One of the best pieces of advice I can give to a nanny starting in a new placement is to have a resource box or bag/s. It doesn’t have to have expensive items in it, but it should be relevant to the children you are currently working with.... read more
One of the best avenues that is generally forgotten is the good old ‘it’s not what know, it’s who you know’ theory. Word of mouth or referrals are one of the most underused resource an applicant has... however, used correctly can maximise your opportunities greatly.... read more
I don’t often read my horoscope though I did notice the other day that it said something about not assuming everyone around you is on the same page. This is actually sound advice, particularly when it comes to talking about child care.... read more
For YEARS we’ve heard that in BUSINESS you need to work ‘smarter, not harder’. But this week we are pondering, why on earth do we not seem to adopt this approach in our personal lives too??... read more
Have you ever stood back and looked at your home and wondered how you’re ever going to get through cleaning up and organizing everything?... read more
In a time where we are often online 24/7 with several platforms to get news, communicate with friends and colleagues and to share information, the question of our online presentation is almost as important as our actual real presence.... read more
One aspect of greatest concern to us, is the widespread misconception that hiring an au pair is an effective way of saving money on child care.... read more
Knowing what to expect when you have a newborn helps to ease the anxiety that every new parent feels and gives confidence to help you bond with your new baby.... read more
The responsibility for maintaining your Professional competencies is yours, so please review this annually and stay compliant with the industry standards.... read more
As we approach the end of the financial year we are prompting our Nannies to be aware of some Government-based changes that will potentially affect them.... read more
As a parent we all know the feeling of never having enough time in the day. Whether it’s taking a pottery class, doing yoga or running on a treadmill, having a time out gives you the chance to recharge your batteries.... read more
My thirteen years as a teacher, along with having my own child, pointed me towards the guiding principle of keeping children safe, happy and healthy – a principal that remains unchanged all these years later.... read more
“Between deadlines and financial responsibilities, school runs and household duties, caring for loved ones of all ages and intimate relationships, our lives can be demanding.” – Dr Libby Weaver... read more
The first impression any new employer will have is your resume. And of course you want the first impression to be a good one.... read more
Many families don’t realise that we provide more than just in-home child care. We also provide Household Management services.
So ‘What is a household manager?’, we hear you ask. It’s true that household management is a widely misunderstood service.... read more
1988. 30 years ago. The world’s population was just on five billion (it’s now 7.6 billion). Bob Hawke was Australia’s prime minister in our bicentenary year, Home and Away aired for the first time, ‘I Should be so Lucky’ was a number-one hit for Kylie Minogue, Rain Man topped the movie box office and Nintendo released the first Gameboy.... read more
Asking questions throughout your whole placement process is crucial for ensuring you understand everything you need.
Here are some important questions to ask to be successful in your role!... read more
1. Not all Nannies are created equal. Don’t rush your decision, just because you need help NOW.... read more
As a Nanny, it is important that you keep up to date with the growing interests of the children you care for.
When interviewing with a family, if the children are present during the interview, it can be an ideal opportunity for you to ask the children some questions about themselves and get to know them.
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Job interviews can be a daunting experience and can leave you feeling very stressed and anxious. Of course, you want to do your best and impress the interviewer with your skills and attributes without letting your nerves take the better of you.
Following these simple steps will help you boost your confidence levels in preparation for your interview.... read more
What's not to love about summer when you are coming home after work to plenty more daylight. We can really enjoy spending time with our children outside at the end of the day.
Of course, the other side of summer is that we must be mindful of the sun and its harsh UV rays. Sunscreen and hats are things we tend to forget about in the winter months when it is raining, cold and miserable, but from September onwards, we must remember to carry these with us always.... read more
Somewhere along the way, having a connected smartphone in hand seems to have become a ticket to unbridled sharing of anything and everything. If that’s your thing, that’s fine – provided the sharing relates to your private life. It is certainly not fine in a professional nannying situation.... read more
So Christmas is approaching, which can sometimes put a strain on the family budget – but the kids need to be entertained enough so that they don’t drive everyone up the wall, correct?
So how do you do this on a shoestring, as well as keeping them away from too much ‘screen-time’?
Try out some of the ideas below and let us know how you go!... read more
While operating as a ‘solo’ Nanny may seem an attractive idea at first – ‘being your own boss’ and all that – in practice, it can be challenging. Here are seven reasons why it is worth considering working through an agency rather than going it alone.... read more
The strange situation of our mobile devices - is it possible that we are doing long-term damage to our relationships with young children, and to the mental health of those children, when we allow our phones to command our attention as much or more than a child does?... read more
Did you know that Placement Solutions facilitates courses specialised for the Nanny Industry via our alignment with registered Training Organisation Nurture Training College - (RTO 22613)? Read on for more information...... read more
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’.... read more
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...... read more
So, can you tell me what attracted you to our company?
Are you prepared to answer this question during a job interview?
All too often candidates turn up for an interview dressed to impress and prepared to answer questions about themselves, but balk when the conversation turns to the company itself.
Here are some key facts of why researching the company is SO crucial before your interview... read more