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We all know nannying isn’t an easy job. Interestingly, many people outside nannying assume that the job is all about the kids. In reality, it’s equally (or sometimes more) about the parents, the family, the employer. A good employer can make your work life wonderful, a real pleasure. A bad one can make your workplace miserable, even if the children are angels. With this in mind, Jobs in Childcare asked nannies who use...
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...
Most children develop an understanding of maths at a young age. Addition, subtraction, and counting can be learned through everyday interactions. Toddlers use early maths in their daily activities and play. The knowledge they gain helps them get ready for lessons taught in schools. Early maths does not mean teaching the children how to use a calculator. Simple activities such as counting the steps as you go up and down the stairs can...
Halloween is an event celebrated by adults and children as a day where they can express themselves however they want. Many do this by wearing costumes, while others wear make-up.  Letting the children express themselves can prevent them from developing long-term negative effects, including low self-esteem and depression. Kids who limit themselves from expressing what they feel also face difficulties reaching their unique...
It’s October and Halloween is fast approaching. You and the children have already began preparing what will be the “best costume of the year.” You also start setting up the home according to the theme for this year’s spooky celebration. Then you realize something’s missing: what will you and the children do at the party? Planning out fun and exciting games that children of all ages would enjoy is, at times,...
Getting a good night’s sleep is a significant part of everyone’s routine. Both adults and young children need rest to lead a healthy lifestyle. Resting allows the brain to work on developmental activities, including memory consolidation (the process of learning from your experiences). Multiple studies have shown that kids who get enough sleep have improved learning and memory capabilities. They also have better mental and...
Children always look forward to their birthdays every year. Birthday celebrations provide meaningful and entertaining parties with fun games and delicious treats. Celebrating a child’s birthday signifies joy and love that marks the day they joined the family.  Organising birthday parties for kids is fun and exciting as they leave long-lasting memories and bring smiles to children’s faces. However, with the coronavirus...
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....
Money: Managing a Sensitive Family Subject    As a working or aspiring nanny, you’re in a unique position. You’re a professional—and yet, you’re also exposed to far more personal details of your employers’ lives than other professionals will be. Chances are, you’re going to see your employers in their bathrobes and slippers, with unkempt hair, and before they’ve had their morning...
Finding toys for kids can be a difficult task. There are a lot of factors that a nanny should take into consideration when choosing the right toy, including safety, hygiene, and its benefits. Newborn and infant aisles in modern toy stores offer thousands of different items, which means you need some criteria to narrow the options.  Young kids will accept any toy you give them. While they should be fun, nannies should also remember...
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...
This year’s Halloween season may prove to be far different from those we held in previous years. With COVID-19 raging worldwide, the children are forced to remain indoors. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to make this holiday as fun and exciting as any other celebration! Halloween is known as the season where people can dress up as whoever they want to be. It’s also extremely popular among kids as they...