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 on: April 06, 2017, 11:46:32 PM 
Started by carolina2014xXXx - Last post by MiniMe
It sounds like you are very attached to the little girl and will do anything for her. It's very hard as a nanny not to become so attached but she is the mother's child and if the mother is making decisions such as having this other nanny then so be it.
Have you tried to talk to the mother about the situation when you collect the little girl from the other nanny? Be careful as a lot of it could simply be to do with the culture of where you are and that is just the way it is. Would you have a solution for the mother instead of the child going to this other nanny? Could you look after the child instead?
At the end of the day though, it is a job. As hard as that sounds. I would advise you to look after yourself. Think of your own feelings, your future. If you feel the child is being neglected (neglect is a big word - is strapping a child into a chair for hours on end neglect?) then you need to do something about this but be careful how you go about it - keep very good notes, photos, etc., like a daily diary if you need to in case you need to take anything further, and to protect yourself. Think about what you want from this situation, what you can change without overstepping the professional line. Do you communicate well with the mother? Single parents often feel vulnerable so maybe work on communication and involvement with her in a way that empowers her too. You sound like you are doing a good job otherwise. x

 on: April 05, 2017, 02:45:04 AM 
Started by carolina2014xXXx - Last post by carolina2014xXXx
Hi dear friends and nannies,

i am just wondering if somebody could give me an advice as presently very close to give my notice. Working for a single mother since nearly 18 months, first in temporary contract then until she will be 18:-) but clear was, from the beginning, that the little one would go to a second nanny in the morning and then i would make the afternoons and evenings or nights.
Now, from the beginning of sharing this role, i was not happy with the choice as the morning nanny is at home with 4 other children ( the reason why the mother wanted this, as i was not living in the country and just came for caring for the little one and of course, resident nannies with children are a good solution) but it is a small apartment and she never goes out with the children, the radio is playing very loud on the terrace - just to hear if you are coming along the street - and inside the TV is on the whole day. We are on a Caribbean island, it is hot and every time i pick up the little one, she is sweaty - no AR there - very excited because she did not move that much in the 6 hours and is strapped in the transat although she is now 18 months and loves to walk and to explore the world and that is what we are doing in our time together. I started caring for her, she was 6 weeks old and we are a heart and soul. Now , she got sick very often the last times and because of my own experiences with my children and my nanny experience worldwide since over 17 years, i feel what is wrong or good and if the other nanny says : it is a dry cold and i say , it is a very deep cough, so the mother waits and then after the baby is getting over 40 degrees fever, we run in urgency to the doctor and she has a bronchitis with angina .....the same now with her little pop - sorry do not know the exact name - which is for me , since the beginning a pilin infection *mushroom? and not the common teething. The doctor confirmed this also but after 1 week the mother changed the creams, saying now, it is ok and now it is worse as tonight, even the water was hurting her and when she screams or needs help....she wants to be with me. So i guess, it is also a very big problem but believe me, i do everything to let the mother be involved and go in the background when she appears and encourage all the time the little girl to go to her mother and she refuses all. So now, i feel between 2 chairs, the mother and the other nanny and although i love this little one, i feel, i cannot manage it anymore. Please let me know your thoughts. I am happy to share more information as surely i miss the wood for the trees.....Thanks to all, for your patience to read this and to take the time to answer.

 on: April 03, 2017, 04:57:54 AM 
Started by EllaMoo75 - Last post by MiniMe
MCI (London) do online, as well as attendance. Level 3/4 is pretty much the same course with more in depth required for Level 4. It's quite a bit of work - they say 16 hours a week but is doable. You can go on to do/finish the foundation degree (Level 5) and then onto the top up degree afterwards. Level 5 is going to be online too, though you need to do 4 attendance days at the start of each semester. To get the full Level 3/4 diploma you need to do 400 hours teaching practice, a 2 week workshop, and finish the entire course within 2 years. I'm doing the Level 4 online with them currently and am really enjoying it.

 on: April 03, 2017, 02:00:47 AM 
Started by Charlotte_D - Last post by Charlotte_D
Hello, are there any nannies in the Webridge area looking for play dates / coffee meet ups in spare time.
I am 29, full time for two boys 8 and 6.

 on: March 26, 2017, 11:46:49 PM 
Started by helcal - Last post by helcal
NannyPalooza UK - where fun and learning meet
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017

A conference created for nannies

Your registration includes: 
Arrival Tea and Coffee Break an Mid Morning Tea on Saturday
Lunch Saturday
Arrival Tea and Coffee Break and Mid Morning Tea on Sunday
6 workshops with 2 choices in most time slots
Networking, fun and more! 
Nannypalooza is known for it's inclusive and welcoming atmosphere. Our workshops have a "learn it today, use it tomorrow" philosophy so you will head back to work with loads of inspiration and new ideas. 
Affordable, high quality training
Regular Registration      149  from March 2nd through October 31st 
Late Registration           229   from Nov 1st as space allows

Kathryn Mewes Channel 4's Three day Nanny will be the keynote speaker.

The Truth About Teething
Oral Care for Infants and Under Fives

Schemas and the characteristics of effective learning
To provide delegates with a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in schematic exploration and how these link directly to how children become engaged and sustained in their self chosen activities.
Course outline:
*Schemas and the links with the characteristics of effective learning
*Understanding schema concepts
*Understanding How children use their exploratory play as a starting point to extend their schematic explorations
*Extending children's investigations so that they can be represented symbolically
*Developing children's schematic interests in cause and effect
*Developing and extending children's language and thought through schema
Delegates will learn how to:
Support children's development particularly in how they represent their actions and symbolic ideas, thought and action through using all of their senses to find out about the things that interest them.
Audience: practitioners working in the field on early years with children aged 0-7 years.

Singing and Musical Activities to Support Communication and Language Development.
Aims and objectives - Delegates will have opportunities to:
*Explore how music can be used to support the development of language and communication.
*Learn songs and activities to explore the important role that music can play in the development of language and communication.
*Be involved practically in this workshop style session and have an opportunity to look at film footage of children communicating through musical play and the use of musical instruments.
Audience: All Early Childhood Educators

Bringing Home Baby: Supporting The Family Through This Transition
Bringing home a newborn is a fun and exciting time, but when there are siblings in the home, it also can be a challenging time for both parents and nannies. In this workshop, we will take a look at best practices to ensure minimal stress and maximum success for families with an older sibling (and pets!) as the "bump" becomes a real-life baby that is not "going back".

Positive Discipline- Practical Tools for Nanny.

The Pre Schooler Fussy Eating Epidemic: NOT An Insurmountable Problem!

Fussy eating expert Natasha Gavin of I Know Why It's Yum, Mum! ( has worked with thousands of young children over the last 5 years, including on a 1-2-1 basis with many children (3-10 yrs old) with 'fussy eating' (or 'tricky eating' as she prefers to call it) issues.
There's More To Books: How to Bring Stories to Life! 
Interactive and fun workshop sharing books and activities on how to use stories as tools for learning in all areas. How to nanny and teach while still doing the laundry/cooking and general routine! Join Kathryn Lord, nanny and author of There's More To Books Than Reading for this wonderful workshop. 

Workshops also in the works! ​
Planning for the Busy Nanny: Hands on ideas to keep kids engaged
Resources on Employment Issues: Contracts and more!
Taxes- what you need to know

Go to  to book your ticket to this amazing 2 day conference

If you need more information contact

 on: March 26, 2017, 05:37:40 PM 
Started by EllaMoo75 - Last post by JackieB
I used to do a lot of temp work, I went through a few London agency's, yes I got to travel a bit.

 on: March 26, 2017, 05:33:54 PM 
Started by laurabee22 - Last post by JackieB
I agree with what's the others have said, if you don't ask you will never know. Ask for 12 an hour, they can always knock you down a bit, at least it will be more than your on now.. good luck 😀

 on: March 21, 2017, 08:02:54 AM 
Started by laurabee22 - Last post by EllaMoo75
Definitely, ask to have a chat and explain.  Just start off by saying how much you adore the children and the job and would they consider a pay rise as you have been there for some time and it would be so appreciated.  It does not sound unreasonable at all especially as you have been there for a year.


 on: March 19, 2017, 06:36:04 PM 
Started by laurabee22 - Last post by tigger
My view is if you don't ask you don't get. They may offer you less or get what you asked for.

 on: March 19, 2017, 10:10:21 AM 
Started by laurabee22 - Last post by laurabee22
Hello all,
I have been in my job for a year and as per my contract I plan to ask for a pay review in the coming weeks.
I saw the job on gum tree and at interview was asked how much I needed as a wage. I loved the family and without really thinking said 10nph which, as it turned out, was less than their current nanny and less than my previous wage. Yes I was a fool! Annoyingly after I accepted I was also sent the job by an agency who also advertised it as 12nph! Sigh!
Aaaaanyway I have been really struggling on my current wage and would like to ask for the 12nph but I feel super uncomfortable asking them for money. I absolutely love the family and I know they are happy with me. Do you think it's a reasonable request? The percentage increase is high but do you think it's worth a try if they were willing to offer that wage in the first place

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