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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.   The 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. They live with...
At Jobs in Childcare, we understand that travel can be stressful for a nanny . 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 kids’...
Being a nanny is a tremendously rewarding role to undertake. You are on duty day-in-day-out, to help in whatever way you can. It is not a job as such, but an opportunity to play a vital role for a family to help bring up their children. You are the cog which makes the family stick together. You are made to feel part of their family. What more responsibility is there than to be in charge of a small child? Correct, there is none. ...
Laying and implementing the ground rules can be difficult in your role as a nanny , and is a common concern for many people working in childcare . You'll want to make sure that you respect the wishes of the parents that you work for, whilst ensuring that the children in your care respect your authority and decision making. Here are a few tips about how to effectively lay and encourage your charges to follow the ground rules.  ...
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,...
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...
How to keep kids entertained 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...
If you’re looking for an activity to keep your charges busy this afternoon, why not combine learning and fun and try out our ‘Bury your Rubbish’ experiment? It’s a great way to learn about why certain products need recycling, how different materials biodegrade, organic and inorganic materials and much more. To perform your rubbish and recycling experiment you will need a selection of different types of rubbish...
About the Author : Anne Haris is an HR specialist working for londongoverness.com . She recruits nannies, governesses and other childcare professionals, ensuring top-notch services for parents worldwide. In her free time she enjoys reading about education, children's welfare and attending sporting events As the internet continues to open new doors in online business, an increasing number of families decide to work remotely...
We have a fantastic guest blog today written by our lovely Nanny Maryanne ( nannymaryanne.com ). You can find out more about her and how to contact her at the end of the post! As a parent or nanny, have you ever had a gut feeling that your children are playing video games when they could be running in the fresh air looking to make mud pies?   Or perhaps their blackberries are clicking away at the dinner table...
Today's guest blog is from  Great British Nannies . So you’ve just touched down in a foreign country which perhaps you’ve never visited before.  Everything your eyes are seeing is new; perhaps you’re feeling a range of emotions you’ve never felt before.  All these changes are heightened by the fact that you are alone, and let’s face it; it’s a scary situation to be in!   I...