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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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Summer is here!

Summer is here!

What's not to love about summer when you are coming home after work to plenty more daylight. We can really enjoy spending time with our children outside at the end of the day.

Of course, the other side of summer is that we must be mindful of the sun and its harsh UV rays. Sunscreen and hats are things we tend to forget about in the winter months when it is raining, cold and miserable, but from September onwards, we must remember to carry these with us always.

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The strange situation of our mobile devices - part 2

The strange situation of our mobile devices - part 2

Somewhere along the way, having a connected smartphone in hand seems to have become a ticket to unbridled sharing of anything and everything. If that’s your thing, that’s fine – provided the sharing relates to your private life. It is certainly not fine in a professional nannying situation.

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How to avoid hearing 'I'M BOOOORED' this holiday season!

How to avoid hearing 'I'M BOOOORED' this holiday season!

So Christmas is approaching, which can sometimes put a strain on the family budget – but the kids need to be entertained enough so that they don’t drive everyone up the wall, correct?

So how do you do this on a shoestring, as well as keeping them away from too much ‘screen-time’?

Try out some of the ideas below and let us know how you go!

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7 reasons WHY you should Nanny through an Agency

7 reasons WHY you should Nanny through an Agency

While operating as a ‘solo’ Nanny may seem an attractive idea at first – ‘being your own boss’ and all that – in practice, it can be challenging. Here are seven reasons why it is worth considering working through an agency rather than going it alone.

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Why we LOVE our Nanny!

Why we LOVE our Nanny!
There are many misconceptions about a Nanny and their job is not a ‘real job’.
Nannying is often associated with babysitting which is viewed as literally watching a baby sleep while the parents go out for the night. That is certainly NOT what a Nanny is about!
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The Strange Situation Of Our Mobile Devices

The Strange Situation Of Our Mobile Devices

The strange situation of our mobile devices - is it possible that we are doing long-term damage to our relationships with young children, and to the mental health of those children, when we allow our phones to command our attention as much or more than a child does?

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Ongoing Education Ė maintaining your Work related Skills and Professional Development

Ongoing Education Ė maintaining your Work related Skills and Professional Development

Did you know that Placement Solutions facilitates courses specialised for the Nanny Industry via our alignment with registered Training Organisation Nurture Training College - (RTO 22613)? Read on for more information...

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Back to Basics Childcare for Melbourne Nannies. Not Just Babysitters

Back to Basics Childcare for Melbourne Nannies. Not Just Babysitters

Kids need to given more scope to be themselves than is often the case. They don’t need constant organised stimulation, and parents and carers should worry less about whether they “are they learning something today’.

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FROM THE DESK OF THE CEO

FROM THE DESK OF THE CEO

In the next few weeks you may receive a postcard and/or email from us about the future of government funding for in-home child care.

We are asking you to join a campaign to ensure that federal education minister Simon Birmingham understands the importance of in-home care to those who currently access it. 

Let me give you some of the backstory...

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The importance of researching the company before your interview

The importance of researching the company before your interview

So, can you tell me what attracted you to our company?

Are you prepared to answer this question during a job interview? 

All too often candidates turn up for an interview dressed to impress and prepared to answer questions about themselves, but balk when the conversation turns to the company itself.

Here are some key facts of why researching the company is SO crucial before your interview

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Activities with the kids - Family Days at Collingwood Childrens' Farm

Activities with the kids - Family Days at Collingwood Childrens' Farm

Every first Sunday of the month, the Collingwood Children’s Farm, located by Melbourne's quaint Yarra river, is hosting a special day for the whole family.

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Activities with the kids - ACMI family Sundays

Activities with the kids - ACMI family Sundays

Looking for some free family fun on the weekend? Come out to ACMI as they’re hosting a series of kids friendly activities every first Sunday of the month.

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Activities with the kids - Royal Melbourne Show

Activities with the kids - Royal Melbourne Show

Running out of ideas on what to do with the family these school holidays? Come and check out the annual Royal Melbourne Show!

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What do we typically learn at a Placement Solutions Professional Development Day for nannies?

What do we typically learn at a Placement Solutions Professional Development Day for nannies?

(and why is continuous learning so important to career nannies?)

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Small joys with a small boy

Small joys with a small boy

One of the drawbacks of running a nanny agency the size of ours is that these days I rarely spend any hands-on time with the people who are the reason for our existence: young children. Thankfully I do have the privilege of looking after my grandson, who has just turned two, on a regular basis. 

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7 Things to ask your Nanny before you engage them

7 Things to ask your Nanny before you engage them

Are you about to begin interviewing Nannies? We have just the thing to get you started

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The importance of a good reference

The importance of a good reference

A good reference could be the deciding factor when an employer narrows down the field to a few potential candidates. Here are a few tips to ensure your references get you that dream job.

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Interview Etiquette

Interview Etiquette

Knowing proper job interview etiquette is an important part of successful interviewing.

How you dress, what you bring to a job interview, how you greet the interviewer, and how you communicate can ALL make a big difference in the outcome of the interview. These top tips will help you cover everything you need to know to successfully ace your next job interview.

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Struggling to keep up with all your household duties?

Struggling to keep up with all your household duties?

Household Chores – who really gets time to do these? Especially in winter! Are you finding it REALLY difficult to keep on top of the washing, ironing and organising?

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Understanding How Your Rebates Work For Your Family

Understanding How Your Rebates Work For Your Family

So you’ve registered for Childcare Benefit and found out you’re eligible to receive Childcare Rebates (CCR) & Childcare Benefit (CCB) for childcare services utilised from Centrelink...

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An Instagram Mother's Truth bomb

An Instagram Mother's Truth bomb

Babies spew on you. OK. When I had my first child, I was prepared for that.

What I wasn't prepared for was the feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, the anxiety and self-doubt that would follow me around for the entire first year (and beyond!).

This post aims to de-bunk what I affectionately (?) term as the glamourous ‘Insta-MUM’ myth.

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