Facts For Your Family – The Why and Hows!

If you are one of our On-Call nannies, you will have seen (and hopefully extensively used!) our very colourful, double-sided Facts For Your Family/Notes For Your Nanny sheets.

We encourage nannies to always use the FFYF side of the sheets, as it helps you keep a good, accountable record of what happened during your workday in case you miss anything when verbally giving feedback to parents. It also keeps a written record of patterns in childcare and child habits, and some families find that very useful for personal note if there are things they want to keep on observation (e.g. behaviour, potential allergies, duties completed etc.).

Business Communication in the 21st Century – Pros and Cons

We’re so lucky to live in a society with all the technological conveniences of the 21st Century; e-mail, text, Skype….no longer is the phone our only device to communicate quickly and effortlessly.  With this luxury we also hold a responsibility of ensuring we don’t abuse this form of communication by taking “short cuts”.  For those… Read more »

Organizing Playrooms after the Holidays

If your kid’s playroom looks like a tornado ripped through it immediately following the holidays, there’s a good chance that you need to find a good system to get things back on track and organized! Obviously, cleaning up the clutter is easier said than done. Where do you start and when do you know you’re finished?

First Things First
Let’s get rid of the toys that are broken and games that are missing pieces. Now, you may want to do this while your children are busy playing somewhere else, or even sleeping, because, it never fails: the moment you decide that a broken toy needs to be thrown away, they will decide that it’s their favorite toy in the world! Once you are sure that you’ve sorted out all of the broken toys and pieces, it’s time to organize, organize, organize!

Allowance time? Questions to ponder

At some point parents make the decision whether, when, why and how much to give a child allowance, and, as with many things, we use some trial and error and in the end we do what feels right. If you’re at the point where you’re beginning to consider allowance, there are several factors to consider: age, sibling allowance, amount, frequency, and so on.