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.
... read more
We are very proud to announce that we are the first nanny agency in Australia to have received full accreditation from Child Wise, the leading child protection advocates in the country. It has been an arduous process, two years in the making, and has included the writing of our Child Protection booklet (published in 2013), the dissection of our systems and processes and the training of all nannies at the Speak Up sessions of Professional Development.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
I know I’ve written about this before, but the imminent report to government of the Productivity Commission inquiry into future options for child care and early childhood learning has had me thinking about the issue again: the problem of the ‘underground’ cash-in-hand in-home child care industry.... read more
PLACEMENT SOLUTIONS NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2014
Reinventing the funding wheel is not the way to improve child care access.
Regular readers of this newsletter will be aware that we have been closely watching the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Childcare and Early Child Learning. We have also made submissions to the inquiry and appeared before it. The Commission released an draft report earlier this year and will soon release its final report.... read more
I’ve just returned from the Nannypalooza conference in Cleveland, Ohio with a head full of new ideas and insights. Nannypalooza is an American organisation dedicated to supporting nannies through education and networking, and I was very grateful to be invited to their conference representing an agency. Very few agencies are involved in this conference as it really is all about the nannies.... read more
An issue Doctor G has seen many modern parents grapple with is resilience. It’s so easy to do things for our kids these days, but that doesn’t mean that we should. Building resilience often means kids not automatically getting things their own way – and unfortunately when in-home child care is involved, it can be the Nanny who bears the brunt of the push-back when this happens.... read more
“No matter someone’s background – their education level, their socioeconomic resources, their culture, their religion, their language – no matter what their family looks like in a picture – everybody struggles with parenting.”... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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;
... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
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.... read more
The Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) announced Placement Solutions as a new sponsor for 2014-15.
... read more
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.... read more
Here are our views.
http://www.thebabyproject.com.au/2014/05/bringing-up-baby-your-childcare-options-explained/... read more
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.
... read more
This is an exclusive invitation for Placement Solutions carers to attend our upcoming Professional Development training day.
Saturday August 9th -9.15am-1.00pm
... read more
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.... read more
Placement Solutions supported the Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN) bi annual conference in Bendigo on the 27th of June 2014.... read more
Placement Solutions was proud to sponsor the Women in Medicine event from the AMA.... read more
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.... read more
“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.... read more
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.... read more
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”.
... read more
Placement Solutions is proud to announce its latest and next professional development day for its highly valued carers.... read more