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Forgetting the “care” in Childcare

Forgetting the “care” in Childcare

Recently one of our nannies was providing regular respite care to the mother of a young child whose brother had significant special needs, as part of the service we offer to ‘families in crisis'. This respite service included providing care to the mother’s six-year-old son.

 

 

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Nine habits of great nannies

Nine habits of great nannies

As we set about continuing to provide our clients with the best nannies available in Melbourne and Victoria, I think it’s also useful to remind ourselves from time to time of what it is that actually makes a great nanny. Here’s a list of the nine things I think really good nannies tend to do constantly, in no particular order:

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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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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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Dinner and a movie?

Dinner and a movie?

Let me ask you this – when was the last time you had dinner and a movie? With your partner; a friend, your sister?

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Be safe and go with a trusted agency

Be safe and go with a trusted agency

At Placement Solutions we only employ qualified, experienced nannies so you know your children are in expert hands.  Our aim is to make sure that all children we care for are safe, happy and healthy.  You children are so precious – we understand that – so we take the greatest of care when you put your trust in us.  Placement Solutions nannies have a minimum of 3 years experience, have a formal qualification (or are working towards one), they have undergone “Speak Up” training so your child is protected, and of course they all have current Working with Children & Police Checks.  In addition, all our nannies have current Level 2 First Aid certificates. 

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Nannypalooza Oz - a great success!

Nannypalooza Oz - a great success!

It was a huge amount of work for the whole Placement Solutions team, but with the inaugural Nannypalooza Oz now behind us, we’re taking a deep breath and reflecting on what we believe was a great success. It was truly an honour to be the major sponsor of the conference, enabling the spirit of Nannypalooza to come to Australia for the first time.

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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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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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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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Happy Nanny - Happy Children

Happy Nanny - Happy Children

Here at Placement solutions we believe that a happy Nanny equates to happy children and a happy home.   A nanny is not just a babysitter or a little bit of help to the family he or she is so much more than that.   A Nanny is a mother’s helper;  they are the one-on-one care for your most precious assets while you need to be at work or other such commitments.   A Nanny comes into your home to provide care and education for your children and to help keep them happy, healthy and safe.

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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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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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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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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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Is Nanny sharing for you?

Is Nanny sharing for you?

Have you started thinking about going back to work?  Have you thought about putting your child into child care?  Is there no room?  Sounds like something we hear often from a lot of parents that contact us.  There seems to be a shortage of child care centres for the ever growing Victorian population.  Many parents are turning to in-home child care agencies to help find a solution to their problem. 

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The importance of thorough reference checks

The importance of thorough reference checks

Hiring quality staff members can be quite challenging at times. Regardless of a thorough resume screening, detailed interview questions and analysis of personal behaviour during all forms of interaction will only show you one side of the person. The recruiter will hardly ever experience the applicant in a working environment. Especially when working with children it can be a difficult situation since we as recruiters don’t have children on hand to see the interaction of applicants with children during interviews. The difference between presenting at an interview and caring for pre-school aged children is also quite huge. Needless to say, we need to hire good quality staff and ensure that they perform as Nanny to the highest of our standards.

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A Nanny is more affordable than you think.

A Nanny is more affordable than you think.

Everyone would love to have a Nanny in their home - that extra pair of hands to help you out.  A Nanny can bring a huge amount of assistance and knowledge to your family, as well the advantage of having a one on one interaction regarding your child’s development that cannot always happen in a day care setting.   We know what you’re thinking; “how can I ever afford a nanny?”  Well we’re here to tell you that this is actually possible for a majority of families.  Government assistance and rebates are available to most families and at Placement Solutions we can help you access these facilities.

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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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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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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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Grandparenting and Nannying Today

I will soon become a grandmother for the first time – an exciting prospect.    Like most expectant grandparents I look forward to being able to dote on my grandchild without having to take on the onerous responsibilities and sleeplessness of parenthood.   I did feel well prepared, too – at least until my daughter, the mother-to-be, asked me whether I would attend a ‘preparation for grandparenting’ class with her. 

 

 

 

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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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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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Why You Should Nanny Through An Agency.

Why You Should Nanny Through An Agency.

7 Reasons to Nanny Through an Agency Rather than Going it Alone

If you were to believe the nannies portrayed in fiction, the job of the nanny is as simple as child control. A bit of well chosen discipline and everyone will happy, at least by the time the closing credits roll. Unfortunately in the real world things aren’t so simple. The nanny’s job can be demanding in a number of areas that go well beyond the actual job of caring for young children.

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