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 on: Yesterday at 02:16:20 PM 
Started by FrenchLieutenant'sWoman - Last post by FrenchLieutenant'sWoman
I think nannying has become really devalued in a way. It's great that there are more nannies but there aren't necessarily more good nannies who are capable, confident and really secure in their knowledge of children and childcare. Training has focused more and more on nursery settings, ticking boxes and working within guidelines that it's hard to find your own childcare style and when it's just you and the children you need to know you can rely on yourself.

 on: July 28, 2014, 05:46:49 PM 
Started by TEDDYBEAR - Last post by ** MRS BEAR **
often temp positions dont pay holiday or if you are se

 on: July 28, 2014, 05:45:45 PM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by ** MRS BEAR **
as will only be 2/3 ams and therefore by the time you have taken and got back and returned later to pick up, prob talking 2/5hrs a day

many parents want to cut down hours and unless they can pick up ill/banged head/fallen over child then they stil need you and same for holidays and insect days etc

slightly diff when all at school and many do ask for nanny/hk (like rosie) or cut hours down

by the time you have done changed beds/washing/batch cooked/had a cuppa there wont be any time left

 on: July 27, 2014, 10:04:35 PM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by bodyattack
Have had lots of charges start school have  only ever been asked to do the odd PA thing three hours is not all that long an ex boss used to say its to make up for lack of lunch coffee break when they are late.
You will find that if anything like my current charges ex preschool shut for inset days strike days teacher parent days end of term special occasions  shorter session times share a book with the child day early pick up if child has an accident and needs hosptail it has happened sev eral times with previous charges school shut because of the weather they will pick up more bugs as well
Getting there and back ours was not  drop off and run off.

 on: July 27, 2014, 06:10:09 PM 
Started by FrenchLieutenant'sWoman - Last post by MiniMe
Having common sense and real life skills!!!

How about understanding the child  Huh

Sadly those used to go without saying... but I see what you both mean these days!

 on: July 27, 2014, 05:45:58 PM 
Started by FrenchLieutenant'sWoman - Last post by louie19
Having common sense and real life skills!!!

 on: July 27, 2014, 05:43:31 PM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by louie19
I was in this position too, but things worked out ok.
I used to prepare the evening meal, sort through toys and clothes, pick up shopping and run other errands.
The time went really quickly!

See what your boss says x

 on: July 26, 2014, 04:18:53 PM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by MiniMe
If you do offer to do extra stuff do be aware that when a child is sick and during holidays this extra stuff becomes a lot harder to do/fit in, and that your employers should be well aware that the children should come first. Maybe they get a temporary cleaner to cover the holidays if you do take over the cleaning.

 on: July 26, 2014, 11:08:51 AM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by rosie doll
My charges are all school age and the youngest is starting secondary school in September.

I do the whole family washing and ironing.
Change all beds.
Dry cleaning run.
Cook for whole family.
Do any thing that needs doing/picking up from shops/random errands.

I find this does actually use up a lot of my time.

I do have the odd day with not a lot to do....but we have sky t.v so it's all good.

I do realize how lucky I am that my bosses are happy to have peace if mind that I am "there"  Grin

 on: July 25, 2014, 04:27:41 PM 
Started by yogagirl - Last post by FrenchLieutenant'sWoman
If you're happy to do extra stuff then tell your boss. She might be happy to get rid of or reduce a cleaner's hours. There was an article on the blog last year about what nannies can do

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