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How is a Household Manager different to a Housekeeper or a cleaner??

How is a Household Manager different to a Housekeeper or a cleaner??

Have you only ever heard of Cleaners and Housekeepers and wondering what differentiates a Household Manager to these services? Let us explain this for you.

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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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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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Phone manners matter

Phone manners matter

As important as the face-to-face interview is, your recruitment process begins a lot earlier. And while there are lots of articles out there that focus on your resume, a crucial part of the process is the first call from your potential future employer.

The recruiter is not just making a phone call to book you in for an interview, they are pre-screening you to see how you present yourself over the phone, and whether your answers are applicable and valid for the advertised position.  This is your opportunity to make a positive first impression.

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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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Christmas is coming – could you use some help with childcare?

Christmas is coming – could you use some help with childcare?

We all know how crazy the lead up to Christmas can be.  There are lists and preparations to make, shopping to do, oh and don’t forget the children! There are all the extra tasks to do and the children still need all the usual care and attention we normally supply – no reprieve there!

Have you ever considered some extra help?  What if you could leave the kids with an expert child carer while you got on with all the extras?

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AHCA Conference & AGM

AHCA, conference, childcare

The Australian Home Care Association’s (AHCA) annual conference and AGM, with educators, and representatives from in-home child care services travelling from around Australia to attend, was held in Melbourne on Friday the 2nd of September. The attendees had the opportunity of listening to keynote speakers from a range of areas related to the in-home child care sector. 

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PEACE of mind for your interview with families

PEACE of mind for your interview with families

After the thorough screening process within our recruitment department you might go for another interview with our families for them to choose the best match for their family.

Such an interview usually takes place in the family’s homes and can be quite scary.

How do you succeed in one of those interviews?

We suggest you use a PEACE approach to your interviews.

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Expecting a baby? A Newborn Care Specialist can assist.

Expecting a baby?   A Newborn Care Specialist can assist.

So you are pregnant with your first child and maybe feeling overwhelmed. You originally thought this would be a walk in the park (with a pram) and your ‘motherly instincts’ would kick in and tell you how to manage. Now the time is nearly here and you are only weeks away from having your whole life turned upside down!

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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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“Life Long Learning”- Professional Development is key!

“Life Long Learning”- Professional Development is key!

Your career is in Your hands… Professional Development experience could be what makes you more attractive to a potential employer or client, as it could give you that edge within a recruitment process.

No matter what career path we choose, what is it that makes a professional stand apart from others in the field?

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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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Get organised: hire a Household Manager

Get organised:  hire a Household Manager

One of our most misunderstood services, often forgotten in the focus on in-home child care, is the provision of Household Managers. As we have a number of very satisfied customers who use this service, we thought it might be time to give these hardworking people some attention.

It can be hard to describe what a Household Manager can do because there are just so many options.

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The benefit of referrals – Word of Mouth

The benefit of referrals – Word of Mouth

The recruitment process can be lengthy and time consuming.  In the Childcare Industry, which unfortunately still partly operates under a “cash economy”, it is easy to see why nannies don’t always see themselves as professionals and why the whole process of recruitment can seem quite daunting.

Some nannies don’t fully utilise modern recruitment platforms such as Seek or Indeed when looking for new roles and this works to their disadvantage by precluding them from many worthwhile opportunities.

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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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Know the company that you are looking to work for…

Know the company that you are looking to work for…

You have secured an interview with Placement Solutions and you feel excited about the prospects of working for the agency as a Nanny or Household Manager. But a wave of dread comes across you, what do you really know about us? How do we differ from other agencies? What can we offer you? Are we the right fit for you? So many questions fill your mind…

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Winter & School Holidays – What can I do to amuse the children?!

Winter & School Holidays – What can I do to amuse the children?!

Winter, rain and muddy puddles - This is a regular concern parents have with this time of year when you can’t just play outside, go to the park or soak up some sunshine! As much as Melbourne Winters can be graced with rare days of beautiful sunshine, the majority of it is cold, gloomy and wet! It is always good to plan ahead before you find yourself stuck for ideas and the kids nagging you in the morning causing you headaches and unnecessary stressors. Below we have listed some ideas/events of how you can amuse your children/what child friendly activities are on this June holidays!

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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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Household Managers – What are they and why do I need one?

Household Managers – What are they and why do I need one?

Here at Placement Solutions we regularly receive questions from new clients asking exactly what duties their Household Manager is able to do There is often a confusion between cleaners and housekeepers so we thought we would explain using the DEMA definitions.  DEMA is the acronym for the Domestic Estate Managers Association of which we are a proud member.

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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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The way we are … what memories are made of

The way we are … what memories are made of

Recently I’ve been helping my friend archive her old family photos for safekeeping and it got me thinking about memories.   Memories are so precious to most of us – I think you’d agree.  Especially precious are memories and photos of loved ones lost, old friends, family, good times, travel destinations and of course the reminders we keep around the home - all the “stuff” that is meaningful to us.  Apart from evoking (hopefully) pleasant memories, these pictures and tid bits also represent a good part of our history.  They tell a story about who we are, who is (or was) important in our lives, our likes and dislikes and a plethora of other information.  Sometimes, they are a talking point at dinner parties and the mere mention of a souvenir or photograph triggers a storytelling exchange between friends.

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Tips on keeping happy and healthy this Winter!

Tips on keeping happy and healthy this Winter!

With winter fast approaching we are finding ourselves slowly losing daylight, sunshine and the lovely warm days! We will soon be cooped up inside with heaters on, rugged up, hot chocolates and going stir crazy! Now is the time to start planning ahead to ensure that you have plenty of ideas to keep the children happy and ensure that they are not consistently asking for things to do! Along with the activities we need to also remember that hygiene at this time of the year is a key thing as we find, parents, nannies and children picking up all kind of flu’s and bugs that can be contagious.

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10 tips of entertaining children inside this winter!

winter activities, health, inside activities, childcare

With winter fast approaching we are finding ourselves slowly losing daylight, sunshine and the lovely warm days! We will soon be cooped up inside with heaters on, rugged up, hot chocolates and going stir crazy! Now is the time to start planning ahead to ensure that you have plenty of ideas to keep the children happy and ensure that they are not consistently asking for things to do!

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The Story of our Household Management Service

The Story of our Household Management Service

Placement Solutions today is probably best known as a nanny agency, but it wasn’t always that way. We actually started out providing a cleaning service, which eventually developed into the home management service that we offer today.

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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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Nanny Pilot hits the road

Nanny Pilot hits the road

We have hit the road running to make this pilot work! We started our travel through regional Victoria to meet with high priority families that know exactly what they require for a nanny. We are also meeting with recruitment companies in each area to ensure they are on the lookout for some great nannies with our minimum recruitment requirements.

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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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