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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

Nanny Gg attends International Nanny Training Day

18 Apr 19
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Good morning, good evening and good afternoon! 

It’s Nanny Georgia here and I am super excited to type up this blog and share with you the amazing things I learnt at the International Nanny Training day in Sydney last weekend!

As you may have seen through our GSN social media threads, I attended a Nanny training day in Sydney. Being able to go to something like this and not only take in information and learn new things but starting to network with so many different nannies from all over Australia. I am so privileged to have attended such an amazing event and connected with so many new people.


Connecting with amazing Nannies from all over Australia!

The training day was provided thanks to “Nannypalooza“; a National Nanny Conference over in the United States of America designed by nannies, for nannies, focused on learning, connecting and growing as a professional. During our training day here in Sydney, NSW Australia, we had three speakers; Rebecca Thompson from “Stone & Sprocket“, Angela Agius from “Circle of Security” and Shannon from “Oh Creative Day“.

The below reflections are based on my own personal experience as an attendee and have not been endorsed by any of the mentioned speakers or organisations.


Stone & Sprocket offers high quality professional development, nature programs and support in children’s behaviour.

Stone & Sprocket Website
Rebecca from Stone & Sprocket

Rebecca focused on children’s behaviour and digging deeper to understand why children behave in certain ways and strategies in combating that behaviour. She discussed the different types of words we use when talking to children and that certain tones and reactions can influence a child’s behaviour. For example, if there is a child who is visibly upset because they didn’t get an ice-cream and is now kicking you and screaming; us as parents, educators and nannies need to allow time for that child to calm back down whilst also acknowledging their emotions.

Billie* I can see you are really upset right now, but it’s not safe to kick people, I am telling you to stop kicking now and we can talk when you are ready”

By doing this, you acknowledge their emotions but also let them know that what they’re doing isn’t okay. Rebecca also pointed out that children will often continue to react in a negative way if they know it will bring attention to them. By acknowledging their distress and asserting the kicking issue, it is then time to take a step back and wait for them to calm down into a more settle state. Some may see this as a ‘time out’, where as we refer to this as ‘calm space’. Rebecca’s description of this being a snow globe affect was a great example; the child has just been shaken up, there is snow everywhere and we need to allow time for the child to settle before attempting to talk with them, like the snow in the snow globe and being able to see clearly again.

It was then discussed that children will continue to respond negatively when our reactions are “over the top” thus giving them the reaction and the attention they want. Coming back to the previous situation with Billie*, if we respond with words like

“that’s enough!”

“stop it, you’re being dramatic!”

“no! don’t do that!” 

We aren’t allowing ourselves or the child the chance to acknowledge their emotions, this will then often lead the child to become more distressed, thus continuing to react due to the words and tone we use, then that creates one exhausted carer! It will become draining for you both.


Circle of Security International presents trainings around the globe focusing on the early intervention models to increase attachment and security developed by Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman, and Bert Powell.

Circle of Security Website
Angela from Circle of Security

Angela was our second speaker, focusing on the ways in which children ask for our attention. Often when children want our attention, they are seeking a connection with us.

You know how your three year old asks 100 questions in thirty seconds? That’s your child asking “I would like you to talk to me, I want a connection with you”

Often they may only need five minutes of your time, but time is such a valuable thing, isn’t it?

There are so many ways we can establish that connection with our children even when we are a little bit strapped for time but the most important thing us as adults need to remember is that the children want a connection not just a response. Engaging with them about what you’re doing, tell them, show them, even get them to assist you when it is okay. Sometimes they will only need those five minutes but in those five minutes you have established that connection, they feel connected and listened to.

This connection links to the circle of security. When a child is ready and eager to explore, they will only be capable if they feel safe and secure, and guess who their safety and security is? Yup! You!

You are the person they will go to when they need just that little bit of reassurance, they are safe and you’re right there learning with them. You don’t need to be constantly talking to them, or engaging with them, if they are happy to explore their world alone, let them, but be there for when they return and begin interacting with you, showing you what they have found or what they can do.

This links back to our discussion on children’s behaviour, if they are interacting with you it means they want connection, reassurance, they want to feel supported and secure in their world and they will get this through the people they feel most safe with. After a child gets that connection and reassurance, they will venture back out and do it all over again!



OH CREATIVE DAY IS A PLACE WHERE WHIMSY AND WISDOM LIVE AND THRIVE!


Oh Creative Day Website
Shannon from Oh Creative Day

Our third and final speaker today was Shannon, who runs her own social media blog called “ohcreativeday” and we were lucky enough to even participate in some cool activities she shared with us!

We discussed today the importance of craft play, what do you think is so important about craft? You may be sitting reading this and thinking “oh my, all that mess!” – you’re not alone! However, as much as we all don’t like huge messes, a mess means children got creative and that’s awesome!

What is it that they learn when they cut up 3 pieces of paper, stuck it on cardboard, drew on it with some textas and made a monster out of it?

Well, first and for most, they used their imagination, they created something from nothing and they did it all by themselves, it was their idea, their design and their work. Cutting and pasting the paper on to the cardboard gives them the opportunity to strengthen their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination!

“But cutting and pasting is so simple?”

Fine motor activities (activities that require a lot of hand work) actually help the muscles in the child’s hand to develop and strengthen, so when they start learning to write or doing up a button they are able to manipulate those smaller materials into doing what they need.

Who knew that such a simple craft activity could help children achieve so much developmentally?!


For further information on organisations mentioned in this blog, please refer directly to their websites below:

All in all it was an amazing day, I got to connect with so many amazing people and professionals, I am eager to continue my involvement in training days and self-development. 

See you soon,

~ GG

Kipper & Joey had a great day learning with Nanny Gg
where will we be off to next time?

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  • What is a Nanny?
  • The importance of investing in Professional Development: a reflection from Director Elle
  • GSN Goes to America!!!

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