First impressions are a BIG deal, especially when it comes to your job or career. Whether you are sending a simple email or showing up on a client’s doorstep for the first time, it is extremely important to be aware of how you are presenting yourself. We at Nannies on Call have some great tips for our nannies on how to make sure you are representing yourself and the agency in a professional and positive manner.
Remember Fruit Roll Ups? Did you ever think of making them at home?
If it’s summer or fall, you might enjoy beginning this activity a day or so early by getting the kids to help pick berries or other fruit. In the off season, have some fruits ready to go in the freezer.
As yet another activity, you can first make a healthy, delicious juice before making fruit leather! Using a fruit press or common kitchen tools such as a sieve and a wooden spatula, kids can have some messy fun squishing fruit to make juice. This works well with blackberries, grapes, and many more. Be sure to refrigerate unused juice and consume within a few days to avoid fermentation.
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.
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 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.).
We enlisted the help of our extraordinary On Call nannies and did a little digging in their nanny bags. We discovered a world of creativity and preparation! If you are a new nanny with Nannies On Call or a current nanny looking for new ideas to refresh your nanny bag, have a look at some of the things your fellow nannies carry in their amazing nanny bags.
Susan from Nannies on Call interviews Jennifer Hood from Jump Gymnastics in Vancouver.
Every now and again, a family-friendly TV program comes up that is worth sharing, even from a surprising source!
Junior MasterChef has competitors who are all kids recruited across the USA between the ages of 8 to 13, competing in cooking challenges for a top prize of money and a scholarship to culinary school once they’re of age. Adults may have raised eyebrows knowing Gordon Ramsay is the host and one of the judges, but after viewing the first episode, we can attest that Ramsay and his fellow judges are certainly very goodhearted, tactful, and wholly supportive of the children competing. No shouting, no swearing – honestly the only real sass comes from the kids themselves!
Susan talks to Carly about how to work with children who require extra support. Specifically ADD, ADHD, Downs Syndrome and Autism.
With winter on its way, wouldn’t it be nice to have the kids help with the decorating? How about starting it with a scavenger hunt! Bring baskets, bags and scissors or pruners (carefully), and go on a little walk, whether in the backyard, the park, or the forest.
(Scavenger list may change depending on flora in your area and your decorating desires).