About Us

Placement Solutions has been providing Melbourne with top quality child care and household management services since 1988.

25 years in business in 2013

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The team at Placement Solutions take great care in choosing the most appropriate Nannies (aka In-home Carers), Baby-Sitters (known to us as On Call Childcarers), Cleaners, Housekeepers and Professional Organisers to meet your requirements.

Our premium Carers are thoroughly screened. Our reputation depends on it!

Placement Solutions is Australian owned and operated by the original owner Louise Dunham, (the Chief Executive Officer). Placement Solutions was one of the first agencies to offer quality screened Child-Carers. We stand by the principles that we care for your most precious assets and never forget that it is an honour to be invited into your home to care for your family.

Placement Solutions is an industry leader

Our CEO helped develop the Government Approved In-home Care Scheme, thereby enabling access for eligible clients to Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Childcare Rebate (CCR) – benefits and rebates accessible through Placement Solutions.

Placement Solutions is a member of the International Nanny Association (INA) based in America. Louise Dunham is currently Chair of the INA Ethics Committee and serves on the Executive of the INA board as Vice President. Louise is the recipient of a 20 year award for services to the International Nanny Industry - the only Australian to be so honoured.

Placement Solutions is proud to be a member of the Australian Home Childcare (AHCA) since 2002. This Association sets industry benchmarks and maintains a voluntary code of ethics, designed to ensure that the industry is self-regulating, and that maintaining the safety, welfare and happiness of your children, remains the paramount duty of all AHCA members.

Placement Solutions is a member of Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO) since 2004. Active participant in the Victorian chapter.

We set the benchmarks that others follow

Back to Basics Childcare for Melbourne Nannies. Not Just Babysitters

It was very refreshing to hear the two speakers at our first professional development seminar of the year, which we held last month. Both were down-to-earth and keen to bust some of the myths that have grown up around child care.

The first theme was the importance of play or, more specifically, the importance of unstructured play. Louise Dorrat, early childhood consultant and educator, counsels that kids need to given more scope to be themselves than is often now the case. They don’t need constant organised stimulation, and parents and carers should worry less about whether they “are they learning something today’.

Louise spoke in terms of the three tenets of the Early Years Learning Framework

(EYLF): belonging, being and becoming. Kids need to know where and with whom they belong. They need to have the chance to just be in the here and now. And we (carers and parents) need to recognise the importance of letting children become their individual selves as they learn and grow.

What this means in practice is less ‘helicopter parenting’ – less parental/carer anxiety.

It means spending more time outside with the kids being left alone to play. It means not constantly asking them what they’re doing, but rather just letting them get on with it. And it means not feeling like they need something new to do – actually allowing them the luxury of getting to the point where they’re bored. When it comes to play, your job is to be remain in the background.

Following on that theme was the very entertaining Graham Davey, performance storyteller. Graham emphasised the role of belonging in home reading. He argued that kids see reading time as less about the book, much more about the opportunity to be with you. In fact he recommended that when reading to a child, you should choose the book – one that you enjoy reading – as this will make for a better experience for both of you. For the same reason, Graham also suggested that reading time should sometimes happen when kids are wide awake, not just before bed.

One of the other tips he gave which I really liked was to make sure you use the free resources available to you for reading – in particular your local library. He suggested giving a child a library card as an impromptu gift, something that they can use to access all the books they could ever want.

We all left this seminar reinvigorated, and with renewed appreciation for the need to let kids be kids.

Note since this was written in 2012, Graham Davey has sadly passed away. His wit and kindness are sorely missed but I hope that the joy he instilled in readers will live on.