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Hello Sophie! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?   Hi, I'm Sophie (@spoonful_of_sophie)! I’m 27 years old and I currently live with my partner in our home in a beautiful Cambridgeshire village.  I qualified as a nanny after two years at the Chiltern Nanny College, just two weeks shy of my 18th birthday, and worked for over four years for two London solicitors...
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 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 surrounded by...
This week we have a guest interview with Amy Bryant, 'The Suitcase Nanny'. So if you want to find out more about what life is like as a travel nanny/ governess - read on! Hello Amy! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background? Hey! I’m Amy Bryant, a travel nanny expert also known as The Suitcase Nanny. I’m 26 years old and have been caring for children since I was 9. A...
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,...
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...
  Since it was founded in 600 B.C., Marseille has seen an ever-changing demographic that gives this port town the big-city swagger and fishing-village sociability. It's a city that locals flock to see more sun and escape the hustle and bustle.  Unlike other places in France, the oldest city does not have monumental sights. However, it does excel in simple views, such as outdoor terraces and street art that provides a unique...
This week we spoke to the wonderful Eleanor Holden ( @thecornishnanny ) for a selection of fool-proof tips on organising your charges' playroom and teaching children to clean up after themselves. Read on to find out how it went!   Can you tell us a little bit more about where you work? Nestled deep inside a beautiful Cornish farmhouse is a bright blue and pink room that I am lucky enough to call my office. This is no...
One part of a nanny’s responsibility is to make sure that the children eat fulfilling and nutritious meals. However, some may find it challenging to provide this when out on a trip. When you are outside with the children, it can be very tricky to find places that serve kid-friendly and excellent quality food.  We made a list of six restaurants in London where nannies and the kids can have a healthy, fulfilling meal and memorable...
Every nannies has experienced seeing charges coming down with a cold, or bouts of coughing. During these moments, young children may lose their appetite and eat far less than usual. Some even refuse to eat anything at all.  A child’s body needs more nutrition when it is sick, as it requires more energy to fight the infection. Therefore, it is essential to give your little one the right food to help boost...
Barcelona is one of the first destinations tourists go to when taking a trip to Spain, as it has some of the most beautiful surroundings in the world. With its tall mountains and pristine beaches, the lights and life in this modern cosmopolitan keep visitors awake, even at night.   Are you a nanny who’s visiting Barcelona with the children? If so, this fantastic city rich in architecture has a never-ending...
Paris is often considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. This European city is known for its bright lights and its sense of fashion. But Paris also has excellent kid-friendly spots that everyone in the family can enjoy! Nannies and children visiting Paris will be in for a treat. The city has some of the tastiest food on the European continent. It also offers travellers an interesting view of the continent’s history...
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...