Previously we shared that part of what makes a Nannies On Call nanny extraordinary is that she (or he) always arrives at bookings prepared. When it comes to keeping our little ones entertained, a little magic helps, along with a well-stocked nanny bag.
If the task is to care for school-aged children, here are some key items found in our nanny bags:
- Age-appropriate and/or seasonal books
- UNO and/or a deck of cards (Nanny Devon says, “I especially love it when kids re-teach me card games I used to play when I was in school. “Presidents” and “Cheat” or sometimes a new game.”)
- Colouring books & sheets, along with markers and crayons
- Coloured paper, origami paper
- Water-based paints and paint brushes
- Food colouring (a staple in nanny Vanessa G.’s bag)
- A set of animal doodle cards
- Board games & memory matching games
- Puzzles (one for older kids and one for younger)
- Bouncy balls (different sizes)
- Bracelet / jewelry kits
- Picture frame kits
- Small craft packages from a dollar store
- Other craft supplies: popsicle sticks, pom poms, foam cutouts, paper plates, pipe cleaner, glue, colored paper, child safe scissors, foam sheets, and more.
- Music cd’s and/or kid-friendly music playlist on iPod (Freeze dance, anyone?)
Of course you may never carry all these items at once, and you will have to make adjustments depending on the booking location, number and ages of the children, etc. You will also need to restock and refresh your bag items periodically.
Finally, let us not forget that a nanny bag should also contain things to keep an extraordinary nanny going from one booking to the next, such as: a water bottle, snacks, a book or magazine, nanny receipts and a pen, and a basic first aid kit.
Did we leave anything out? What’s in your nanny bag?
Whats in your Nanny Bag Part 1