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What to look for in a Nanny agency!

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There are up to 40 Nanny agencies in Melbourne, so how do you choose the right one? Narrow it down by applying our five non-negotiables.

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Important progress on the employment status of Nanny/Educators

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We are finally starting to see some progress in the ongoing battle for all Nanny/Educators to be treated legally when it comes to their pay and entitlements, and for a level playing field for Nanny agencies.

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Nanny or Daycare: Which Suits My Family Better?

Nanny or Daycare: Which Suits My Family Better

What type of childcare do you want to provide for your kids? It's one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make

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Tully and the realities of a Newborn Care Specialist at night

Tully and the realities of a Newborn Care Specialist at night

Few movies capture the realities of the first weeks with a new baby better than Tully.

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Further Study Ė Is It For You?

Further Study Ė Is It For You?

New guidelines from the Department of Education are that the minimum qualification for all “In-Home Carers” have a Certificate 3 in Early childhood Education and care for any rebated care roles. 

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Nanny Resource Box/Bag

Nanny Resource Box/Bag

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to a Nanny starting in a new placement is to have a resource box or bag/s. It doesn’t have to have expensive items in it, but it should be relevant to the children you are currently working with. 

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Referrals- why not use them?

Referrals- why not use them?

One of the best avenues that is generally forgotten is the good old ‘it’s not what know, it’s who you know’ theory. Word of mouth or referrals are one of the most underused resource an applicant has... however, used correctly can maximise your opportunities greatly. 

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Dreaming big on the future of child care

Dreaming big on the future of child care

I don’t often read my horoscope though I did notice the other day that it said something about not assuming everyone around you is on the same page. This is actually sound advice, particularly when it comes to talking about child care.

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Outsourcing is not a dirty word...

Outsourcing is not a dirty word...

For YEARS we’ve heard that in BUSINESS you need to work ‘smarter, not harder’. But this week we are pondering, why on earth do we not seem to adopt this approach in our personal lives too??

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Too much clutter, not enough time?

Too much clutter, not enough time?

Have you ever stood back and looked at your home and wondered how you’re ever going to get through cleaning up and organizing everything? 

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Is your Social Media Job-Ready?

Is your Social Media Job-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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We Need to Talk About Au Pairs

We Need to Talk About Au Pairs

One aspect of greatest concern to us, is the widespread misconception that hiring an au pair is an effective way of saving money on child care.

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Expecting a baby? A Newborn Care Specialist can assist.

Expecting a baby? A Newborn Care Specialist can assist.

Knowing what to expect when you have a newborn helps to ease the anxiety that every new parent feels and gives confidence to help you bond with your new baby.

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Maintaining your Professional Development

Maintaining your Professional Development

The responsibility for maintaining your Professional competencies is yours, so please review this annually and stay compliant with the industry standards.

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New In-Home Childcare Guidelines

New In-Home Childcare Guidelines

As we approach the end of the financial year we are prompting our Nannies to be aware of some Government-based changes that will potentially affect them.

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The Importance of Looking after You

The Importance of Looking after You

As a parent we all know the feeling of never having enough time in the day. Whether it’s taking a pottery class, doing yoga or running on a treadmill, having a time out gives you the chance to recharge your batteries. 

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Itís our 30th anniversary!

Itís our 30th anniversary!

My thirteen years as a teacher, along with having my own child, pointed me towards the guiding principle of keeping children safe, happy and healthy – a principal that remains unchanged all these years later.

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What is Rushing Womanís Syndrome and How is it Affecting Us?

What is Rushing Womanís Syndrome and How is it Affecting Us?

“Between deadlines and financial responsibilities, school runs and household duties, caring for loved ones of all ages and intimate relationships, our lives can be demanding.” – Dr Libby Weaver

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Overhaul your Resume - The importance of a good CV!!

Overhaul your Resume - The importance of a good CV!!

The first impression any new employer will have is your resume. And of course you want the first impression to be a good one.

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The Many Benefits of a Household Manager

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Many families don’t realise that we provide more than just in-home child care. We also provide Household Management services.

So ‘What is a household manager?’, we hear you ask. It’s true that household management is a widely misunderstood service.

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It's our 30th Anniversary!

It's our 30th Anniversary!

1988. 30 years ago. The world’s population was just on five billion (it’s now 7.6 billion). Bob Hawke was Australia’s prime minister in our bicentenary year, Home and Away aired for the first time, ‘I Should be so Lucky’ was a number-one hit for Kylie Minogue, Rain Man topped the movie box office and Nintendo released the first Gameboy.

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The importance of asking the RIGHT questions

The importance of asking the RIGHT questions

Asking questions throughout your whole placement process is crucial for ensuring you understand everything you need.

Here are some important questions to ask to be successful in your role!

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What most parents donít know about having a Nanny!

What most parents donít know about having a Nanny!

1. Not all Nannies are created equal. Don’t rush your decision, just because you need help NOW. 

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Interviewing the Children

Interviewing the Children

As a Nanny, it is important that you keep up to date with the growing interests of the children you care for.

When interviewing with a family, if the children are present during the interview, it can be an ideal opportunity for you to ask the children some questions about themselves and get to know them.

 

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5 ways to calm your nerves before your job interview

5 ways to calm your nerves before your job interview

Job interviews can be a daunting experience and can leave you feeling very stressed and anxious. Of course, you want to do your best and impress the interviewer with your skills and attributes without letting your nerves take the better of you.

Following these simple steps will help you boost your confidence levels in preparation for your interview.

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