies to do productive activities with the kids; they don't want them sitting at home all day and watching television or them playing on their iPhones or iPads the entire time!  With that said, if you...
So, you have landed your first role as a nanny ? Congratulations! But what can you expect during the first crucial weeks, and how can you prepare?   Relax and breathe. You have already demonstrated your skills, experience and qualities in your interview ; that is why the family hired you.  Above all else, they are impressed with you as a person, and have chosen you over all other candidates. So, you should already...