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The summer season is here. You and your charge are thinking about unwinding and enjoying the warm weather with a splash in the pool. However, pools are one of the common places where tragic accidents occur.  In 2018, at least 148 children under the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas. Kids who stay underwater for four to six minutes may have irreversible brain damage. While there is no single safety device that will...
Babies go through dozens of discoveries and experiences as they grow. Early on, they learn new colours or different faces. Gradually, they learn how to get on all fours and crawl across the room. While parents and caregivers can help them be ready for these exciting moments, nothing can prepare them for teething.  Teething often occurs when a child is between four months old and two years old. It starts with the lower front...
Babies and toddlers are very curious, and if you are working as a 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...
This week we spoke with Penelope Klebe about children’s dietary needs. Penny is a highly regarded Specialist Nutrition Support Dietitian, registered with HCPC and working within the NHS. Penny obtained her BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from King's College London. She’s also a wonderful mum of two young children and knows the challenges parents face with healthy eating.    I asked her some common questions...
Helping a child become an adventurous eater doesn’t only depend on how much you coax them to eat their food. Spending time in the kitchen and learning how to prepare food helps children appreciate and connect to different types of food, including fruits and vegetables.   As a nanny, it is vital to provide your charge with rich sensory experience. Allowing them to touch, taste, feel, and smell the ingredients helps them...
We have all felt the effects of the COVID-19 virus. Whilst there has been the physical threat of contracting the disease and the practical changes we’ve had to make such as increased hygiene behaviours and reduced social activities, the virus has also created a great deal of uncertainty and unease. It has been a trying and very difficult time, with many families experiencing great loss and turbulent home lives. ...
Whether you are considering working with children and young people in a residential setting as a full-time employee or as a member of bank staff, it is a good idea to inform yourself on what to expect.   Desire to improve the outcomes of service users. Just because children and young people are in residential care, does not mean they have any less ambition and expectations than somebody who is not.  Knowing their...
Before embarking on a new career adventure, it is always a good idea to figure out which route or role would be best suited to your skillset and expectations.  You may be seeking a complete change of scenery by entering the world of childcare for the very first time; you may be returning; or you may be already working within the sector but wish to head in a new direction. Either way, there are many possible routes and points to...