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We all grew up watching movies where nannies become the second parents and tutoring wards to a diverse group of children. From Mary Poppins to Mrs Doubtfire, each character left a mark and an important life lesson in every viewer.  Nannies, (and sometimes governesses and babysitters), have been the focus of many films across multiple decades. Whether their character is sweet or a little bit in-way-over-their-head, nannies add delight...
No, that’s not a typo. The best jobs in nannying, childcare and governess work now pay up to £1500 (approx $2000) per WEEK. Yes, the Jobs In Childcare website often features jobs with salaries of £1000 up to £1500/ week - and sometimes more - from a variety of agencies, as families with large amounts of capital continue to put their children first. And it’s tough at the top - we occasionally...
Are you planning on travelling with your kids? Whether it's by plane or car, family travel with kids is not easy especially for first-time parents. In fact, most parents become anxious about travelling with kids, even though a vacation is an opportunity to bond and relax. Despite this, research shows that 44% of millennials travel with kids for their vacations. In another study, researchers found that 58% of US millennials who...
Working as a nanny it's always difficult to know what gifts to get for the kids you look after, isn’t it? The children in wealthy families often seem to have everything they need at an early age. So if you’re working as a governess, nanny, tutor or governor this can make birthdays, Christmas and special occasions something of a conundrum. How do I find them something thoughtful that they don’t have already? Something...
As parents or educators our mission is to help little people grow up. Part of this means trying our best to help children learn and develop properly.  Of course, the development of social, emotional and cognitive skills is an essential aspect of human life. Well-developed social and emotional skills are equivalent to good mental health in early years; a symbol of the ability to form and maintain positive relationships and to...
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.   What is an 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....
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...
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...