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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...
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...
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...
For us at JIC, the summer season always seems to bring back memories of eating spoonfuls of creamy and delicious ice cream and biting into a crunchy cone! Ice cream is an incredibly popular treat for families and children. And while supermarkets sell tubs of ice cream, there is nothing better than making and sampling your own homemade treats! Gemma Staford , a professionally-trained chef and baker, has created an easy two-ingredient...
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...
In recent years research has demonstrated the many ways children can benefit enormously from outdoor activities. Letting children experience nature can help promote a well-rounded development and a healthier lifestyle.  Gardening remains one of the best outdoor activities for kids of all ages. Whether the garden is in pots or a big patch right outside their front door, kids who engage themselves in the...
Top 10 Outdoor Summer Activities for your Charges   Summer is finally here! And for all you nannies, governors and governesses with the possibility to now take your charges outside - we thought we’d post our 10 favourite activities and games to keep your charges smiling in the sunshine. So without further ado, let the countdown begin!   Balloon Dart Painting   A wonderful, colourful,...
We understand that when at work as a rota nanny , things can get stressful. And of course, travelling with your charges can be doubly stressful. Of course, you will need to keep an eye on your own bags. And to take care of the kids’ games , phones, bags and clothing. Oh, you may also be expected to watch out for your employer’s luggage. And then on top of all that, you’ve got to change your clothes and the...
When it’s holiday time and you’re caring for the kids while their mums and dads are busy at work, it can be taxing on any nanny to try to dream up new and exciting ideas to engage them. They need entertainment, but of course you don’t want to let them loose on the iPads just yet . You can’t take them out for ice cream all the time, so how about getting them to learn something and have fun while doing it? Here are 7...
Summer is here! And whilst working in childcare, you'll quickly realise that getting children outside is one of the best ways to help them expel some of the never-ending energy they seem to have. Outdoor time is a wonderful opportunity to encourage them to interact with each other, you, and the world around them. So here are JIC's top 10 outdoor activity ideas for children that are easy to set up and, most importantly,...
Many parents send their kids to camps during the summer, but there are plenty of families who prefer to hire nannies or childcare workers to watch their children while they are at work. And at the same time, parents want their nannies to do productive activities with the kids; they don't want them sitting at home all day and watching television or them playing on their iPhones or iPads the entire time!  With that said, if you are...