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Getting a good night’s sleep is a significant part of everyone’s routine. Both adults and young children need rest to lead a healthy lifestyle. Resting allows the brain to work on developmental activities, including memory consolidation (the process of learning from your experiences). Multiple studies have shown that kids who get enough sleep have improved learning and memory capabilities. They also have better mental and...
Part of the role of being a nanny includes teaching your charges life skills, proper manners, and preparing them for success. One of the most important life skills children need to know (and one that is generally omitted at school) is how to manage finances properly.  Teaching young children how to be financially savvy can help them succeed from an early age. Your teaching may involve how to make a budget plan, how...
Carrying out household chores is a tradition every family is able observe. The act of treating tasks as if they are real work can help teach kids valuable lessons, including responsibility, accountability, honesty, and even managing personal finances!  In general, children (like adults) want to contribute to their environment or community. Having them complete chores will empower them and give them a feeling of...
Teaching children essential life skills will help them become independent and well-equipped to face the real world. And life skills aren’t always picked up in school; children need to be taught at home to fully understand why certain skills are important.  Any skill that is useful in life is considered a life skill, including tying shoelaces, swimming, and making decisions. Other skills, such as self-awareness, resilience,...
The summer season is here. You and your charge are thinking about unwinding and enjoying the warm weather with a splash in the pool. However, pools are one of the common places where tragic accidents occur.  In 2018, at least 148 children under the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas. Kids who stay underwater for four to six minutes may have irreversible brain damage. While there is no single safety device that will...
Babies go through dozens of discoveries and experiences as they grow. Early on, they learn new colours or different faces. Gradually, they learn how to get on all fours and crawl across the room. While parents and caregivers can help them be ready for these exciting moments, nothing can prepare them for teething.  Teething often occurs when a child is between four months old and two years old. It starts with the lower front...
Young children are great at retaining new information, especially when it comes from visually appealing shows. While television can be a double-edged sword, picking shows that carry positive influences are great every once in a while.  Shows that have an educational element can help children to make connections with a variety of concepts. Nannies can mimic the action and scenes shown on TV to help their young charges understand the...
We have all felt the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Whilst there has been the physical threat of contracting the disease and the practical changes we’ve had to make such as increased hygiene behaviours and reduced social activities, the virus has also created a great deal of uncertainty and unease. It has been a trying and very difficult time, with many families experiencing great loss and turbulent home lives. ...
In today’s interconnected world, one of the main causes for concern for many parents, nannies , governess and childcare workers is keeping their kids or charges safe when online . It is an indisputable fact that tablets, smartphones and social media are now totally integrated into the lives of parents and more and more children. It is also undeniable that we are only beginning to understand the positive and negative...
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.  ...
8 tips for keeping everything under control 1. Check and define boundaries with parents - and work as a team Remember that it’s the charge’s parents who decide most of the rules. Find out what is acceptable for the parents and what isn’t in terms of behaviour, and make your own suggestions. Bear in mind too that it is your responsibility to keep the parents informed about their child’s progress. This...