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Christmas is just around the corner! If you are working as a nanny, governess or tutor, here's the chance to up your arts and crafts game and inspire your charges with an amazing festive-themed activity. Elf doors are at an easy and creative Xmas activity that will keep you and your kids busy by the nice warm fire on a (hopefully) snowy afternoon. They are great fun to make, will impress your charge's parents and...
Pretend play is a vital part of a child’s development. Activities that encourage children to “make-believe” and explore their creativity is not only fun; it also helps develop essential life skills they can use growing up.  Imaginative play is an activity that allows the child to play a character and act out experiences that capture their interests. Creating a pretend space can aid in the development of a...
The development of a child’s five most essential senses: hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell, is one of the foremost support a child needs for the development of their language and cognitive capabilities, fine and motor skills, social interaction, and problem-solving.  Even though children can develop their senses in the outside world through experiences, nannies, parents, and childcare workers can further develop a...
Halloween is an event celebrated by adults and children as a day where they can express themselves however they want. Many do this by wearing costumes, while others wear make-up.  Letting the children express themselves can prevent them from developing long-term negative effects, including low self-esteem and depression. Kids who limit themselves from expressing what they feel also face difficulties reaching their unique...
It’s October and Halloween is fast approaching. You and the children have already began preparing what will be the “best costume of the year.” You also start setting up the home according to the theme for this year’s spooky celebration. Then you realize something’s missing: what will you and the children do at the party? Planning out fun and exciting games that children of all ages would enjoy is, at times,...
Children always look forward to their birthdays every year. Birthday celebrations provide meaningful and entertaining parties with fun games and delicious treats. Celebrating a child’s birthday signifies joy and love that marks the day they joined the family.  Organising birthday parties for kids is fun and exciting as they leave long-lasting memories and bring smiles to children’s faces. However, with the coronavirus...
Thinking about activities to keep your toddlers engaged is perhaps one of the hardest parts of the job. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 are learning how to walk and interact with their environment. At this age, the kids are slowly developing physical growth as well as their motor development.  Taking care of a toddler provides nannies with a unique set of challenges and experiences. Children at this development stage tend to put...
Finding toys for kids can be a difficult task. There are a lot of factors that a nanny should take into consideration when choosing the right toy, including safety, hygiene, and its benefits. Newborn and infant aisles in modern toy stores offer thousands of different items, which means you need some criteria to narrow the options.  Young kids will accept any toy you give them. While they should be fun, nannies should also remember...
We have all been locked inside our home for months now. As nannies, we are responsible for continuing our charges' education and giving them activities that are fun and safe. You and the kids have probably finished more than a dozen 1,000-piece puzzles, decorated cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and baked all sorts of dishes. But now you're running out of ideas: "What next!?" The lockdowns have spurred new trends, including tie-dyeing...
This year’s Halloween season may prove to be far different from those we held in previous years. With COVID-19 raging worldwide, the children are forced to remain indoors. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make this holiday as fun and exciting as any other celebration! Halloween is known as the season where people can dress up as whoever they want to be. It’s also extremely popular among kids as they...
Halloween is a spooky Celtic festival that is celebrated all over the world every 31st of October. This tradition began over 2,000 years ago when the Celtics worked as farmers. They would hold the Samhain festival to mark the end of the growing seasons and the beginning of cold winter.  Halloween is just a few weeks away, which means nannies and children are getting ready to pull out the box of costumes and spooky decorations from the...
Today's guest post on making and using playdough comes from Sophie, of a unique Instagram page called Little Happy Learners  and mother to two young boys. Sophie's page is filled with tons of activities and games for nannies to make using simple materials such as cardboard and glue. Little Happy Learners' non-toxic recipe for playdough that allows children to create and mould different shapes and forms was one of...