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What is the GSN Nanny difference?

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

It’s Nanny Gg here and today we are going to be talking about, “what is a nanny” and what the “GSN Nanny” difference is.

So let’s get started!  What is a Nanny? Well, here at GSN our Nannies are lots of different things, future doctors, future teachers, dancers and performers, mums and educators and we all share the same passion caring for children.

Our Nannies are people who bring quality childcare  to you and your children, into your own home. Here at Giggles and Smiles Nannying our nannies are regularly invited to attended professional development workshops and training days to help bring the most out in ourselves and the children when working, to ensure we are providing the highest quality care possible. 

So, what do we do exactly? Among most stereotypes of working in the childcare industry, we just get to sit and play, all day, every day, maybe sort out an argument between children every now and then, right? Wrong! 

For sure, we do play with the children! But before children want to play with us, they first have to feel comfortable. So we start by building a bond, a connection with your children, talking to them, discussing their favourite things, what they like to do, and then we can play! Creating this bond allows the children to feel safe and secure and will allow for future learning when in our care! 

Don’t they have that connection at schools and day cares though? 

100% they do, but I find it’s harder to maintain a bond and respectful relationship with a child when you have 25 other children in the same class, with only 2 teachers, who all need your attention, a cuddle, a cup of water or even just a hug. We only have so many hands!! 

Having just one person focusing on your children, assuring all their needs are met without the disruption of having the responsibility of caring for a large group of children can help build your child’s ability to have meaningful and respected connections to people and things outside of their own family. 

So, back to play! After we have established a growing bond with your child, we will engage them in activities, that’s right, we bring all the fun (and take the mess away too!) Most often we will have discussed with families prior, their children’s interests and will accommodate for that from our very first day together, which is usually a play session. Play Sessions are where we get to meet families and their children, for a 2-hour session dedicated to engaging in play with the children to establish that initial bond prior to commencing care services.

Then our nannies will go from there, continuing to help grow your child’s interest and ability to explore their world, Giggles and Smiles Nannying is a true believer in Child led play! This is so important because children will want to learn anything and everything, but only if they’re interested in that topic, we can’t rush a genius! 

As well as playing and activities and having fun, our nannies will accommodate for their needs, cooking for them, making sure they are comfortable, bed time routines, morning routines, lunch routines, all kinds of routines! You tell us what they are and what they need and we can continue to have that set routine for you while you’re away, that way the children aren’t all put out of whack after having no routine! Don’t have a routine established yet? No worries! Giggles and Smiles Nannying will take the time to get to know your family dynamics and priorities as we support your family in establishing a routine suitable to your needs.

One of the most important things to us here at GSN is the safety of your children, our nannies are required to have all their correct training and checks done before being sent out to a new family! What a relief, right?! Along with ensuring that our Nannies have valid clearances, checks and experience to work with children, we also go that extra step in ensuring our Nannies have access to company policies and procedures, in-house training as well as external training providers across a variety of topics specific to caring for children and families in the home environment. You can be assured that in an emergency your nanny is trained to remain calm, collected and capable in keeping your children safe.

Over all, all our nannies here at Giggles and Smiles Nannying are dedicated to providing the safest and best possible care for your children, where it is engaging, led by them and developed to extend their interests, abilities and help them venture in their own world, confidently and safely. 

Being part of the GSN Nanny Team has been an amazing opportunity and opened my eyes beyond what I expected when first interviewing for a Nanny position. Are you a fellow Nanny yourself? What is your experience as a Nanny? Get in touch and share your story, we would love to hear others experiences as a Nanny.

That’s all from me for now. Stay tuned for our next blog post. Talk soon!

Gg

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.

The Life of a Giggles and Smiles Nanny

22 Nov 18
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Coming Soon in January 2019

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