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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...
Babies and toddlers are very curious, and if you are working as a nanny or governess you need to have eyes in the back of your head! Once kids learn how to crawl and walk, they can quickly end up in dangerous situations. This is why as a parent, nanny, governess or governor working with very young children, it is crucial to babyproof every room in the house.  Babyproofing doesn’t necessarily require the latest safety...
The demand for language skills has seen a definite upward trend in recent years. Knowledge of a foreign language is now ranked eighth among the most sought-after skills in the corporate world. Research studies have also found that bilinguals and multi-lingual have  received significantly more job opportunities since 2010 .  Learning a second language at an early age promotes healthy development in children. It also helps...
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...
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 -...
In recent years research has demonstrated the many ways children can benefit enormously from outdoor activities. Letting children experience nature can help promote a well-rounded development and a healthier lifestyle.  Gardening remains one of the best outdoor activities for kids of all ages. Whether the garden is in pots or a big patch right outside their front door, kids who engage themselves in the...
Helping a child become an adventurous eater doesn’t only depend on how much you coax them to eat their food. Spending time in the kitchen and learning how to prepare food helps children appreciate and connect to different types of food, including fruits and vegetables.   As a nanny, it is vital to provide your charge with rich sensory experience. Allowing them to touch, taste, feel, and smell the ingredients helps them...
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. ...
Are you looking for work as a governess, nanny, or tutor? In recent years, companies have transitioned to listing job opportunities online. There are hundreds of websites that make it easy for you to connect with potential clients and charges.  Most childcare job websites now carry a wide variety of childcare jobs, including full-time, part-time, and rota opportunities. These sites streamline their hiring process. Some conduct...
In recent years, smartphones and tablets have made it easier for adults and young ones to learn and study. A phone’s portability allows people to take their learning everywhere. The online market also offers tons of free and paid resources on a wide variety of topics.  One part of a nanny’s job is watching over the growth and well-being of our charges, including their development and learning. With countless educational...
We all grew up watching movies where nannies become the second parents and tutoring wards to a diverse group of children. From Mary Poppins to Mrs Doubtfire, each character left a mark and an important life lesson in every viewer.  Nannies, (and sometimes governesses and babysitters), have been the focus of many films across multiple decades. Whether their character is sweet or a little bit in-way-over-their-head, nannies add delight...
Picky eating is common among young children. As toddlers get older, their appetite slows down. They also begin to develop their food preferences and recognize the flavors they want. A toddler’s favorite food may one day be left untouched. A snubbed food might suddenly become their new go-to meal. Some can even go for weeks asking and eating only one or two dishes. According to the Benioff Children’s Hospital , some toddlers...