Nanny with twelve years of Experience!

Congratulations are in order for Nanny Ana who began with Nannies on Call in 2010 and was a fast favourite to families and staff alike. During her time thus far, she has actively worked with our On Call department, taking shifts as her schedule permits and she has also been successfully placed on three separate occasions. She has worked over 160 On Call jobs and has often been requested back by families, always receiving glowing feedback. Ana is highly creative, energetic, warm and open. She brings over 12 years of childcare experience to the agency. On top of working as a nanny in her native Portugal for 8 years, Ana is also a trained performing artist and has worked as a puppeteer, clown performer, children’s storyteller and drama instructor! Described by past employers as extremely engaging, responsible and caring, Ana is sure to be on your list of favourites in no time!

Reward Systems and Positive Encouragement

A lot of us are too hard on ourselves…. “I need to lose weight, I don’t have enough energy, I don’t get enough done during the day.” This negative self-talk starts to weigh in our minds and create lower self-esteem. When we don’t feel good about ourselves it is reflected in our relationships with others, including our children. Our fuses can be shorter, our tempers bigger and our patience level less and less. We all want our children to be happy, well guess what…. It starts with you! Modeling for your children what happiness looks like is hugely important; after all you are their very first teachers in the world. Children are very receptive and can sense changes in mood and demeanor, although they may not understand it, they will mimic it!

Toronto Nanny of the Month

Since gracing our Toronto roster in 2012 we are proud to boast Emmanuelle has worked with over 63 past families and completed over 229 bookings. As a highly requested On Call Nanny, Emmanuelle still manages to take on new clients and wow them with her kind heart and expertise. She works with newborns to school age children and has the natural ability to connect with families of all walks of life. Nannies on Call is proud to choose Emmanuelle as our “Nanny of the Month”!

To Nanny Share or Not?

I get many calls from people that are interested in sharing a nanny with another family. This typically means that two (sometimes three!) families share one nanny and split the cost. The nanny cares for the children of both families together or splits her time between the two households.
It is a great option for parents who want the personal care in home for their child(ren) but it takes a lot of research and due diligence to make sure this is the right option for your family. Consider the questions below when thinking about using this option for your family.

Kid Friendly Science Project

Science projects are a great way for kids to learn through having fun; this lava lamp project is both educational and fun to try! Lava Lamp project What you’ll need: Clear bottle(s) Water Oil Food color Alka Seltzer Funnel   Using the funnel, pour oil into the clear bottle, about 2/3 full. Pour water into… Read more »

Victoria Nanny Spotlight!

Introducing Nanny Krystal !!

With experience from newborns to teens, Krystal has been a nanny in BC and has worked with elementary school-aged children with
special needs both in and out of school. She has seven brothers so she is energetic and sociable! Her past employers have said that she is reliable, dedicated, kind yet firm when necessary, and truly enjoys children.

DYI Idea: Make Your Own Goop

This DYI idea comes courtesy of nanny Kirstin from Calgary. It’s called goop (no relation to Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog) and a has texture similar to nutty-putty. It’s soft and squishy, bounces and when left on a table, will melt into a puddle. You can colour on it with markers and make designs or play with… Read more »

Animal Game: Predator and Prey

This is a great game to play if you are with a group of kids who need an outside tag-type game. You can choose a food chain relationship, do a craft to create the props, and get into character! It’s fun to act like an animal! While you could try this with as few as two people, the more the better.

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!