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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...
Whether you’re a governor or governess starting a new position with a VIP family or an experienced tutor working a full-time schedule, you can always improve the way you work in all childcare jobs.   Working better means more job security, increased likelihood of pay rises or bonuses and ultimately making yourself more of an 'in demand' candidate. So brush up on your skills with our list of 10 things to be aware...
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...
If it’s a family member’s birthday and you want to make a special gift - try this finger paint ‘silhouette’ craft. It’s easy to do, a chance to get messy and a wonderful gift for a birthday, a Christmas present or a Valentine’s Day surprise. And because it’s finger painting your charges will enjoy making this craft too - try and get some photos of them in the process to accompany the end...
How has working with kids changed you? Childcare jobs can be a calling for those with abundant patience, a lot of love to give and a desire to make a difference. A  governess job  isn’t always easy, but there is perhaps nothing more rewarding for a nanny, governor, governess or tutor, than seeing the positive effects you can have on a child’s life. BUT if you work as a nanny or governess you will soon...
Pretend play is a vital part of a child’s development. Activities that encourage children to “make-believe” and explore their creativity is not only fun; it also helps develop essential life skills they can use growing up.  Imaginative play is an activity that allows the child to play a character and act out experiences that capture their interests. Creating a pretend space can aid in the development of a...
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...
The development of a child’s five most essential senses: hearing, sight, touch, taste, and smell, is one of the foremost support a child needs for the development of their language and cognitive capabilities, fine and motor skills, social interaction, and problem-solving.  Even though children can develop their senses in the outside world through experiences, nannies, parents, and childcare workers can further develop 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,...
Glasgow is known for being one of the friendliest places in Scotland. Once an important shopping port, the city has gone through changes and had become the place for some of the best restaurants and attractions in the country. Nannies and children who have a chance to walk around Glasgow will never get tired of exploring its beautiful parks and massive football stadiums. The children are also sure to have a memorable experience touring all...
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...