10 winter crafts to keep kids busy indoors

Nannies on Call wants to help parents and nannies keep little ones safe, warm, and smiling this winter, so we’ve put together a list of some fun, kid-friendly crafts to do indoors. We’d love to hear your ideas for keeping kids busy and entertained this season too!   Make salt dough ornaments Paint magic salt… Read more »

Staying Home for the Holidays

This holiday season is going to look a little different. Many of us won’t be able to travel to visit our families, dinners and gatherings will be limited to a few select people, and New Year’s parties are simply out of the question. So, how do we make sure that our days are merry and… Read more »

4 helpful tips for Nannies with parents working from home

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Nannies rarely worked in homes where the parents were present during the day. Now, since offices have closed and many parents have transitioned to working from home full-time, it has become the norm, rather than the exception. This arrangement can present some challenges, particularly for Nannies who are used to having… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your family – Part 3

You have had the conversation, now what?   Provide a summary Email the parents a summary of what was discussed in the meeting. Highlight any key points that were brought up, as well as any changes or courses of action you agreed on. End the email by thanking the family for their time and letting… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your nanny family – Part 2

Remember the 3 Cs of effective communication When presenting the family with the feedback, keep in mind the three Cs of effective communication: Clear, Concise, and Consistent. Identify the key messages you want to get across. Try to be direct and remain focused during the conversation — it’s okay to give a few specific examples,… Read more »

How to give and receive feedback with your family – Part 1

In any workplace, there will be things that you value and appreciate, and there will be things that could be improved upon or you wish were done differently. Many workplaces schedule regular performance reviews, which provide an opportunity for both the employer and the employee to reflect, give and receive constructive feedback, and problem-solve together…. Read more »

Responsibilities as an Employer

Hiring a nanny is more than just having someone come into your home to care for your children. When you hire a nanny, you become their employer and that is a huge responsibility with a steep learning curve.  Employees are dependent on their employers to be able to pay their bills and put food on… Read more »

Education Support Nanny

As many parents try to decide if it is safe to send their children back to in-person school, some parents have chosen to register their children for online learning. This may come as a relief to some, but it still does not address the stress that many parents felt at the end of last year,… Read more »

Local Summer Fun – Ottawa

Everybody’s summers are looking a little different this year! With borders being closed, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures still in effect, families are having to reevaluate their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, we’ve been doing some research as well and have put together a list of a few fun, family-friendly activities and events going on… Read more »