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Between invitation call and interview Communicate, communicate, communicate

One thing that recruiters are continually asked is, what makes a good candidate. The answer to this would seem simple, one that has good experience, good qualifications and presents well. Whilst this is all true, there is also some other influencing factors that a candidate might not think about. It’s that time between having a phone interview and attending the interview that people sometimes forget about.

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The Sun is shining!

The Sun is shining!

With spring upon us and the sun shining there is no better time to get the kids outside and play in the sunshine. Of course it is important to remember to Slip on a shirt, Slop on the 30+ sunscreen, Slap on a hat, but once that is done get outside and enjoy playing with the kids.

Whether you are a mum, dad, nana, grandpa or the nanny, children love to play outdoors with you and other children, however coming up with new games to play each time can be difficult. We've listed 10 of our favourite games to play that will be fun for the big and little kids!

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Your Nanny Box

Love your job and the fun that goes together with it when playing with the children, see them develop and grow?

Do they have a favourite toy? A favourite book? Naturally it is great to utilise the material provided by the parents. On the other hand bringing your own material is a great opportunity to introduce the children to something outside the box.

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5 common mistakes when writing a resume

So you have decided to start applying for jobs after being out of the market for some time, maybe you had children and stopped working, maybe you have been working with the same company for years and have decided you need a change.  Whatever the reason you need to write a resume and you just don't know where to start.

One thing that people start doing is talking to their friends about what to do and suddenly they get all these "great tips". Unfortunately their tips might not be based on professional knowledge but personal experience.  Therefore, we have put together some common mistakes that should be avoided.

 

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Be here, be now, be mindful

With stress management, awareness and mindfulness classes being introduced in many work places we thought it is time to share our passion for a well-balanced mind with you. Moving in a fast paced world can be challenging enough for grownups but just imagine how much more information children have to work through seeing and experiencing so many situations for the first time.

While of course it is necessary for every employee including every Nanny and indeed every person to find a way to deal with stress and increasing pressure for themselves it can also be fun to explore those strategies together with children and for them it is a good skill to learn early on.

But is it really necessary for children to learn tactics to deal with stress?

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Nervous before your interview? Try these tips and be at your best.

Are you applying at the moment and faced with your first interview or do you remember your last interview?  How did you feel about it?  If you are like many of us the interview might have caused you a fair amount of excitement and nervousness, maybe even anxiety.  Do you think it influenced your performance?  Did you fail to get a good night’s sleep beforehand as you were thinking too much about the upcoming interview?  Did your voice crack?  Did you come up with your best answers after you left the room?  If so, be reassured, you are not alone.  But just because you are not alone doesn’t mean you have to be this way.  Follow our tips and tricks and ensure you are at your best for your next interview.

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Top Tips for Phone Interviews

When applying for jobs it's more than likely that you will be contact via phone prior to attending a face to face interview. Phone interviews are critical to recruiters as they assist them in short listing applicants and ensuring that the applicant meets the selection criteria.

Phone interviews can make you a little nervous and because you don't always know when you will receive the call, you may feel a little unprepared. If you follow our top tips they will assist you in being prepared and will increase your chances of getting a face to face interview.

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Interviews Matter

Of course, all of us understand that looking after children is so important that face-to-face interviews are a necessity for all nannies before they can start a job. These interviews don’t need to be with the family directly, agencies have the qualification and staff to thoroughly identify whether the position offered is suitable for you.

Unlike often perceived interviews are not only for the employer. After all it comes from the French s’entrevoir which means to see each other.  While the employer will of course see you, you will also see the employer which gives you the chance to get more information on the position and whether you can imagine committing to the job and enjoying your work. In the long run having realistic expectations at the interview and knowing what you want from a job can lead to a more fulfilling work life.

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You are professional be treated professionally

With the Nanny pilot scheme on the horizon and nannies receiving new attention we thought it is a good time to bring back to mind a fundamental truth in the in-home childcare sector. You are a professional, be treated as one. This means you should be legally employed.

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Pinky McKay shows the way at our PD day

Pinky McKay shows the way at our PD day

It was such a pleasure to welcome lactation consultant and author Pinky McKay to our professional development day last month. We had a fantastic attendance on the day and the enthusiasm was running very high as Pinky shared her wisdom with us. 

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Meet our Staff Members

Meet our Staff Members

Christine Schryver joined Placement Solutions in 2015, becoming part of the recruitment department where she sources, screens and employs the best nannies and household managers for our families.

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Dads and perinatal anxiety and depression

Dads and perinatal anxiety and depression

While we’re still trying to get the last crumbs of the Father’s Day breakfast out of the bed, we thought it would be worth reminding our readers of the phenomena of perinatal anxiety and depression (PND) in men. 

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Childcare News

Read the latest childcare news, which was sent out in our September newsletter, here...

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Professional Development Day

Our Latest PD day on the 8 th of August was a great success.

Celebrated author and parenting expert Pinky Mckay spoke about tips for settling new babies and working with toddlers. 

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AHCA Media Release - National In-Home Childcare Standards required for the Nanny Pilot Programme

David Wilson, the President of the Australian Home Childcare Association (AHCA), the peak body for the In-Home Childcare sector has called on the Government to adopt the In-Home Care National Standards for the Nanny Pilot Programme that will better ensure the safety and deliver better outcomes for children and nannies under Nanny Pilot Plan.

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Grandparenting and Nannying Today

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. 

 

 

 

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Breaking News: Child Wise Accreditation

Breaking News: Child Wise Accreditation

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.

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How To Find The Right Family Placement For You

How To Find The Right Family Placement For You

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.

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How to Successfully apply to a Premium Nanny agency

How to Successfully apply to a Premium Nanny agency

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.

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Why You Should Nanny Through An Agency.

Why You Should Nanny Through An Agency.

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.

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An uneven playing field, with plenty of risk all around

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.

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No Need To Re -invent the funding wheel

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.

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Highlights from Nannypalooza

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.

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Working together to change behaviour

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.

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Getting the behaviour you and your Nanny would like

“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.”

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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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