The holidays are just around the corner, here’s some ideas for children’s excitement to keep them busy all summer!
3 FREE AND FUNS School Holiday Activities :
South bank parkland is always a good idea, the amenities are amazing for the children : pool, water games, playground, giant slides, restaurants, etc. Careful it is very busy during school breaks, make sure you are coming early!
Also make sure to go on a ride aboard the City hooper ferry and it’s free!
Roma street parklands is another alternative, no pool, but a stunning public garden to with your children. Another plus is the Parkland Explorer train that provides an alternative to guided walks.
The Parkland Explorer usually operates:
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am and 12.30pm
- Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 3pm.
The Enoggera reservoir is Brisbane’s most exclusive swimming spot, dating from 1866, the Gap’s bush water playground is one of Walkabout Creek’s leading attractions. You can enjoy a walk with your little ones on the Araucaria Track (a 5km circuit). It is a splendid easy grade shaded path, suited to all ages, which follows the water’s edge and has a few strategically placed benches for a rest with a view.
You can also rent a Kayak for few hours if you feel like exercise your arms!
Other Fun School Holiday Ideas for Kids :
The Queensland Museum and the Sciencentre
The State Library
The Workshops Rail Museum
The Daisy Hill Koala Centre
Lone pine Koala sanctuary
Stafford Skate centre
The Botanical Gardens and Sir Thomas Planetarium at Mt Coot-tha
The Museum of Brisbane
Looking for a nanny can be stressful for a family. How do you find the right one? How do you even begin to look for one? Enchanted Nanny Agency is here to help you in this process. If you’re thinking about a nanny or seem overwhelmed with how to start the process, we’ve got you covered! Here are some tips for finding the right Nanny with Enchanted Nanny Agency.
1) When is the right time to look for a nanny?
It usually takes between 3 to 6 weeks to find the ideal nanny. However, because we have a lot of enchanted candidates in our database, it can take as few as 3 days to hire that perfect fit. Contact Enchanted Nanny Agency today and we will guide you in this journey.
2) What are the qualities a parent should look for in a nanny?
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to look for when you’re hiring a nanny. There are so many things that are important, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the process. Here are some characteristics that quality caregivers share:
– Love of children. Of course the top characteristic of a nanny is her genuine love of kids. Enjoying children and feeling honored to be a caregiver to them is the foundation that everything else is built on.
– Enthusiastic. Nannies work long days and often have a lot of responsibilities. A nanny that can stay excited about coming to work day after day is one who your child will enjoy spending time with.
– Fun. Childhood is all about fun. Look for a nanny that truly enjoys what she does and will plan fun, well rounded days for your child.
– Nurturing. The idea of nurturing a child is at the heart of a nanny’s role. Being able to connect on a deep level, build a safe, loving relationship and offer a stable environment are all important elements of nurturing your child.
– Common sense. Your nanny will make endless decisions about your child’s health, safety and well-being throughout the day. You want a nanny who can accurately assess an emergency situation and decide the safest course of action.
– Punctual. You rely on your nanny to arrive on time in the morning. Getting out the door when you’re supposed to helps you make the early morning commitments that are critical to your job.
3) What is the range of pay for a full-time nanny?
Our nannies typically, universally, start at $20/hr and up, but yes, varies by city, the nanny’s experience & credential and cost of living. This depends on the number of children, duties required, their background and salary history and so on. We encourage all of our clients to pay legally, on the books (via payroll) + overtime (anything over 38 hrs/wk for live-out care, over 45 hrs/wk for live-in); incentives often include but are not limited to: four-weeks paid vacation, 9 sick/personal days, gas/mileage compensation if they are using their vehicle on the job and more.
4) How does The Nanny League assist parents in the process of finding the right nanny for their family?
This is truly a matchmaking process! Every family, and every nanny, is unique! We ask that our clients fill out our Family Application and we follow up with a phone call (or vice versa). Based on your family’s specific needs, we will send you resumes for candidates who only meet those criteria. We do not like to waste anyone’s time, so we give careful consideration to every single candidate we select. All of our nannies go through a screening process that includes the following: interview, reference & background check, First-Aid & CPR Certification and Blue Card Check.
5) Why should parents use Enchanted Nanny Agency to find a nanny?
At Enchanted Nanny Agency we have 12 years of childcare experience. We only employ qualified, experienced nannies so you know your children are in expert hands.
We can relate to the nannies and the au pairs as we know what it is like to work in the childcare industry and we also feel really close to the families as we understand their needs and what they are looking for in a nanny.
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By hiring a nanny or a house manager, you will become an employer. And as an employer, writing a nanny contract is a very important step of the hiring process. A contract is essential to set up rules from the very beginning and to avoid misunderstanding.
Nannies or House Manager can either be engaged as employees or independent contractors. If you are hiring the home helper as an employee, you will be responsible for payment directly to the employee and will be responsible for their tax, super and insurance. You can get some help and directions on the Miscellaneous Award 2010.
What should your nanny contract cover?
When writing the nanny contract, you should cover anything related to the nanny’s job. This is the opportunity to be as detailed as possible:
Childcare duties & work hours:
You need to clearly outline what you expect from the nanny/house manager. It is important to mention all the tasks required so the nanny/house manager knows what she will have to do during the shift. Also, do not forget to mention the timetable and the days of work.
Wages, overtime rates, and pay schedule:
Be sure to define the salary, including gross hourly wages (amount paid before taxes are withdrawn), net wages (actual paycheck amount), taxes and superannuation. In addition, write what the overtime pay policy is and establish a payday schedule. Also mention how the nanny will be compensated when the family doesn’t need her for a day or more. Nannies expect a guaranteed weekly pay rate every week, whether the family goes away or not.
Benefits (including paid holidays, health insurance, and vacation):
Benefits are negotiable with your employee. It is important that you refer to Fair Work website to ensure your obligations are being respected. There are minimum leave entitlements (sick leave and paid holidays) for full-time and part-time employees which vary depending on states. In QLD all full-time employees are entitled to a minimum of 20 days annual leave or pro-rata for the hours/days worked. Part-time employees receive the same entitlement on a pro-rata basis. Sick leave entitlement is 8 days sick leave in the first year or pro-rata for the hours/days worked. You can refer to the P.A.C.T Calculator to find out more.
Including a termination clause into the nanny/house manager contract will help keep both parties protected in case one of the parties would like to end the contract. If the nanny/house manager quits, be sure that there is a clause mentioning that the employee must provide notice, or if you wish to have the ability to terminate the contract at any time, be sure to include a clause that will allow you to do that without negative repercussions.
We understand that it can be confusing to write a nanny contract. Our team is experienced and can help you with this process. Contact us today for advice!
What age is most conducive to learn a second language ? Babies are naturally gifted for languages given their alert senses: very open ear developed, talent for imitation, desire for communication.
The more languages they hear different, the more their linguistic talents will develop. Babies are able to distinguish the sounds of all languages. It is their mother and entourage who will specialize in the phonemes of their family language, and they will gradually lose the
ability to recognize sounds that are not part of their language. That’s why the more young child hears different languages, the more language skills he keeps, not only for comprehension but also for pronunciation.
Speech in the toddler Children’s songs are important in language acquisition and speech development. They help children develop hearing skills such as distinguishing sounds or developing the ear through the music of words.
Nursery rhymes are excellent and a natural choice for the child to recite effortlessly. This repetition muscles the mouth and the tongue, which promotes good diction. Listening comprehension is a prerequisite that should not be overlooked for future learning such as reading.
Using the services of a foreign babysitter, au pair or nanny, allows the children to develop their ears to different languages and will facilitate their skills when learning a new language. The younger they are confronted to a language, the easiest it will be for them to learn and to speak the language fluently in the future.
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Nowadays, many parents are unsure which solution to choose when it comes to childcare. It is a hard choice, whether to put your child in a daycare center, or to hire a nanny?
A lot of parents believe that a nanny is too expensive, so their choose the daycare solution without thinking of other solution. However, theses days, modern nannies are definitely affordable and accessible. They also provide a number of benefits that daycare centers cannot match! Not to mention that if you have more than one child in daycare a nanny is almost always cheaper.
Enchanted Nanny Agency has selected for you a few reasons why hiring a nanny is better to put your children in daycare.
Your children won’t be exposed to germs from other children
Nannies come to your house to look after your children. It means your child won’t be in contact with other children, reducing the chance of being sick.
A nanny is flexible if you need to stay longer at work
Nannies stay at your home and are usually flexible with the schedules. Running late at work? No problem, just give your nanny a call to ask her to look after your kids a little bit longer!
A nanny can get dinner started and help with other household responsibilities.
A nanny is not only looking after your kids, she can also do some small household tasks, like general tidy up, cooking, helping with homework. Or maybe do you need a person to organise your entire household? In this case, a house manager can be a great option for you. Contact Enchanted Nanny Agency for more information!