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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 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...
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,...
Thinking about activities to keep your toddlers engaged is perhaps one of the hardest parts of the job. Children between the ages of 1 and 3 are learning how to walk and interact with their environment. At this age, the kids are slowly developing physical growth as well as their motor development.  Taking care of a toddler provides nannies with a unique set of challenges and experiences. Children at this development stage tend to put...
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...
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...
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...
Netflix contains a multitude of amazing shows for every audience and will be adding new shows from a different genre every month. Movie sessions are a great way to strengthen the bond between a nanny and children because they can interact with each other while watching the shows and they can give their thoughts and comments about the film after they finish it. Here is a list of the latest shows that a nanny would want children to watch...
As a nanny, there are many fun ways to build a strong connection with your charges. Kids can gain valuable benefits from sharing a strong bond with their nanny, some of which can impact how they deal with problems they may face later in life and well into their adulthood.  One easy way to foster a long-lasting bond with your charges is by traveling and exploring new places together. A nanny can learn a lot about the...
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...