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Summer is here!

Summer is here!

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.

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The strange situation of our mobile devices - part 2

The strange situation of our mobile devices - part 2

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.

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How to avoid hearing 'I'M BOOOORED' this holiday season!

How to avoid hearing 'I'M BOOOORED' this holiday season!

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!

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7 reasons WHY you should Nanny through an Agency

7 reasons WHY you should Nanny through an Agency

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.

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Why we LOVE our Nanny!

Why we LOVE our Nanny!
There are many misconceptions about a Nanny and their job is not a ‘real job’.
Nannying is often associated with babysitting which is viewed as literally watching a baby sleep while the parents go out for the night. That is certainly NOT what a Nanny is about!
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The Strange Situation Of Our Mobile Devices

The Strange Situation Of Our Mobile Devices

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?

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Ongoing Education – maintaining your Work related Skills and Professional Development

Ongoing Education – maintaining your Work related Skills and Professional Development

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...

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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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The importance of researching the company before your interview

The importance of researching the company before your interview

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

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Activities with the kids - Family Days at Collingwood Childrens' Farm

Activities with the kids - Family Days at Collingwood Childrens' Farm

Every first Sunday of the month, the Collingwood Children’s Farm, located by Melbourne's quaint Yarra river, is hosting a special day for the whole family.

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Activities with the kids - ACMI family Sundays

Activities with the kids - ACMI family Sundays

Looking for some free family fun on the weekend? Come out to ACMI as they’re hosting a series of kids friendly activities every first Sunday of the month.

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Activities with the kids - Royal Melbourne Show

Activities with the kids - Royal Melbourne Show

Running out of ideas on what to do with the family these school holidays? Come and check out the annual Royal Melbourne Show!

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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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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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The importance of a good reference

The importance of a good reference

A good reference could be the deciding factor when an employer narrows down the field to a few potential candidates. Here are a few tips to ensure your references get you that dream job.

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Interview Etiquette

Interview Etiquette

Knowing proper job interview etiquette is an important part of successful interviewing.

How you dress, what you bring to a job interview, how you greet the interviewer, and how you communicate can ALL make a big difference in the outcome of the interview. These top tips will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace your next job interview.

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Struggling to keep up with all your household duties?

Struggling to keep up with all your household duties?

Household Chores – who really gets time to do these? Especially in winter! Are you finding it REALLY difficult to keep on top of the washing, ironing and organising?

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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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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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Get your Social Media Profile Job Search-Ready

Get your Social Media Profile Job Search-Ready

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.

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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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New Year – New Career

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I am not sure what it was like for you but for me 2017 kicked off with a lot of new ideas, New Year’s resolutions and a completely blank page in the book. And I am not alone. A majority of people start the New Year with a different health plan, the intention to learn a new language, make more time for sports or pick up a new hobby; all ways to make sure 2017 will be the best year so far.

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New Year, New Requirements, New care & Assistance Needed NOW!!!

New Year, New Requirements, New care & Assistance Needed NOW!!!

Are you finding the New Year has encroached too quickly and you are not ready for what 2017 has in store  as yet?  We can assist with both your child related needs and your Household needs now!

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The year in review

The year in review

‘Where did that year go?’ has become the throwaway line of this time of year. We all get to December and wonder where the year went. However taking the time to reflect on the previous twelve months can provide a different perspective and a realisation that, in fact, quite a lot has happened. This year has been a year of accomplishments great and small for Placement Solutions.

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Summer is here

Summer is here

It’s hard not to love summer and 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.

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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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