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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
6:56 am
Nannys Helping Hand
Hello Nannies!

There is a new online magazine coming out (first issue 1st July 2008) called Nannys Helping Hand. It's for nannies, written by nannies.

Checkout the website if you are interested in contributing or subscribing:

There is also a facebook group:
Nannys Helping Hand magazine

Sorry about the cross-posting, just trying to get the word around :o)

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
3:28 pm
Xmas gift idea's
I'm undecided on what to get the children i nanny for as Christmas presents.

4 kids in total: Two 21mnth boys, 3yo girl & 4yo boy.

At first i was thinking of getting them something they could experience (ie: zoo / aqaurium pass, kiddie concert etc), but after i looked into it i realised that for most of these things kids under 5 are free!

I already know that i'll definately get each of them a story book (they all love stories) and will have no probs choosing a story for each of them. As for the rest of the gift, i'm stumped!

I'm not big on DVD's, i would much rather give something interactive, educational and fun. (I only use DVD's as a 15min distraction while i prepare lunch / dinner etc)

What are you getting the kids you care for??

...and what about the parents?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
11:43 am
I just created a new community for nannies, hopefully this one will be hella active! 

It's not nearly as pretty as it soon will be, I'm having issues with customization right now.

However, I want anyone and everyone who is a nanny to join, and will try to make it as fun and open as possible for everyone!

It's a private community, so you will have to submit a request for permission to join, but that's just to safeguard us against folks who are unsavory!

All users must be over the age of 16, because of cussing which is allowed and such. I know the frustrations of being a nanny, as I am one also, and sometimes you just need to blow off steam and talk to someone who knows what you're going through!



Hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
8:59 pm
What do you think of Baby Sign? x-posted
OK, so most of you know that i am a nanny for two 18mnth old boys, 3yo girl and 4yo boy (yes my days are busy! although generally the 4yo is at preschool)

One of the 18mnth old babies is coming along quiet nicely with his words and regularly uses quiet a few (Mama, Dada, Max (the cats name), Julie (my name), more, bubbles, yellow, gum nut etc)
The other 18mnth old has only recently began saying what may be "Mama" and thats really about all at the moment. His hearing and comprehension are fine, he can hear what you say to him and definately understands (eg: if i ask him if he would like some milk / more food he will either nod or shake his head etc)

I was wondering if his parents may be interested in teachng him some baby sign to help bridge the communication gap. It may also encourage/motivate him to begin learn/use his words to go with the signs.

My concern is... I've been working in child care for about 5yrs now and in my experience it can be a very sensitive topic speaking to parents about something that is not happening yet (ie: a delay, but i try not to use that word). Some parents can get very offended with suggestions and topics like these even if you're trying to help. I would hate to offend the family that i work for. If they take what i say the wrong way they may think i am trying to suggest he has a disability or something, which he doesn't (like i said he can hear and comprehend things fine, he's just a bit behind with his speech and this could help him be understood). They're very open to suggestions about anything and i doubt they would take any offence but i would hate to jepordise the great job i have now!

Should i ask them about baby sign?

...Thanks if you even read this far!!

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, August 13th, 2007
9:10 pm
Overnight stays (x-posted)
I have been working with a family since Feb 07 and am very comfortable with both the parents and the children.
Tonight as i was leaving i joked with the 3yo girl that i would be staying the whole night at her house. Overhearing this the dad took the opportunity to ask me if was open to the idea of spending a night with the kids if they (the parents) went away for a night. This is completely fine with me and i have done it before in babysitting type situations for other families.

My question to you guys is what would you charge for an overnight stay with a 3yo girl and a 17mnth old boy?

Like i said, i have been working with them 10hr/day (Mon & Tues) since Feb 07. My current wage is $21/hr AUD (which converts to approx $8.80/hr GBP for those of you in the UK) and obviously it would not be worth there while to pay me an hourly wage at that rate for an overnight stay, so i was wondering what others feels would be an appropriate 'set ammount' for any overnight stay?

Thanks for you help!

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
2:58 pm
Is anyone out there?
Hi my name is Julie, i'm a nanny in Australia.

...I thought i found a great community but by the looks of it no one uses it anymore :o(

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
1:17 pm
bad news
I am here to tell you that when being an au pair doesn't work it REALLY DOESN'T WORK!
Please go to my journal for full details and in the meantime is there anyone in the UK who can help me out? Soon I'll need a place to stay temporarily, didn't someone post a link to people who are willing to let you stay with them briefly all around the world? Maybe I could find someone there to just have a place to breathe while I catch my breath!
Friday, January 21st, 2005
12:46 pm
Hello Nannies!

I have some tax-related questions:

How many of you report your income and pay taxes in the country you work in and/or your country of origin?

Did you decide to do this on your own, or at the insistence of your employer? How did you address the topic?

If you do pay tax, would you have worked under the table if your employer had asked?

If you don't, would you if your employer asked?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
1:02 pm
New job...
Well for the last few mornings I've been taking my new charges to school...it's not been too bad. Today was a bit of a palava as we had arguements and then one of them fell down a hill so we had tears and that of corse meant they were late for school but...hey ho.

This afternoon I have my first afternoon session with them, which will be good as all they've seen of me is me nagging them to get ready for school on time!
Thursday, January 13th, 2005
3:09 pm
Ok, well I guess I'd better start by introducing myself! I live and work in Brighton and I have 3 charges, an 8 yr old boy and 5 yr old and 10 yr old girls. I do before and after school care for them. I've been nannying on and off since 2000, as I've been at university for most of that time. I love working with kids and get a lot of satisfaction from the job!
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