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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...
Most children develop an understanding of maths at a young age. Addition, subtraction, and counting can be learned through everyday interactions. Toddlers use early maths in their daily activities and play. The knowledge they gain helps them get ready for lessons taught in schools. Early maths does not mean teaching the children how to use a calculator. Simple activities such as counting the steps as you go up and down the stairs can...
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...
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...
Babies between the ages of 6 months and 12 months start sporting toothy grins and pearly whites. Teething often begins as early as 2-months-old. Your child may have disrupted sleep, an increased need to gnaw, and fussiness. Teething may also lead to excessive drooling, which might result in a teething rash.  During teething, an erupting tooth can stimulate excess saliva, which may irritate the skin and cause red splotches and bumps....
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...
Working with twins can be such a rewarding, fun, and memorable experience. Caring for children of the same age generally makes a nanny’s life more comfortable as they can plan activities, meals and routines that are mostly the same for each child. However, the special bond that twins share adds another level of enjoyment to the job, as you witness them connect, interact and form a lifelong relationship.  This being said, working...
The kids are growing. They’re learning how to imitate sounds that they hear from the television or the people around them. The little three-year-old is finally able to recite numbers one to ten. You must be thinking, “It’s time to teach them how to read, but where do I begin?” Nannies are childcare workers who bear the special responsibility of teaching younger children under their care different life skills,...
Italy is filled with crowds of tourists for most of the year. Most of the cities in this beautiful country is overflowing with art, Renaissance buildings and endless lines of visitors hoping for a chance to experience the country’s spirit. However, there are hidden gems in every city that nannies should know about in case the opportunity arises to visit with the charges.  Florence is considered one of the most...
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...
Every nannies has experienced seeing charges coming down with a cold, or bouts of coughing. During these moments, young children may lose their appetite and eat far less than usual. Some even refuse to eat anything at all.  A child’s body needs more nutrition when it is sick, as it requires more energy to fight the infection. Therefore, it is essential to give your little one the right food to help boost...