Toddler Activities that require no setup!

My little guy is such a typical toddler – oodles and oodles of energy and a cute little attention span that lasts no more than a few minutes per activity!  And even though he has more toys, books and puzzles than any child should (thanks in part to Grandma, who rarely shows up to the… Read more »

Tips for Being an Extraordinary Nanny

Welcome to 2015! Here are some tips for new and current nannies for putting your best foot forward this year in your nannying endeavours. Create and maintain consistency with the parent’s wishes and household routines. Communication with parents is key, establishing up front communication about what parents want and desire from your care of their… Read more »

‘Tis the Season!

The holiday season is now upon us, and holiday-themed baking, crafts, and activities are the perfect excuse to get creative and have fun with your little ones! We have been updating our Pinterest recently, and have compiled a fantastic stash of holiday-themed ideas for nannies and families to try with the kids. Check it out by… Read more »

Social Media: How to make sure your professional and personal life are kept separate

In this day and age of technology, word spreads a lot faster than just by word of mouth. You can now have a reputation, relationship, or feud with someone you haven’t even met in person. Now, more than ever, it’s important to safeguard yourself online because you really never know….who is looking? With the rise… Read more »

Things to do in Halifax with the kids!

Things to do in Halifax with the kids! Wondering what to do this weekend? Or perhaps where your nanny can take the kiddies? Here are some things to do in and around HRM. 1)   Rainy day? Check out the latest exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.  2)   Clay Café – located on Quinpool Road… Read more »

Our favourite Children’s Books Made Into Movies

Literature and cinema come together beautifully in our list of favourite children’s books adapted into movies. And whether you are a parent, grandparent, older sibling, or nanny, sharing a great book together with your little ones, can easily lead to enjoying the movie version, and then discussing what the similarities and differences between the book… Read more »

Over and Above your Nanny’s Wage!

Your nanny should not be responsible for paying for things relating to the day to day of their job. In certain cases this can’t be helped, so it is wise to have a petty cash fund on hand. If something last minute comes up, it will be your nanny’s responsibility to keep the receipt and give to you for a reimbursement. Please do not include this in your nanny’s pay cheque so that she is not taxed for it and compensate her as soon as possible. Here are some common examples of extras that may come up.

Nanny Ice Breakers

On Call nannies have the great privilege of working with many different families throughout the year, and in doing so, they get to meet many children. Part of a nanny’s role is to get to know the children in her care fairly quickly, and earn their trust, before moving on with the events of the day, afternoon, or evening, as the case may be. Here are some easy ice breaker ideas that anyone can use to make introductions.