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Back to Basics Childcare for Melbourne Nannies. Not Just Babysitters

Back to Basics Childcare for Melbourne Nannies. Not Just Babysitters

Kids need to given more scope to be themselves than is often the case. They don’t need constant organised stimulation, and parents and carers should worry less about whether they “are they learning something today’.

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FROM THE DESK OF THE CEO

FROM THE DESK OF THE CEO

In the next few weeks you may receive a postcard and/or email from us about the future of government funding for in-home child care.

We are asking you to join a campaign to ensure that federal education minister Simon Birmingham understands the importance of in-home care to those who currently access it. 

Let me give you some of the backstory...

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What do we typically learn at a Placement Solutions Professional Development Day for nannies?

What do we typically learn at a Placement Solutions Professional Development Day for nannies?

(and why is continuous learning so important to career nannies?)

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Small joys with a small boy

Small joys with a small boy

One of the drawbacks of running a nanny agency the size of ours is that these days I rarely spend any hands-on time with the people who are the reason for our existence: young children. Thankfully I do have the privilege of looking after my grandson, who has just turned two, on a regular basis. 

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Understanding How Your Rebates Work For Your Family

Understanding How Your Rebates Work For Your Family

So you’ve registered for Childcare Benefit and found out you’re eligible to receive Childcare Rebates (CCR) & Childcare Benefit (CCB) for childcare services utilised from Centrelink...

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An Instagram Mother's Truth bomb

An Instagram Mother's Truth bomb

Babies spew on you. OK. When I had my first child, I was prepared for that.

What I wasn't prepared for was the feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, the anxiety and self-doubt that would follow me around for the entire first year (and beyond!).

This post aims to de-bunk what I affectionately (?) term as the glamourous ‘Insta-MUM’ myth.

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Presentation at Productivity Commission into Child Care at Melbourne hearings August 19 th,2014

Today Placement Solutions  was pleased to speak to  our submission to the Australian Productivity Commission Into Childcare. As CEO and original owner and operator of the business, I spoke to 4 main  points, two of which concerned the Australian Nanny industry in general  and two that are specific to In home care.

A summary of the speech is thus;

 

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Response to Productivity Commission Draft Findings In-home Childcare/Nannies

Recommendations in today’s draft Productivity Commission Report that money be allocated towards expanding childcare options for working parents is the “voice of sense” according to one of Melbourne’s leading in-home childcare/nanny agencies.

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Grattan Institute highlights the Canadian system

Grattan Institute highlights the Canadian system

In a submission to the Productivity Commission the Grattan Institute has highlighted the Canadian child care tax and welfare system

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Child wise - protecting children's futures

Child wise - protecting children's futures

Placement Solutions staff recently received training from the Child Wise organisation to help our staff identify and prevent child abuse. 

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Importing child care not the answer

In the 31 March edition of the Daily Dilemma segment of the Network 10 program Studio 10, the question was asked “should we import low paid nannies from Asia?” 

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Tackle Nanny Taxes says submission

The McMillan Shakespeare Group has called for changes in the tax treatment of child care in its submission to the Productivity Commission.

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NSW says simplify the system

The NSW Government has called for the simplification of the Child Care Benefits and Child Care Rebate system in its submission to the Productivity Commission.

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Child care for corporate competitive advantage

Greater work force participation by women is seen as important for national competitive advantage and child care is a key solution but what about corporate competitive advantage?

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Business Council of Australia submission to Productivity Commission inquiry into child care

The recent Business Council of Australia (BCA) submission into child care in Australia highlights the significant financial disincentives associated with getting child care in Australia.

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Child care rebate unfrozen?

The Australian newspaper  is today reporting that the government has allowed legislation to pass that doesnt provide for a child care rebate freeze. Labor went to the election promising a child care rebate freeze and the Abbott government looking for budget savings has reiterated it is seeking to lower costs here. Labor now stands with the Greens in opposition to a child care rebate freeze.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/childcare-rebate-freeze-set-to-end/story-fn59niix-1226863763029#

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Placement Solutions in the news

Placement Solutions CEO Louise Dunham and Nanny of the Year Ms Clare Carisle Stranger were interviewed for an article that appeared in The Age on Sunday March the 23rd.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/nanny-with-no-fear-of-challenges-20140322-35ad9.html

The article reports on Ms Stranger's success as Nanny of the Year in Australia and being short listed for the International Nanny of the Year competition to be announced in Los Angeles on March the 27th.

Australia will be represented at the International Nanny Association (INA) annual conference by Louise Dunham who is on the INA board.

 

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Sharing the love call to make nannies more affordable

Making in-home care more affordable through extended nanny rebates and the promotion of ‘nanny sharing’ should be a focus of the Productivity Commission, industry expert Louise Dunham said today after the release of the Commission’s issues paper. 

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December 2013 Special for New Clients

Permanent new clients to Placement Solutions will receive a complimentary voucher for 4-hours' on-call casual childcare. Valued at over $120!
 
*Valid for 3 months. Offer ends 31st December 2013. Voucher valid for one family with up to four children. Not transferable or redeemable for cash.

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Clients

At Placement Solutions, our clients tell us time and time again that we give them peace of mind so they can get out the door of their homes to do their work. While they're at it, they know they have the best childcare situation in their own home.

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Prospects

Childcare in Melbourne can be a minefield. Parents tell us every day that there are limited childcare places available and, in some areas across Melbourne, there are none. However, there are plenty of nannies available.

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