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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...
Christmas is just around the corner! If you are working as a nanny, governess or tutor, here's the chance to up your arts and crafts game and inspire your charges with an amazing festive-themed activity. Elf doors are at an easy and creative Xmas activity that will keep you and your kids busy by the nice warm fire on a (hopefully) snowy afternoon. They are great fun to make, will impress your charge's parents and provide many a photo...
This week we interviewed Roisin Conroy, a VIP nanny/ governess living and working in the Cayman Islands. So if you want to know what it's like working a governess job in paradise, read on! Roisin, your job in the Cayman Islands looks fabulous. But how did you first get interested in working in childcare? I have always had a passion and love for children. I had a somewhat unorthodox hotel upbringing which resulted in my being...
Working any childcare job as a nanny or governess with kids is a calling for some. For those with abundant patience, a lot of love to give and a desire to make a difference. A  governess job  isn’t always easy, but there is perhaps nothing more rewarding for a nanny, governor, governess or tutor, than seeing the positive effects you can have on a child’s life. BUT if you work as a nanny or governess you...
Babies between the ages of 6 months and 12 months start sporting toothy grins and pearly whites. Teething often begins as early as 2-months-old. Your child may have disrupted sleep, an increased need to gnaw, and fussiness. Teething may also lead to excessive drooling, which might result in a teething rash.  During teething, an erupting tooth can stimulate excess saliva, which may irritate the skin and cause red splotches and bumps....
We have all been locked inside our home for months now. As nannies, we are responsible for continuing our charges' education and giving them activities that are fun and safe. You and the kids have probably finished more than a dozen 1,000-piece puzzles, decorated cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and baked all sorts of dishes. But now you're running out of ideas: "What next!?" The lockdowns have spurred new trends, including tie-dyeing...
Working with twins can be such a rewarding, fun, and memorable experience. Caring for children of the same age generally makes a nanny’s life more comfortable as they can plan activities, meals and routines that are mostly the same for each child. However, the special bond that twins share adds another level of enjoyment to the job, as you witness them connect, interact and form a lifelong relationship.  This being said, working...
Nannies are responsible for establishing strong communication with the parents or the family they work with. Those who are not comfortable in direct communication may find it difficult to foster a healthy family-nanny relationship.  Having vigorous communication protocols with the family has a positive impact on how you perform the work. It also allows a positive and long-lasting nanny-family relationship that has great benefits...
Carrying out household chores is a tradition every family is able observe. The act of treating tasks as if they are real work can help teach kids valuable lessons, including responsibility, accountability, honesty, and even managing personal finances!  In general, children (like adults) want to contribute to their environment or community. Having them complete chores will empower them and give them a feeling of...
Working as a travel nanny or a rota nanny has a lot of perks: you are paid full-time for just two weeks work in a month for high net worth families. On average, rota nannies earn £1000 per week, and sometimes more. Nannies working for high net worth families may also have the opportunity to travel to five-star locations and spend time sailing on private yachts.  Most rota nannies are required to work 24/7 for a one or...
Babies and toddlers are very curious, and if you are working as a rota nanny or governess you need to have eyes in the back of your head! Once kids learn how to crawl and walk, they can quickly end up in dangerous situations. This is why as a parent, nanny, governess or governor working with very young children, it is crucial to babyproof every room in the house.  Babyproofing doesn’t necessarily require the latest safety...
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...