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7 Things to ask your Nanny before you engage them

7 Things to ask your Nanny before you engage them

Are you about to begin interviewing Nannies? We have just the thing to get you started

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Come to our Career Information Night tomorrow night!

Come to our Career Information Night tomorrow night!

Thinking of a career change?  Want to know what’s involved in being a Nanny or Household Manager? Do you want to obtain a qualification in Childcare? Then come along tomorrow night, Tuesday 31st January at 6.00 p.m.  Venue:  Placement Solutions, Unit 20, 828 High Street, Kew East.

Placement Solutions together with Nurture Training College are offering a free career info session with experts giving you all the insights on top careers in nannying and household management and  training opportunities for both of them.  Receive a $99.00 voucher that can be used towards a Newborn Care Specialist course (non-transferable for March course).

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Making Dreams come true for the last 28 years!

Making Dreams come true for the last 28 years!

Follow your dreams. Chase your passion. Live life to the fullest.  What are you waiting for? Follow the yellow brick road into your dream career TODAY!

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Know the company that you are looking to work for…

Know the company that you are looking to work for…

You have secured an interview with Placement Solutions and you feel excited about the prospects of working for the agency as a Nanny or Household Manager. But a wave of dread comes across you, what do you really know about us? How do we differ from other agencies? What can we offer you? Are we the right fit for you? So many questions fill your mind…

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Interview styles - One approach doesn’t fit all

Interview styles - One approach doesn’t fit all

With the Nanny Pilot being in full flow the recruitment department faces lots of first times and novelties. We do have interviews in recruitment offices in small towns, interviews in family’s homes, interviews with children and dogs around; we have skype interviews and inductions and we can see nannies interacting with children.

Those different situations make it easy to see advantages and disadvantages of each and we thought it a great time to compare different interview styles.

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Recruitment in rural regions – growing through change

Recruitment in rural regions – growing through change

With the introduction of the Nanny Pilot Program by the Federal Government, Placement Solutions has recently been appointed as the sole provider for regional Victoria. The  amount of recruitment we need to do has suddenly multiplied and poses new challenges.  The very short-roll out period means we need to develop strategies quickly to ensure we manage this change and growth well.

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Nannies Needed for Work in the Countryside

Nannies Needed for Work in the Countryside

Exciting changes have happened lately for Placement Solutions and especially in the Recruitment Department.  With our agency being chosen as the sole provider in regional Victoria for nannies as part of the Nanny Pilot Program, the opportunities for working with us just got bigger!  We are now recruiting not only in metropolitan Melbourne but all through Victoria.

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New Year - New CV

New Year - New CV

New Year’s resolutions are not for everyone.  Nevertheless, the beginning of a new year is a great time to look back at where you have come from and, more importantly, to take a good look at where you are heading.

If one of your to-do list items for 2016 is a new job (maybe as one of our amazing nannies), a career change or finishing studies to start your dream career, refreshing your CV is a great first step.  The first impression any new employer will have is your resumé and of course you want your first impression to be a good one.

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Congratulations to the Newly Elected INA Board of Directors

In particular congratulations to our CEO Louise who is the first Australian board member.INA board members volunteer hundreds of hours each year to the organization.  These board members have been voted on by the membership of the International Nanny Association, and will serve for the term 2016 – 2017.

 

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Let’s talk Ethics…Soft Skills as important factor in your application

Let’s talk Ethics…Soft Skills as important factor in your application

Working in childcare means working in an industry that is loaded with ethical and moral questions, values and opinions; even more so when it is in-home childcare. It can be quite easy to oversee what lies right in front of you. That’s why we as recruiters try to point out the important facts right from the beginning. And besides a screening of your ‘hard’ skills, such as knowledge of child development, skills in settling, nappy changes and activity planning, this also involves an assessment of your ‘soft’ skills such as communication skills and, you guessed it, ethical values and positions.

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References - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

References - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

So you have finally taken the plunge and decided to return to the workforce after having children or maybe you’re sick of the same old job and need a change. One of the many things that you need to think about when applying for a new job is your references. You may be able to talk your way through a great phone interview, or even a fantastic face to face interview however; you need reliable and trustworthy references to back you up. Promoting yourself will only get you so far, it’s your references that can easily make or break you when it comes to getting that great job. Therefore, choosing the right people to be your reference can be a critical part of your application process.

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Tips for Your Induction

Tips for Your Induction

So you’ve got your dream job and prior to starting you must complete an induction. It’s important at this time not to relax and think that what happens from here doesn’t matter. Just because you got through the phone interview, face to face interview and reference checking doesn’t mean that you can reduce your level of dedication. The induction is a time where potentially you are meeting other employees or Supervisors and Managers. Providing them with a good impression is just as important as leaving a good impression on the recruitment consultants or hiring Manager, as these are the people that you will have the most interaction with and in some cases the people that will recommend you for jobs, provide you with feedback or even do your performance review. Therefore, it’s always best to maintain the same professional approach that you had at interview stage right through your entire career and all job related interactions.

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What it takes to become a Placement Solutions nanny

What it takes to become a Placement Solutions nanny

One of the questions we get most often is “What does it take to become a Placement Solutions nanny?”

Without putting too fine a point on it, we believe our nannies are some of the highest quality, most professional in-home carers you will find in Melbourne.

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Nannying versus long-day care: 5 pros and 5 (possible) cons

Quite a few of our nannies started their childcare careers in long-day care, and we are constantly fielding enquiries from long-day care workers who are interested in making the ‘shift’.

With that in mind we thought it would be worthwhile exploring the pros and cons of nannying compared with long-day care. While working as a nanny provides a wonderful career for many, it isn’t for everyone.

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The do’s and don’ts of “dressing” for an interview.

Applicants sometimes forget or don't realise how important “dressing” is when attending an interview. In some cases it might be the difference between you getting or not getting a job. Although your experience and qualifications should speak for themselves, it’s the image that you portray that can also affect your job application. Employers may feel that if you dress poorly or inappropriately. This then will reflect on their business and as it does not portray the correct or desired image of the company, they will not want to hire you. Therefore, you need to dress for success and leave the ‘right’ impression not the ‘wrong’ impression.

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Does your workplace reflect your values?

We are flexible. We are connected. We are incredibly open and we travel more than for example my grandparents ever even dreamed about. I moved 16,Son343 km from the middle of Germany to Melbourne in order to work where I work. I can’t even start to count all the different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures my friends, acquaintances and colleagues have; the diversity is enchanting. Different cultures, different food, different music, religion, political views. And in the middle of all this variety is you, an individual with your own culture, values and priorities. There is little doubt that in order to be happy and live  a satisfying life you need to be in an environment that is in line with your own culture, your own set of values; a place where you can be yourself. Considering that you spend an average of 8 hours of your day at work you can do the maths and will find that your workplace should definitely be a place that reflects your own values.

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Don’t search for words at an interview – Follow (the) STAR

Working as a recruitment consultant myself I can tell you that we love behavioural interview questions. And we also know that they put applicants in a somewhat difficult situation. I recently read an article on a great method to deal with behavioural interviews and think it is a great tool for all of us to have.

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Between invitation call and interview – Communicate, communicate, communicate

One thing that recruiters are continually asked is, what makes a good candidate. The answer to this would seem simple, one that has good experience, good qualifications and presents well. Whilst this is all true, there is also some other influencing factors that a candidate might not think about. It’s that time between having a phone interview and attending the interview that people sometimes forget about.

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Your Nanny Box

Love your job and the fun that goes together with it when playing with the children, see them develop and grow?

Do they have a favourite toy? A favourite book? Naturally it is great to utilise the material provided by the parents. On the other hand bringing your own material is a great opportunity to introduce the children to something outside the box.

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5 common mistakes when writing a resume

So you have decided to start applying for jobs after being out of the market for some time, maybe you had children and stopped working, maybe you have been working with the same company for years and have decided you need a change.  Whatever the reason you need to write a resume and you just don't know where to start.

One thing that people start doing is talking to their friends about what to do and suddenly they get all these "great tips". Unfortunately their tips might not be based on professional knowledge but personal experience.  Therefore, we have put together some common mistakes that should be avoided.

 

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Be here, be now, be mindful

With stress management, awareness and mindfulness classes being introduced in many work places we thought it is time to share our passion for a well-balanced mind with you. Moving in a fast paced world can be challenging enough for grownups but just imagine how much more information children have to work through seeing and experiencing so many situations for the first time.

While of course it is necessary for every employee including every Nanny and indeed every person to find a way to deal with stress and increasing pressure for themselves it can also be fun to explore those strategies together with children and for them it is a good skill to learn early on.

But is it really necessary for children to learn tactics to deal with stress?

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Nervous before your interview? Try these tips and be at your best.

Are you applying at the moment and faced with your first interview or do you remember your last interview?  How did you feel about it?  If you are like many of us the interview might have caused you a fair amount of excitement and nervousness, maybe even anxiety.  Do you think it influenced your performance?  Did you fail to get a good night’s sleep beforehand as you were thinking too much about the upcoming interview?  Did your voice crack?  Did you come up with your best answers after you left the room?  If so, be reassured, you are not alone.  But just because you are not alone doesn’t mean you have to be this way.  Follow our tips and tricks and ensure you are at your best for your next interview.

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Top Tips for Phone Interviews

When applying for jobs it's more than likely that you will be contact via phone prior to attending a face to face interview. Phone interviews are critical to recruiters as they assist them in short listing applicants and ensuring that the applicant meets the selection criteria.

Phone interviews can make you a little nervous and because you don't always know when you will receive the call, you may feel a little unprepared. If you follow our top tips they will assist you in being prepared and will increase your chances of getting a face to face interview.

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Interviews Matter

Of course, all of us understand that looking after children is so important that face-to-face interviews are a necessity for all nannies before they can start a job. These interviews don’t need to be with the family directly, agencies have the qualification and staff to thoroughly identify whether the position offered is suitable for you.

Unlike often perceived interviews are not only for the employer. After all it comes from the French s’entrevoir which means to see each other.  While the employer will of course see you, you will also see the employer which gives you the chance to get more information on the position and whether you can imagine committing to the job and enjoying your work. In the long run having realistic expectations at the interview and knowing what you want from a job can lead to a more fulfilling work life.

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You are professional – be treated professionally

With the Nanny pilot scheme on the horizon and nannies receiving new attention we thought it is a good time to bring back to mind a fundamental truth in the in-home childcare sector. You are a professional, be treated as one. This means you should be legally employed.

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Pinky McKay shows the way at our PD day

Pinky McKay shows the way at our PD day

It was such a pleasure to welcome lactation consultant and author Pinky McKay to our professional development day last month. We had a fantastic attendance on the day and the enthusiasm was running very high as Pinky shared her wisdom with us. 

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Meet our Staff Members

Meet our Staff Members

Christine Schryver joined Placement Solutions in 2015, becoming part of the recruitment department where she sources, screens and employs the best nannies and household managers for our families.

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Professional Development Day

Our Latest PD day on the 8 th of August was a great success.

Celebrated author and parenting expert Pinky Mckay spoke about tips for settling new babies and working with toddlers. 

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AHCA Media Release - National In-Home Childcare Standards required for the Nanny Pilot Programme

David Wilson, the President of the Australian Home Childcare Association (AHCA), the peak body for the In-Home Childcare sector has called on the Government to adopt the In-Home Care National Standards for the Nanny Pilot Programme that will better ensure the safety and deliver better outcomes for children and nannies under Nanny Pilot Plan.

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How To Find The Right Family Placement For You

How To Find The Right Family Placement For You

If you want to be successful as a nanny, it’s important that you are selective when choosing a placement family. Sure, you will rarely have endless choice, but by the same token it is not necessary, or wise, to take the first position that comes up.

The right decision could lead to long term work and the chance to really embed yourself as ‘part of the family’. In contrast, a wrong decision could be stressful and disruptive for both you and the family you work for.

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