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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...
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...
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...
When it’s holiday time and you’re caring for the kids while their mums and dads are busy at work, it can be taxing on any nanny to try to dream up new and exciting ideas to engage them. They need entertainment, but of course you don’t want to let them loose on the iPads just yet . You can’t take them out for ice cream all the time, so how about getting them to learn something and have fun while doing it? Here are 7...
Are you looking for an afternoon activity to involve your charges in which will keep them entertained for a few hours, whilst also getting them thinking and providing them with long term benefits? If you have kids aged 5 or over, perhaps a time capsule is the idea for you! To make your time capsule you will need: A mixture of toys, souvenirs, photos and non-perishables, a box, a spade, a suitable plot to bury your capsule A...
Need an idea to keep kids entertained? A treasure hunt (or scavenger hunt) is a wonderful special idea to fill up an afternoon. This particular treasure hunt was for my charge Max to celebrate his 6th birthday - and needless to say he loved it! Max and his brother spent ages running round the house finding clues and working them out! At the end of the hunt, his prize was his birthday presents; giving the boys some lovely new toys to play...
If you work as a nursery teacher, a nanny or a tutor, you’ll know that keeping kids entertained and engaged whilst teaching can be a challenging task! And, of course, you’ll know that a resource of good quality teaching materials can be invaluable, especially when you need to think up something fast to keep your students focused and interested.   So, at www.jobsinchildcare.com , we came up with our own top pick of...
No matter how good your English is, there are a number of mistakes which you need to take care to avoid. If you want to sound natural when speaking English , be sure to avoid these classic errors that almost all non-native speakers make!   Thanks God! Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone get this one right! ‘Thanks God’ gives the reader/ listener the idea that you...
Below you can find a selection of some of the most frequent and most significant vocabulary differences between US English and British English. You can use this resource for a quick conversation lesson or any general discussion. The whole thing can get a little confusing, so read on with trepidation! PLEASE NOTE: In each of the examples detailed below we have listed the US English word before the British English for clarity....