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The ‘state of play’ of nannying here and in the USA

The ‘state of play’ of nannying here and in the USA

I’ve recently returned from a visit to the USA during which I attended the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies (APNA) conference. Those who attend this conference are running nanny agencies all over America and beyond, so collectively they provide a unique perspective on what is happening in the nanny industry in the States specifically, but with implications for all of us.

I subsequently interviewed Daryl Camarillo, who runs Stanford Park Nannies in the Silicon Valley area of California, and Kathy Webb, who runs HomeWork Solutions, a nanny payroll and tax compliance business on the other side of the country in Virginia. I wanted to get their views on where the nanny industry is  heading. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they describe issues that have many similarities to what is happening in Australia.

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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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Meet Tonya Sakowicz of Newborn Care Solutions

Meet Tonya Sakowicz of Newborn Care Solutions

For today’s new parent, there is an overwhelming volume of advice on offer, much of which changes almost week to week. Sadly this often creates confusion and even anxiety, making new parenthood much harder than it should be. For this reason alone I was very inspired by Tonya Sakowicz when I first met her, and I was keen to introduce her newborn care program to our Nurture Training College at the earliest opportunity.

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Are you wanting to privately recruit a Nanny?

Are you on the hunt for a nanny to suit your family but need some help from a Recruitment firm to assist with all of the checks? Look no further!!!

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We will find your Modern Day Equivalent Mary Poppins!

We will find your Modern Day Equivalent Mary Poppins!

At Placement Solutions we pride ourselves in having the best quality professional nannies. Parents can rest assured and sleep easy at night knowing their children are in safe hands. We strive to always have happy, healthy and most of all safe children on our watch.

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And about time too

And about time too

We have been waiting for this for a long, long time. Finally we are hearing very strong noises from the Australian Tax Office confirming what we have been arguing, and in fact fighting for, for years. An ATO official investigating the tax implications of the Nanny Pilot Programme has confirmed that there are no circumstances – none – in which a nanny can be regarded as an independent contractor for tax purposes especially working through a private firm.

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How much cleaning can a Nanny do?

How much cleaning can a Nanny do?

A recent post here about our household management service touched on the difference between a Nanny and a cleaner. More specifically, it made the point that a Nanny is not a cleaner and should not be expected to do general household cleaning or other household chores. The only exception are tasks that are associated with child care.

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Families in Crisis

Families in Crisis

Did you know there is help out there for families going through crisis whether it is financial or medical?  We are especially experienced in helping such families.  Some people may receive funding offered by the government.  Those families approved are allowed to access full child care funding to help them through a time of crisis.

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Five ways to make nanny sharing work

Five ways to make nanny sharing work

Nanny sharing is a great way to reduce the cost of in-home child care while adding some extra socialisation into your children’s day. However it works best when it is approached in the right way. While Placement Solutions keep things ‘clean’ by invoicing each family separately, holding joint client liaison meetings and so on, there are a number of factors nanny-sharing families should bear in mind.

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Nanny Pilot versus Rebated Care

Nanny Pilot versus Rebated Care

Did you know that the nanny pilot has started?!  It is a ‘new’ initiative proposed by the government to assist families who cannot access normal rebated care. Basically it is the same eligibility as normal in-home care requirements except you aren’t using up your CCR/CCB. We as an agency have been selected for regional and rural Victoria and hope to help as many families as we can.

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Childcare News

Read the latest childcare news, which was sent out in our September newsletter, here...

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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 Successfully apply to a Premium Nanny agency

How to Successfully apply to a Premium Nanny agency

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Application to a Nanny Agency

So you’ve decided to try and get a job with a nannying agency. Perhaps you’re just starting out, or you’re tired of going it alone, or things aren’t working out with your current agency. Either way, there are some basic things you can do to improve your chances of a successful application. Here are 10 things we like – and which, sadly, are often overlooked by applicants.

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An uneven playing field, with plenty of risk all around

I know I’ve written about this before, but the imminent report to government of the Productivity Commission inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning has had me thinking about the issue again: the problem of the ‘underground’ cash-in-hand in-home child care industry.

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No Need To Re -invent the funding wheel

PLACEMENT SOLUTIONS NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2014

Reinventing the funding wheel is not the way to improve child care access.

Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that we have been closely watching the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Childcare and Early Child Learning. We have also made submissions to the inquiry and appeared before it. The Commission released an draft report earlier this year and will soon release its final report.

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Highlights from Nannypalooza

I’ve just returned from the Nannypalooza conference in Cleveland, Ohio with a head full of new ideas and insights. Nannypalooza is an American organisation dedicated to supporting nannies through education and networking, and I was very grateful to be invited to their conference representing an agency. Very few agencies are involved in this conference as it really is all about the nannies.

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Placement Solutions, Louise Dunham to Childcare Productivity Commission

Placement Solutions, Louise Dunham to Childcare Productivity Commission

 I am the CEO of Placement Solutions a private Nanny agency in operation since 1988 and an inaugural government approved In - Home care service since 2000.

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Nannies,In home childcarers and the Productivity Commission into Childcare

Nannies,In home childcarers and the Productivity Commission into Childcare

The facts on government funding of Nannies

I would like to clarify a few of the facts relating to Nannies and in-home child care generally.The Productivity Commisssion into childcare are now in their second phase of  speaking to the public about the way forward for child care in Australia. I presented at the Commission  on behalf of Placement Solutions.

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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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