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At Jobs in Childcare, we understand that travel can be stressful for a nanny . And of course, travelling with your charges can be doubly stressful. Of course, you will need to keep an eye on your own bags. And to take care of the kids’ games , phones, bags and clothing. Oh, you may also be expected to watch out for your employer’s luggage. And then on top of all that, you’ve got to change your clothes and the kids’...
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...
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,...
Many parents send their kids to 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 are...
How do I limit screen time for kids?   As a nanny of 3 children under 10, I see the constant battle between desperation for iPads and parents wanting to swap screen time for other activities. It is becoming increasingly difficult to convince children that there is a life outside of YouTube , especially when iPads/tablets are being used more commonly in classrooms, making them an everyday tool. I have noticed though, something...
How to keep kids entertained in London ?? The capital of the UK is known for being one of the most exciting, vibrant places in the world, full of points of entertainment and opportunity, for adults and children alike. What people probably don’t think about though, is how this makes it an amazing city to work in as a nanny . Below are some of the ‘must do’s for a nanny in London , seeking activities that...
Language Activity Ideas for Young Children About the author : Fluent in French and English, Ali Neill has a long history in teaching languages to children as well as adults, through workshops, babysitting, tutoring and classes. She is also the job board tester and editor for the Jobboard Finder , the largest job board search engine in the world. At a young age, children are capable of learning new languages almost effortlessly....
How do I find a pen friend or pen pal for my charge? Well - first you may need a few things; pens, paper, stickers or glitter, photographs, writing paper and somebody to write to! As a nanny , you are probably always looking for more ways to keep your charges busy, entertained and away from the dreaded screens . Writing letters to a pen pal may seem old fashioned, but it really can be an exciting venture for young kids. As...
Requirements: Blankets, pillows, supports and stuff to put inside Need an activity for a rainy afternoon? It may be time for you to construct the base/ den/ blanket fort of your dreams! A den is great fun to set up and later to play inside. There is something innately territorial for kids about having their own special space where they can sit, read, play with their toys or even watch a movie. The first thing you’ll need...
If you’re looking for an activity to keep your charges busy this afternoon, why not combine learning and fun and try out our ‘Bury your Rubbish’ experiment? It’s a great way to learn about why certain products need recycling, how different materials biodegrade, organic and inorganic materials and much more. To perform your rubbish and recycling experiment you will need a selection of different types of rubbish...
Are you looking for an afternoon activity to involve your charges in which will keep them entertained for a few hours, whilst also getting them thinking and providing them with long term benefits? If you have kids aged 5 or over, perhaps a time capsule is the idea for you! To make your time capsule you will need: A mixture of toys, souvenirs, photos and non-perishables, a box, a spade, a suitable plot to bury your capsule A...