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GSN Open Day, Celebrating interNational Nanny Recognition Week 2019

19 Sep 19
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We invite all Central Coast Nannies to the GSN Open Day – interNational Nanny Recognition Week 2019

We’re opening the doors to welcome Nannies from across the Central Coast! Come join us for a cup of coffee or light refreshments as we celebrate interNational Nanny Recognition Week 2019.

Have a look behind the scenes of our small Support Agency, Connect with fellow Nannies and enjoy a day all about you!

All attendees will receive a goody bag with some treats from local business partners to say Thank You for all that you do, for our families, for our children and for our industry 💖

Let us know you will be attending by RSVP on our Facebook Event GSN Open Day

No cost involved, registration/RSVP ensures we cater appropriately for numbers


This year we’ve partnered with the below local businesses to celebrate interNational Nanny Recognition Week 2019

It’s Simply Serendipity are offering this exclusive sale for Nannies.
To order your own Nanny key ring, simply comment or message us what colours you want and how many key rings. $10 payment is to be made in collection at next Wednesday’s GSN Open Day

Benefits of Reading with Children

19 Sep 19
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This year to celebrate Australian Reading Hour, we wanted to focus on the benefits of reading with young children, and share some of our top tips. Have a read through our blog below, then maybe go and pick up a book and enjoy some story reading for yourself, or better yet with your children.

Benefits of reading to babies

  • Great opportunity for extra cuddles, strengthening the growing bond with your baby
  • Introduces language and communication skills
  • Reading to babies helps “exercise” their brain
  • Supports the development of children’s vocabulary
  • Is a great “wind down” inclusion for soe quiet time before bed

Benefits of reading with young children

  • Reading supports the development of early literacy skills
  • Reading stories has shown to support children’s brain development particularly cognitive and communication skills
  • Including specific reading time daily encourages children to focus and concentrate
  • Encouraging children to read aloud can support speech and language skills
  • Reading together supports children’s social skills
  • Reading together supports the bond between adult and child

Benefits of encouraging independent reading in children

  • Children learn to value books
  • Children learn about culture, history and the world through reading stories
  • Reading sparks children’s imagination, creativity and curiosity
  • Reading provides an outlet for children, whether they need some quiet time or a positive distraction from any stress they may be experiencing
  • Children learn the difference between “real” and “fantasy” by exposing them to both non-fiction and fiction books
  • Providing children with their own reading area or bookshelf with books just for them also encourages caring for the books

Top tips for reading with children

  • Let your child choose which book to read
  • Engage in the story, by altering your tone of voice and giving life to the words on the page
  • Connect with your child, if they want to turn the pages or tell part of the story, let them! Even if it’s not the same as what’s written in front of them, supporting their independence and creativity
  • Repetition is your friend, even if you’ve read the same story over and over again there’s actually proven benefits to this. Read more on this at The Cultivated Learning Blog
  • Enjoy it! Enjoy the story, enjoy the moment of peace, enjoy the bonding time with your child, enjoy the extra cuddles, simply enjoy the experience

Australian Reading Hour

Australian Reading Hour this year is held on Thursday September 19 2019.

Our chosen quote to reflect on today is by Emilie Buchwald:

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”

So take the time today, not just for yourself but for your children and introduce them to world of books, sharing the joy of reading.

Find out more information at www.readinghour.org.au

Acknowledging ANZAC Day with Children

25 Apr 19
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We Remember Them,

We Thank Them,

for because of them we have our today and our children’s tomorrow

ANZAC Day is held on the 25th of April each year, a day where we remember the brave men and woman who have served our country in times of war and those that continue to protect our country as part of our Defence Forces.

ANZAC Day can be a difficult topic to discuss with children when it is in our nature to protect them and keep them safe from harm, though on reflection, isn’t that part of what we acknowledge on ANZAC Day? Our brave soldiers; Australian, New Zealand and Aboriginal Men and Women; continue to this day to serve and protect our Nation, our children and their future.

“Learning about ANZAC Day helps young children to understand the life and times of Australia and its people.”

www.anzacday.org.au

By supporting our children in understanding the importance of ANZAC Day, including the traditions, facts and history surrounding the ANZACs ensures that they will continue to be remembered and not lost on future generations.

We encourage families to allow children to ask the questions, listen to their interpretations on what ANZAC Day is about and guide them gently to the truth. Talk about the freedom we have now to feel safe because of their sacrifice. Focus on the collective pride of the country and the traditions that continue to this day.

There are a wide variety of ways families can acknowledge ANZAC Day with children. Whether this be by attending your local dawn service, march parade or doing your own traditions at home like baking ANZAC Biscuits, making craft poppies or reading books based on true stories acknowledging the ANZACS.

Below is our recommended reading list for children acknowledging ANZAC Day:

  • “ANZAC Ted” by Belinda Landsberry
  • “Lest We Regret” by Kerry Brown
  • “Meet… the ANZACS” by Claire Saxby
  • “Gallipoli” by Kerry Greenwood & Annie White
  • “A Day To Remember” by Jackie French
  • “My Grandad Marches On ANZAC Day” by Catriona Hoy & Benjamin Johnson

We close our blog with The Ode and the memory sounding of the Last Post played on a Bugle symbolising our fallen heroes who have gone to their final rest.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Lest we forget

Giggles and Smiles Nannying goes to America

18 Feb 19
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One of our many exciting times ahead in 2019 including a trip to America locked in the diary.

Director Elle will be representing Giggles and Smiles Nannying at the International Nanny Association Conference in New Orleans. An amazing opportunity to learn from experts in our field and network with fellow nannies on a global level. This years conference theme is “Elevate”

“Elevate your career
Elevate your business
Elevate our industry” – source: INA Conference Website

A theme we can relate to as we move forward with our goals for 2019 and exciting times ahead.

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BACK TO SCHOOL TOP 10 TIPS

28 Jan 19
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Whether it is your child’s first or last year of primary school, the first day of term 1 is always exciting. With a whole year ahead for learning new things, making new friends and growing another year older. Our teachers oversee the education side of development, Families and Nannies get to support the success as well as failures that come along with studies.

This is the inspiration behind today’s blog post, with our top ten tips for back to school, these are just some of the ways we can start the school year off supporting our little learners as well as their teachers.

Tip 1: Enjoy the experience with a smile

Your children continue to grow every day, don’t miss out on those important opportunities to be involved in your child’s education. Whether this is seeing them off at the classroom on their first day rather than then front gate, attending assembly when their class presents an item, acknowledging their hard work learning and asking about their day. Remember your smile and they’ll want to share these experiences with you, there’s nothing better than your child running up excited to tell you all about their day, they may even ask you about yours.

Tip 2:  Have back-ups!

Do yourself a favour, do not keep a tally of how many times a jumper or hat gets lost, these things will get lost repeatedly that’s where having back-ups comes in handy. While children are encouraged to be responsible for their belongings, things will get lost from time to time, and often will turn up again. However, a missing hat could mean no outdoor play with the sun safe standards of “no hat, no play” having a back-up is essential in this case, just as much so for jumpers in winter and water bottles for hydration. When it comes to stationary, they will be used and need replacing frequently throughout the school year. To avoid multiple shopping trips, stock up, have your child set up their resource station/area so that they know where these are kept and can replace their own stationary as needed.

Tip 3: Teach your child how to put their shoes on

Not only is this an essential skill for children to have before starting school, it also supports their independence if they are familiar with this routine. Whether your child has Velcro or Lace-Up school shoes, they will undo repeatedly throughout the school day (even with double knots).

Tip 4: Pack meals separately

Crunch n Sip, Morning Tea and Lunch are the three meal breaks to cover throughout the school day. Most schools now have assigned tubs for storing the different snack breaks throughout the day, though this will also help your child if they do stay in their bag as they can identify each meal break themselves, hopefully avoiding lunch being eaten at morning tea time. Ensure your child has a full water bottle as well and that they know how to refill it themselves to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Tip 5: Label everything

Having your child’s name on their possessions such as school hats, jumpers, drink bottles and lunch boxes are a must to ensure you have a chance of having these items returned when they eventually end up missing from their bag at the end of the day.

Tip 6: Make your child’s bag stand out

Many schools have their own school bag each child is to use, make your child’s bag stand out for easy recognition. Whether this is a simple key ring or ribbon tied to the zipper, you will appreciate this when you arrive at pick up time and get lost in a sea of green/blue bags all looking the same. This will also support your child in being able to identify their own bag at meals, unpacking and packing away time. Encourage your child to choose their own decorative key chain to give them a sense of identity and ownership, their smile makes the hour shopping trip to find the “perfect” bag accessory worth it 100%.

Tip 7: Say hello to your school staff

Your child’s teacher plays the main role in their education; however, it takes a village to raise a child. When walking around the school grounds you may notice other teachers, the principal, librarian, even the gardener smile or say hello to your child and vice versa. Take a moment to say hello, introduce yourself and smile in passing as you see them throughout the school year. The office staff are the ones you call with enquiries and who call you if your child is unwell, saying hello every now and then and learning their names can go a long way in helping your child see that they are in a supportive environment.

Tip 8: Schedule a time for updates with your child’s teacher

Teachers get asked daily for updates on various children’s development and progress reports. This can be time consuming and ineffective as they may not be prepared to discuss your child’s progress. With up to 30+ children in their class, that is a lot of children to keep track of, this means a lot of paperwork to keep on top of their educational progress. Rather than putting teachers on the spot, we encourage families to prepare a list of questions ahead of your assigned Parent/Teacher Meeting held usually on a termly basis. If you have any enquiries in the meantime, you can always ask your child’s teacher if they have availability to schedule time for a brief discussion, this will often show better responses to enquiries and undivided attention.

Tip 9: Celebrate child birthdays while being health conscious

Many schools are now very health conscious when it comes to birthday and holiday celebrations, requesting parents not to bring cakes, lollies or treats. Many may question this, though when you stop and think about it, there may be a week where multiple children have birthdays and almost every child wants to share Easter eggs or candy canes with their friends. This can turn a small treat into a mountain of sugar for our little ones. Rather than sending in “treats” we recommend a small inexpensive gift for your child’s class and/or friends such as fun erasers, stamps, stickers or everyone’s favourite… bubbles!

Tip 10: Acknowledge success as well as failure

Often, we will praise when a child comes home with an award or a sticker on their homework saying “good job” though it is rare that children will share when they didn’t do so well. Children will often see failure as final, it is in our power to support them to develop a growth mindset where failure isn’t the end, rather a learning step that shows they tried. Acknowledging both success and failure, re-worded to attempts, will support children in having a healthy growth mindset surrounding their education. Of course, we want our children to succeed, but it is important for all of us to acknowledge we do not always get things right first go. This is part of life and life goes on, we continue to try and that is what we want to teach our children.

Have any tips of your own? Share them in the comments below, we would love to hear them.

Super Nanny of the Month Announcement

22 Jan 19
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Super Nanny of the Month
January 2019

Nanny Georgia has shown great initiative from day one! With active engagement in team meetings and communication with both the Giggles and Smiles Nannying Team as well as families regarding activities she feels would benefit children’s development based on their interests, ages and skills. Georgia shows professionalism and a high level of care and devotion towards her families.This month Georgia has also taken on board the opportunity to co-host with Director Elle, our first Team Workshop for the year, Create and Make: Sensory Play Workshop. Sharing her views on the benefits of Sensory Play in supporting Child Development. Leading by example our Team Quote sourced by the inspirational Henry Ford:

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”

Family Feedback:

“Nanny Georgia is amazing, the kids adore her and love it when she’s here, they get very excited when they know she’s coming. She has plenty of activities for them. She always has a smile on her face, she’s very patient and goes to the extreme of extra work/practice with them on what they have done or learnt that week. Thank you, Nanny Georgia, we couldn’t have done it without your help and support!”

-Z.W. mother of:
C.W.age 9 “She’s amazing”
J.W.age 6“I like bubbles with Georgia”
S.W.age 4“I like reading stories with Nanny Georgia”

“Georgia won over our son straight away with her big warm smile… and us too! She is so kind, calm and attentive with our son but also energetic and enthusiastic especially when it is play time. She is always thinking of new activities that he may love and benefit from. You can tell she is really passionate about her job and it makes a difference”

-R.S. mother of W.S. age 1

“I find Georgia is great with the children. She engages with them well. We’re very happy with her. Our youngest loves the bubble and really enjoys Georgia coming. It’s a great relief knowing we can go outwith the peace of mind the children are having fun with Georgia, the older kids really love her and are so excited when they know she is arriving. After many babysitters that have left us upset,we are so grateful to be blessed to have a fun caring babysitter in Nanny Georgia.”

-L.R. mother of A.R. age 20months, S.R. age 5, C.R.age 11,C.R.age 13

Congratulations Nanny Georgia on a well deserving achievement

Thank you for all that you do,Giggles and Smiles Nannying Team & Families

The Life of a Giggles and Smiles Nanny

22 Nov 18
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Coming Soon in January 2019

Stay tuned for our monthly blog posts sharing the life of a Giggles and Smiles Nanny, with one of our Team Members sharing their experiences each month.

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