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Trying to be the perfect nanny all the time is exhausting. Whether it's you or the kids, the chances of something going wrong are overwhelming. But at least we can laugh at the situations we get ourselves into, right? Right...? Read on for our nine hilarious and embarrassing real-life nanny confessions.   "It's an 'F' word" I had one charge, Daniel, who was very keen on trying to shock the adults around him. He made it...
Working as a nanny, 9 things nannies wish their employers knew. Interestingly, many people outside assume that the nanny job is all about the kids. In reality, it’s equally (or sometimes more) about the parents, the family, the employer. A good employer can make your work life wonderful, a real pleasure. A bad one can make your workplace miserable, even if the children are angels. With this in mind, Jobs in Childcare...
Today, we chatted with a Norland male nanny about his education with the famous Norland college. Introducing Ike Robin ( @the_manny_life_of_ike) , a manny training at Norland College! Read on to find out more! Hi Ike! Please can you tell us, how did you first get interested in working in childcare?  When I was growing up I always said to myself that I want a career based around making people happy and inspiring lives,...
If you're a VIP nanny, birthdays and Christmas present a common conundrum. The children in wealthy families seem to have everything they need at an early age. So if you’re working as a governess, nanny, tutor or governor this can make birthdays, Christmas and special occasions something of an issue. How do I find them something thoughtful that they don’t have already? Something that the parents will look at and nod, because...
What is a Chiltern nanny? How are they trained at Chiltern College? Hello Sophie! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?   Hi, I'm Sophie ( @spoonful_of_sophie )! I’m 27 years old and I currently live with my partner in our home in a beautiful Cambridgeshire village.  I qualified as a nanny after two years at the Chiltern Nanny College, just two weeks shy...
Au Pair Pros and Cons, Pay and Future Career - Is a Job as an Au Pair Worth It? If you like taking care of the school-aged kids, want to go to another country to learn a new culture and improve your English, being an au pair is totally worth it. However, you have to do light housekeeping and work for 30 hours per week for 'pocket money'. In this blog post, we will explain what an au pair is, what duties are included and the...
This week we interviewed Roisin Conroy, a VIP nanny/ governess living and working in the Cayman Islands. So if you want to know what it's like working a governess job in paradise, read on! Roisin, your job in the Cayman Islands looks fabulous. But how did you first get interested in working in childcare? I have always had a passion and love for children. I had a somewhat unorthodox hotel upbringing which resulted in my being...
Ever wondered what life looks like when you are a travel nanny? Wonder no more, introducing Amy Bryant - The Suitcase Nanny! Hello Amy! First of all - please could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background and how you became a traveling nanny? Hey! I’m Amy Bryant, a travel nanny expert also known as The Suitcase Nanny. I’m 26 years old and have been caring for children since I was 9. A little about...
How has working with kids changed you? Childcare jobs can be a calling for those with abundant patience, a lot of love to give and a desire to make a difference. A  governess job  isn’t always easy, but there is perhaps nothing more rewarding for a nanny, governor, governess or tutor, than seeing the positive effects you can have on a child’s life. BUT if you work as a nanny job or as a governess you...
Babies between the ages of 6 months and 12 months start sporting toothy grins and pearly whites. Teething often begins as early as 2-months-old. Your child may have disrupted sleep, an increased need to gnaw, and fussiness. Teething may also lead to excessive drooling, which might result in a teething rash.  During teething, an erupting tooth can stimulate excess saliva, which may irritate the skin and cause red splotches and bumps....
Many nannies in all nanny jobs dream of filling top nanny job vacancies, working for celebrity and VIP clients. However, finding nanny jobs in this sector is far from just a walk in the park. While celebrity families are the same as average families, when looking for a full-time nanny for their kids, social status means they have a greater concern for the security and safety of their children.  Being a celebrity or...
Money: Managing a Sensitive Family Subject    As a working or aspiring nanny, you’re in a unique position. You’re a professional—and yet, you’re also exposed to far more personal details of your employers’ lives than other professionals will be. Chances are, you’re going to see your employers in their bathrobes and slippers, with unkempt hair, and before they’ve had their morning...