IN A DAY'S JOB

 So I'm still smiling even as I type... something unusually inspiring happened to me! I was already scheduled for a rusty day this morning. Woke up a little too early and got engrossed reading articles online about inclusive care, but by the time I decided to stop myself and snooze a little more before morning, it was already morning! But I stubbornly slept and woke up late. What that me...

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Separating Fact from Fiction: 10 Common Myths About Nannies

Whether its due to modern-day reality shows like Beverly Hills Nannies, old school movies like Mary Poppins, or the perception the media shares with the public, when it comes to nannies, theres definitely a mix of both fact and fiction. Here are cheap football kits 10 of the most popular myths people believe about nannies.1. Nannies are only for the wealthy; While nannies may out-ea...

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Childcare Research Kick-off

So we are finally doing it! We started this business with a vision to improve and support childcare systems in this great nation. One sure way to achieve this vision is to study what currently obtains in the field. So we've launched a CHILDCARE RESEARCH UNIT!We may be able to boast of some knowledge in the business of how to provide professional service, but what we know cannot compare to wha...

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How to know if your toddler likes his/her nanny

One of the scariest things about hiring a nanny is the thought that your child will not like her and will be miserable under her care while youre away. When your child is still a toddler theres a good chance that she wont have a strong enough grasp of language skills cheap football kits to give you a detailed account of the time that she spends with her nanny, leaving you on your ow...

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Sex Education Gone Wrong!

It was the weekend again, and even though I knew it was a full day of #CHILDCARE, I decided to go to bed at around 2 am. Sleep lasted 5 minutes, and before I could curse the sun for cheating me again,  I heard it- "dwink wata". The toddler was up! End of sleep. I had a lot to do anyway, so I dragged myself out of bed.After giving him a full cup of water, we had potty time after which I l...

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A Teenage Epiphany

I had a very strange dreamIn my dream, I was a nanny to four children, one of which was a 15 years old young man. The first son to be precise. As all teenagers do, this young man was changing drastically- in physical appearance, in moral understanding, social relationships, etc and like most teenagers, he was rebelling. In fact, he had been rebelling long before I got the job and while his mother ...

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How to maintain a healthy nanny share relationship

Now that the decision has been made, the trial period has been met, and the nanny share is in full swing, youre not all done. Like any relationship, this arrangement requires maintenance to make sure it continues as smoothly as possible. Here are some guidelines to nurture the nanny share:Good communication is by far the most crucial part of having a successful nanny share! Keep the communica...

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Factors to agree on when you decide to go into a NANNY SHARE relationship

Once you have decided on a particular family, here are a few factors to discuss and agree on when you all agree to share a Nanny togetherThe Nanny.  What type of nanny are you comfortable with? What age range, tribe, level of experience and/or educational level are you willing to consider? Must she come with extra skills (hair braiding, housekeeping, cooking)?Compensation. Docu...

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Your child's nutrition

Dealing with eating challenges, such as picky eaters and food "strikes", is a common challenge in childcare. Remember that children grow at different rates and their appetites, food preferences and eating habits changes as they get older. To combat the epidemic of childhood overweight, all of us will need to take some responsibilities for helping children to eat better and develop good habits...

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Things to think about when considering a family to SHARE a NANNY with

Similar parenting styles is the single most frequently mentioned key to a successful nanny share. Spend time with the other family to make sure you are compatible. Consider getting feedback about the other family from others (especially staff eg: former nannies, house cleaners, etc.); the other family may be charming but not a respectful, fair employer. From a few interactions you should be a...

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ABOUT NANNY SHARING

    NANNY SHARE is a wonderful way to provide your child with very personalized, home-based childcare and share the costs of this care with another family. Many families find that the nanny share is the answer to managing their childcare expenses.The service became popular in western nations during times of economic stress such as the Dot Com era etc.  There is no doubt th...

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NEW NANNY ORIENTATION CHECKLIST

ORIENTATION CAN BE DONE VERBALLY AND MAY NOT BE WRITTEN, BUT HAVING A WRITTEN ORIENTATION CAN BE VERY HELPFUL, SAVING YOU FROM LONG REPETITIVE TALK AND ENSURING YOU DON'T FORGET VITAL INFORMATION.The entire Nanny orientation you give will help your new nanny to feel at ease,  rest assured and confident enough to work well because instructions and duties has been well communicated. Below is a ...

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HEALTH TIPS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

dos and donts: Diet tips for pregnancy<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> Eating for two? Here are the top food facts you need to know Pregnant? Now that your growing baby is absorbing everything you are eating, you will have to make some dietary modifications. (Hint: Eat your vegetables!) Although you should discuss your diet with your doctor, ...

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WHO IS A NANNY?

WHO IS A NANNY?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> A nanny, child minder, child care provider, or a mother's helper is an individual who provides care for one or more children in a family as a service. Traditionally, nannies were servants in large households and reported directly to the lady of the house. Today, modern nannies, like other domest...

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STUDYING YOUR TODDLER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER NANNY

How to Know if your Toddler Likes Her Nanny One of the scariest things about hiring a nanny is the thought that your child will not like her and will be miserable under her care while youre away. When your child is still a toddler theres a good chance that she wont have a strong enough grasp of language skills to give you a detailed account of the time that she spends with her nanny, leaving yo...

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HIRING A NANNY

10 Advantages to Hiring an Experienced NannyTwo-income families have become the norm over the last several years, which has led to an increasing need for quality child-care. Parents who have taken on the responsibilities associated with additional employment must also shoulder another burden, and that is to ensure that they make a good choice when hiring a nanny. Since their nanny may be spending ...

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WHAT'S YOUR OPINION ABOUT NANNIES?

Separating Fact from Fiction: 10 Common Myths About Nannies Whether its due to modern day reality shows like Beverly Hills Nannies, old school movies like Mary Poppins, or the perception the media shares with the public, when it comes to nannies, theres definitely a mix of both fact and fiction. Here are 10 of the most popular myths people believe about nannies. 1. Nannies are only for the we...

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What nannies don't like....

What Nannies Dont Like or How to Treat Your NannyBeing paid UnfairlyMost nannies have worked hard, often to degree level, to attain professional qualifications. Choosing to be a nanny is a clear career choice for many and one which they are dedicating their time and energy to. As with any other professional position, nannies expect their expertise to be recognised and to receive fair remuneration ...

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CREATING A POSITIVE NANNY-FAMILY RELATIONSHIP

CREATING POSITIVE NANNY-FAMILY RELATIONSHIP Having the same caregiver throughout the years is one of the biggest draws of nanny care. Not only do kids benefit when they have consistent care, but it makes parents lives much easier too. The cornerstone to keeping your nanny for years is creating and maintaining a positive nanny/family relationship. Here are some tips for creating that bond. It sta...

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HIRING A LIVE-IN OR LIVE-OUT NANNY

Live-in or Live-out NannyMaking the DecisionIt is important that you are comfortable with the option you choose. The following are some of the more (or less) common pros and cons for each arrangement:Advantages ofLive-in care:Theliveinnannyoffers the family many advantages.Aliveinnannywill reside in your home, generally in a private bedroom, and will receive room and board in addition to her salar...

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