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Everyone looks forward to Halloween festivities, right? Spending an entire day going door-to-door around the neighbourhood collecting treats is one of the greatest joys for kids to experience.  The Halloween celebration also offers children the opportunity to dress up and become a character—be it a superhero, a mystical creature, or a cartoon character.    Halloween is just around the corner. While...
For young children, growing up and spending time with other kids their age is a treasured memory. Many grow together with their childhood playmates and become the best of friends.  Nannies who are responsible for providing quality care to children should also help them make the best memories possible. And one great and simple way you can do this is by teaching your charges how to create friendship bracelets!   History...
If you’re working in a nanny job and looking for a quick, simple activity to keep your kids busy this afternoon, why not incorporate learning and fun and try this out?  Have you ever heard of Oobleck slime? If not, read on and find out all about how to create a cornflour slime activity your kids will love! If you haven’t heard of ‘ Oobleck ’ before - don’t worry! Neither had we, until we...
Growing up, we were told plants need three things to grow: water, air, and sunlight. While we were also often told plants needed soil to grow, that is not always the case. Plants like cress can flourish even on cotton wool!  So if you're a nanny taking care of curious charges, you may benefit from growing 'cress heads'. This fuss-free experiment helps to teach young charges how to grow and care for a low-management plant -...
Board games are one of the most diverse and entertaining forms of play. In recent years, board games have made quite a comeback, with new titles released every year. The one thing that sets out board games from other learning tools is that they not only help entertain people; they also develop skills that can be used in everyday life.   What are the benefits of playing board games? Playing board games is known to bring people...
Top 10 Outdoor Summer Activities for your Charges   Summer is finally here! And for all you nannies, governors and governesses with the possibility to now take your charges outside - we thought we’d post our 10 favourite activities and games to keep your charges smiling in the sunshine. So without further ado, let the countdown begin!   Balloon Dart Painting   A wonderful, colourful,...
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...
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...
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...