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Autumn is here, and with it comes cooler weather, bright coloured leaves, and a range of flavours and spices that perfectly represent the season. There is a wide range of dishes that nannies can make using ingredients commonly attributed to the fall season, such as apple, cinnamon, pumpkin, and squash.  If you are wondering what dish you could serve the children to celebrate autumn, we put together a simple list of food ideas you...
One part of a nanny’s responsibility is to make sure that the children eat fulfilling and nutritious meals. However, some may find it challenging to provide this when out on a trip. When you are outside with the children, it can be very tricky to find places that serve kid-friendly and excellent quality food.  We made a list of six restaurants in London where nannies and the kids can have a healthy, fulfilling meal and memorable...
Good news - making delicious snacks for your charges does not have to involve a shopping trip for dozens of ingredients! Many easy recipes only require three items, most of which can be found in your family home.  So read on for six easy recipes that nannies and their charges can make! Most of these recipes do not need sharp tools or knives, but nannies are always advised to supervise their kids carefully in...
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...
An excellent pasta recipe is one that is either whole-grain or bean-based and contains essential nutrients such as fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. All these are good for the children, and that is just the pasta itself.  Homemade pasta is a joy to eat. They taste quite different from those bought in stores. Nannies who know how to make the perfect pasta dough and pair it with mouthwatering sauces will definitely give the...
For us at JIC, the summer season always seems to bring back memories of eating spoonfuls of creamy and delicious ice cream and biting into a crunchy cone! Ice cream is an incredibly popular treat for families and children. And while supermarkets sell tubs of ice cream, there is nothing better than making and sampling your own homemade treats! Gemma Staford , a professionally-trained chef and baker, has created an easy two-ingredient...
This week we spoke with Penelope Klebe about children’s dietary needs. Penny is a highly regarded Specialist Nutrition Support Dietitian, registered with HCPC and working within the NHS. Penny obtained her BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from King's College London. She’s also a wonderful mum of two young children and knows the challenges parents face with healthy eating.    I asked her some common questions...
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...
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...