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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...
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...
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...
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...
Are you trying to decide between a Nanny or an Aupair ? Or do you think they are the same thing? The terms nanny and au pair are often used interchangeably however there are several differences between the two and it's worth taking a moment to differentiate.   What is an Au Pair?   An au pair is usually between the ages of 18 and 24 and will typically come from overseas in the form of a cultural exchange....
As a nanny, working with kids we all know they love being outside . The outdoors is their natural playground. It enables them to explore themselves, their friendships and the world around them. More and more early years providers are adding elements of a Forest School approach to their structure. It is a great way of gently introducing them to the wonders of the natural world - and a respite from long days inside a nursery or...
For those of you considering working within the early years sector of childcare, it is a good idea to know what to expect before you take the leap. And for those already working within the area, you may wish to take a moment to remember why it is such a rewarding role. Yes, the hours can be long, and expectations placed on settings from Ofsted can be take up valuable time spent with the kids, but if you see beyond this, it is without...
Before embarking on a new career adventure, it is always a good idea to figure out which route or role would be best suited to your skillset and expectations.  You may be seeking a complete change of scenery by entering the world of childcare for the very first time; you may be returning; or you may be already working within the sector but wish to head in a new direction. Either way, there are many possible routes and points to...