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Placement Solutions takes the lead on child protection

I have to admit to feeling quite proud on August 9 when we launched our new Child Protection Policy and accompanying booklet. Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Child Protection Policy and Booklet launched

Placement Solutions Takes The Lead On Child Protection

I have to admit to feeling quite proud on August 9 when we launched our new ChildProtection Policy and accompanying booklet. We are, as far as I am aware, the first agency of our kind in Australia to document such a policy.

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Presentation at Productivity Commission into Child Care at Melbourne hearings August 19 th,2014

Today Placement Solutions  was pleased to speak to  our submission to the Australian Productivity Commission Into Childcare. As CEO and original owner and operator of the business, I spoke to 4 main  points, two of which concerned the Australian Nanny industry in general  and two that are specific to In home care.

A summary of the speech is thus;

 

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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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Nannies in the USA

Nannies in the USA

An Australian perspective following on from the conference of the International Nanny Association in Las Vegas.

Following on from Louise’s article last month focusing on legallynanny.com and 4nannytaxes.com, both of which we met at the INA conference, I thought this month I would talk a little bit about what I learnt about the Nanny industry in the USA as a whole during my time in Las Vegas. As Louise mentioned, the industry in America is enormous. There are thousands and thousands of Nannies working in a whole range of situations.

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Australia's First International Nanny of the Year Finalist

Australia's First International Nanny of the Year Finalist

Clare Carlisle Stranger and the INA Conference

The International Nanny Association (INA) conference in the United States is over for another year. The conference was enormously successful again, not least for Placement Solutions as we introduced Clare Carlisle Stranger, our inaugural Nanny of the Year and our first nomination for the association’s international Nanny of the Year award.

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PANDA Announces Placement Solutions as New Sponsor

PANDA Announces Placement Solutions as New Sponsor

The Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) announced Placement Solutions as a new sponsor for 2014-15.

 

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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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What types of childcare are available?

Here are our views.

http://www.thebabyproject.com.au/2014/05/bringing-up-baby-your-childcare-options-explained/

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Owned and run by the original owner,operator

We are proudly owned and operated by the original operator, Louise Dunham.The company is now in its 26 th year and going strongly with the help of the 9 office staff and our new General Manager, Andrew McLorinan.

 

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Save the date - Carer Professional Development

This is an exclusive invitation for Placement Solutions carers to attend our upcoming Professional Development training day.

Saturday August 9th -9.15am-1.00pm

 

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How to entertain the kids (cheaply) during the winter school holidays: top twelve tips from the nannies

School holidays often provide an excellent opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their children… nevertheless everyone can also go a little stir-crazy!

With their years of experience in entertaining children all day, the nannies (in-home childcarers) at Government-approved agency Placement Solutions have put together their top twelve tips to make the most of school holidays in Melbourne, without going broke.

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Placement Solutions supports VAMCHN

Placement Solutions supports VAMCHN

Placement Solutions supported the Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN) bi annual conference in Bendigo on the 27th of June 2014.

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Women in Medicine

Placement Solutions was proud to sponsor the Women in Medicine event from the AMA.

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Successful Nanny Sharing

One of the things I often hear people say about hiring a Nanny is that it is “only for the rich”.  While it is obviously true that using in-home childcare will be more expensive than using a childcare centre, the benefits of a Nanny can be made more accessible when a Nanny is shared.

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Wot's in a name?

“Wot’s in a name,” she sez? Some common sense, please.  Remember when ‘human resources’ was called ‘personnel’? When ‘team members’ and ‘associates’ in department stores were called, simply, ‘staff’? Over the years the names of many jobs have been changed in an attempt to improve perceptions of them. Sometimes these changes makes sense, but sometimes they do nothing but cause unnecessary confusion.

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Melbourne Nannies are not just baby sitters.attend back to basics professional development.

It was very refreshing to hear the two speakers at our first professional development seminar of the year, which we held last month. Both were down-to-earth and keen to bust some of the myths that have grown up around childcare. Our Melbourned based nannies at Placement Solutions are not just babysitters. We pride ouselves on the professional development we run and the quality of the nannies we attract as a consequence. Better nannies make for better quality childcare all round and the nanny services we offer across Melbourne are exemplary.

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Commission of Audit advocates for simpler system

The Commission of Audit has recommended...

“the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit be replaced with a single, means-tested payment reimbursing parents for a proportion of their child care costs”.

 

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Carer Professional development at Placement Solutions

Placement Solutions is proud to announce its latest and next professional development day for its highly valued carers.

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Commission of audit looks at reforming child care benefits

The ABC program 7.30 recently discussed child care. The program focussed on the disincentives to return to work, the Productivity Commission inquiry into child care and the prospective review of the childcare payments system. 

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Grattan Institute highlights the Canadian system

Grattan Institute highlights the Canadian system

In a submission to the Productivity Commission the Grattan Institute has highlighted the Canadian child care tax and welfare system

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INA Conference proves invaluable

INA Conference proves invaluable

Placement Solutions Operations Manager Rachelle Teycheney reports on her recent participation in the International Nanny Association (INA) conference in Los Angeles.

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Child care not valued - The Age

The Age reports that childcare is "under valued, underpaid" in today's edition.

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Nanny of the year announced

The International Nanny of the year was announced in Los Angeles recently.

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Child wise - protecting children's futures

Child wise - protecting children's futures

Placement Solutions staff recently received training from the Child Wise organisation to help our staff identify and prevent child abuse. 

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Importing child care not the answer

In the 31 March edition of the Daily Dilemma segment of the Network 10 program Studio 10, the question was asked “should we import low paid nannies from Asia?” 

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Tackle Nanny Taxes says submission

The McMillan Shakespeare Group has called for changes in the tax treatment of child care in its submission to the Productivity Commission.

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NSW says simplify the system

The NSW Government has called for the simplification of the Child Care Benefits and Child Care Rebate system in its submission to the Productivity Commission.

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Child care for corporate competitive advantage

Greater work force participation by women is seen as important for national competitive advantage and child care is a key solution but what about corporate competitive advantage?

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