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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...
We understand that when at work as a rota nanny , things can get stressful. And of course, travelling with your charges can be doubly stressful. Of course, you will need to keep an eye on your own bags. And to take care of the kids’ games , phones, bags and clothing. Oh, you may also be expected to watch out for your employer’s luggage. And then on top of all that, you’ve got to change your clothes and the...
Working in childcare and developing cold sweats at the idea of crafting with toddlers? As a nanny , there's actually a lot of fun – albeit it with lots of mess – to be had with toddlers and art projects! Here are some craft ideas for toddlers that will keep them engaged, having fun, and making a mess.   Painting Painting is an obvious choice for a craft activity, and when done with a...
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...
Summer is here! And whilst working in childcare, you'll quickly realise that getting children outside is one of the best ways to help them expel some of the never-ending energy they seem to have. Outdoor time is a wonderful opportunity to encourage them to interact with each other, you, and the world around them. So here are JIC's top 10 outdoor activity ideas for children that are easy to set up and, most importantly,...
Many parents send their kids to camps during the summer, but there are plenty of families who prefer to hire nannies or childcare workers to watch their children while they are at work. And at the same time, parents want their nannies to do productive activities with the kids; they don't want them sitting at home all day and watching television or them playing on their iPhones or iPads the entire time!  With that said, if you are...
So, you have landed your first role as a nanny ? Congratulations! But what can you expect during the first crucial weeks, and how can you prepare?   Relax and breathe. You have already demonstrated your skills, experience and qualities in your interview ; that is why the family hired you.  Above all else, they are impressed with you as a person, and have chosen you over all other candidates. So, you should already...
How do I limit screen time for kids?   As a nanny of 3 children under 10, I see the constant battle between desperation for iPads and parents wanting to swap screen time for other activities. It is becoming increasingly difficult to convince children that there is a life outside of YouTube , especially when iPads/tablets are being used more commonly in classrooms, making them an everyday tool. I have noticed though, something...
Working A Nanny Job in London ? The capital of the UK is known for being one of the most exciting, vibrant places in the world, full of points of entertainment and opportunity, for adults and children alike. What people probably don’t think about though, is how this makes it an amazing city to work in as a nanny . Below are some of the ‘must do’s for a nanny in London , seeking activities that cater for...