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Nannies, Do you know why it is important to register with nanny agencies who are ANA members, like Rockmybaby®?

If you want to further your nanny career, it is imperative that you only work with the best agencies, like Rockmybaby®!  There are so many nanny agencies in London, how do you know which agencies are best to align yourself with?  One of the best ways to ensure you are working with credible agencies is to be sure that they are members of ANA (The Association of Nanny Agencies).

The best agencies care about “making standards matter,” and Rockmybaby® epitomizes that!   They will send you targeted jobs that you will thrive in, they will help you with your CV, interview tips and negotiate on your behalf.  ANA agencies make sure that everything is “above the board,” and will be sure your future employer understands all the legal implications about hiring a nanny in the UK.   Rockmybaby® cares about your long-term happiness and will check in with you in your new job to make sure things are going well and aid in challenges you may be having.

Also, Rockmybaby® can direct you as to why you should protect yourself with nanny insurance and how you can buy it affordably.  Finally, if there is ever a problem, Rockmybaby® has access to a legal helpline where they can seek advice on your behalf and therefore, help you advocate more strongly for yourself.

Written by Ruth Maurandy


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A maternity nurse is a specialist in the care of newborn babies and will literally move into your home when you come home from hospital with your new baby or babies! She will be on hand 24 hours a day for up to 5 or 6 days a week and will stay for as long as you choose to book her for.  Rockmybaby specializes in maternity placements.

She will guide and support the mother  with all the forthcoming challenges every parent is presented with, and much much more.  This includes everything from changing that first nappy, bathing, all feeds, bottle or breast, developing a routine and settling.  They will also take on the  the babies laundry,  maintaining the nursery,  and aim to establish some kind of structure to the day. Some are happy to cook, and even unload the dishwasher but this is not their priority.  Maternity nurses do not do housework! Some choose to specialise in particular areas and have a mass of experience and knowledge on subjects such as colic, reflux, preemie babies, multiples etc.  In most positions (but not all)  the baby will sleep in the same room as the maternity nurse. If the baby is being breastfed then at night times she will bring the baby to the Mum and stay with her whilst she feeds, she will assist in helping the Mum with proper breastfeeding techniques. and will settle the baby back down so you are able to get back to sleep again. A maternity nurse’s priority is the health and general wellbeing of Mum & baby but also Dad too. Dad’s often feel a little left out at this stage especially if the baby is being breastfed, so it’s about helping them to understand how they can help and encouraging some father child bonding time.

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Rockmybaby will help you vet that perfect maternity nurse and ensure that Mum & babies needs are cared for and the whole household runs smoothly and that Mum gets some well earned rest, particularly after a caesarean.

It certainly takes a special kind of person to become a maternity nurse. It is an extremely sensitive, personal and intimate time for clients and therefore requires somebody who is professional, knowledgeable, friendly and discreet. Someone on hand to assist and support but not to take over, ultimately a maternity nurse is there to teach you all the tricks of the trade and many will have looked after more than 100 babies in their career.

To become a maternity nurse you will need to display a certain amount of warmth and understanding towards both the client and their family during the childbearing period and be there to support them sometimes through the pregnancy, but mainly after the birth. You can gain further information on accredited courses at MNT http://www.mnttraining.co.uk/index.htm or N.E.S.T.  http://www.newborneducation.co.uk

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 A maternity nurse works on a self employed basis, she will have her own contract and will be responsible for paying her own tax and national insurance. You would generally expect to pay a retainer fee when booking a maternity nurse , this is usually 1-2 weeks of the agreed fee.  This is to ensure she doesn’t take on other work whilst you require her to be with you.  A ‘booking’ can be anything from 1-2 weeks to 3-6 months. It is generally longer for twins or triplets. You can choose to have days or nights only which is usually charged at an hourly rate, or you may prefer blocks of 24 hours, which is charged at a daily rate up to 6 days a week. Within this time the maternity nurse is entitled to some time off during each 24 hour booked subject to contract. This is mostly for her to catch up on sleep, although sometimes just to head out for some fresh air!

If you are expecting (Congratulations!) and you think you may like to hire a Maternity Nurse, please do call Rockmybaby and we would be happy to discuss any queries you may have.

Written By Ruth Maurandy

 


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How to choose the right nanny agency?

Finding and sourcing good quality childcare in London is not easy!  If a parent goes onto Google or looks in the Yellow Pages there are pages and pages of nanny agencies.  How does a family decide which is the right one for them?

Rockmybaby receives most of its inquiries through word of mouth.  Parents should realize their best resources are friends and family.  Ask friends or family which agencies they used and if so were they happy with them?  Also, when families start calling agencies they should ask how long they have been in business.  Rockmybaby® Nanny Agency has been in business for since 2006 and has helped clients in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Israel and the United Kingdom source top-notch childcare.  They have had many years of experience and know their industry inside and out.

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It is important that agencies are a part of professional associations.  Rockmybaby® is part of the International Association of Nanny Agencies worldwide as well as The Association of Nanny Agencies, which is based in the United Kingdom.  These organizations pride themselves on high standards and therefore the agencies must enforce these standards.  Reputable nanny agencies like Rockmybaby® always want to align themselves with professional organizations.

It is also important that families choose agencies that are customer service oriented and will search tirelessly for the perfect candidate.  Rockmybaby® London works with only top-notch nannies that have been thoroughly vetted, have enhanced DBS checks, first aid training, solid experience, their ID documents have been checked and references verified.  Rockmybaby® takes these standards incredibly seriously and therefore their candidates are experienced and solid professional childcarers.

Rockmybaby® is also the best choice for a childcare agency because of their 24/7 on-line babysitting platform, with this system you can book a vetted babysitter instantaneously and receive confirmation generally within a few minutes!  Let Rockmybaby® find a nanny or babysitter for you today!

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Rockmybaby London join’s ANA

Home-AgenciesRockmybaby® London is very happy to announce that it has been accepted into ANA , the premier nanny and household staff professional association in England.

ANA prides itself on  “making standards matter.”  The goal of ANA is to provide families with a selection of nanny agencies that uphold the highest standards in childcare recruitment.

As a client, finding a nanny can seem like an overwhelming task.   One needs a nanny who gets along well with their children, and who meets your qualifications and experience requirements, who possess’ the skills appropriate for their child/ren’s age group, ability and needs, AND who fits your family dynamics.

An ANA agency, like Rockmybaby®, will talk you through the process and be there to guide and support you all the way through, from selection and matching of an applicants, to sending you a CV, arranging interviews and finally to the point where you are ready to offer the job.

Rockmybaby® mirrors ANA’s code of ethics.  Nanny Agencies belonging to the Association of Nanny Agencies (ANA) abide by the codes of good practice, and do their very best to provide a quality service to both families and nannies.

Follow these steps to learn more about how to best use a Nanny or Household Staff Agency

  1. Only use reputable childcare agencies (i.e. Rockmybaby® London)
  2. Contact the agencies to evaluate their services, and get the feel of the relationship you would have with them.  All ANA approved nanny agencies should be courteous and professional. If you leave a message, they should get back to you within a reasonable amount of time. Follow your instincts!
  3. There are many questions that you should ask the nanny agencies, including fees, payment schedule, and what background checks they perform on the Applicants. Much information can already be displayed on the Agency’s website – do have a good browse for information.
  4. You should have an opportunity to describe your requirements, and discuss the salary on offer, to ensure that everything you ask for is realistic, and the salary in line with market rates. Please do follow advice!
  5. Once you have decided which agency / agencies you would like to use, you will be asked to sign a contract agreeing Terms, and you will complete a Registration Form in which you detail all your requirements. (Sometimes the Contract and Form can be combined.)
  6. There is technically no limit to the number of agencies you sign up to, but be clear and open with them from the start to avoid any doubling up on CVs, or confusion over Applicants. Please remember that it can be best for both Parties if you select just one Agency in whom you sense you can place your Trust, and work with them closely – that way they build a good understanding of you and your Family, and should be able to do their job well.
  7. The Agency will source Applicants on your behalf, interview them in person, take up and verify references, perform ID checks and apply for enhanced DBS checks as appropriate.
  8. Your agency will then send you out CV’s, schedule interviews with Nannies who fit your criteria, and support you through the interview process.
  9. Although our ANA agencies will have already verified the references, we do always recommend that you follow up on your prospective nanny’s reference for yourself – if you are at the point of job offer, most referees are happy to speak to you, and we will have already told them that you wish to do that, and given your name so that your call is expected.
  10. Once you have chosen the nanny you would like to employ, your agency can provide you with an employment contract, and details of a suitable Nanny or Household staff payroll company.

The support of your agency doesn’t stop once you have found your Nanny or Nanny Housekeeper, and they will always be happy to offer future support and guidance should you need them.

Written by Ruth Maurandy


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The 5 Most Important Questions to ask your Nanny

1-Tell me why you chose to be a nanny, what brought you into childcare

This is a very important question because you want to make sure that the nanny you hire is looking after your children for the right  reasons   i.e. she loves children and childcare and not because she just needs to earn some extra money.

2-How would you structure a day for my children, especially a miserable wet London day.

Rockmybaby recommends that all parents suggest from the beginning that they want an “active nanny.”   It is very important to hire someone who is proactive, a self-starter and someone who seeks out enriching, educational and fun activities. London is full of amazing and often free activities. This is a very important question to ask and the nanny should be able to answer it without hesitation. Recently during the interview process a Rockmybaby candidate answered this question by saying “Rainy days are the best days! We do arts and crafts, make our own play-doh, create, rehearse and then perform a show for the parents when they come home from work…”   Her enthusiasm and positive attitude was so obvious and sincere!

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3-How would you soothe a baby who could not stop crying in public or a 3-year old tantrum?

We have all had situations when our children cried uncontrollably (I am remembering a transatlantic flight and my daughter crying uncontrollably, so much so that we went into lavatory to give the other passengers a break from the noise) it is difficult, embarrassing and can make any caregiver feel powerless. It is important to know how a nanny is going to handle this situation.   She should discuss the importance of safety at that moment, especially for a tantruming toddler and being certain that the child cannot hurt them or anyone else.   Sometimes a child can be soothed and other times they just need to “ride it out,” but as a parent you need to be sure your nanny can handle this type of situation.

4-What would you do to ensure there is a clear communication between us?

It is very important that the nanny and parents have a constant and on-going dialogue. Rockmybaby recommends a daily nanny diary to record meals, naps, activities, mood etc., especially in the beginning.   We recommend for the nanny to send photos during the day so the parents can feel connected to their children. Another way to maintain dialogue and contact is a 5-minute weekly meeting to make sure that everyone is aware about what is happening not only with the children but also in each other’s lives.

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5-Tell me about your style of behavioural management?

It is very important that you and your nanny or babysitter have a “shared strategy,” when it comes to behavioral management.   The nanny or babysitter you choose is going to be spending a lot of time with your children and there will be times when she needs to manage your child’s behavior. As the parent it is essential that you are on the same page as the nanny when it comes to behavioral management or you will contradict each other and your children will receive mixed-messages and this is a disservice to everyone involved the children, the parents and the nanny.

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Why you should use a specialist childcare agency for your nanny search.

A single critical motivator for using a specialist childcare recruitment agency in your nanny search

Quite often families hesitate to use nanny agencies due the costs involved and rather choose to do so privately through internet sites and social media. Hiring a care giver to take care of your child or children is unquestionably the most important hire you’ll ever make.  It consequently makes perfect sense to entrust a Specialist Caregiver Recruiter with the critical selection process.

Appointing and retaining the right care giver will greatly affect your child’s feelings about himself and the world.  Positive, stable and consistent relations with a caregiver will go a long way in creating and maintaining your child’s feelings of security, optimism and self-worth.

A child who is securely attached to a caregiver will be relaxed and comfortable with that person nearby.  She’ll feel confident exploring slightly beyond her caregiver’s grasp because she knows she can rely on that person to respond in a way that’s predictable and reassuring if she needs help or gets hurt.

Research suggests that children take a significant amount of time to form attachments to caregivers, so they are less likely to form attachments if frequent caregiver changes occur.  It has also been reported that there is a relationship between the number of caregiver losses experienced by a toddler and the likelihood that the child may be more prone to being socially withdrawn or aggressive with peers [Howes & Hamilton, 1993].

Statistics show that the turnover of Caregivers hired via Professional Agencies is significantly lower than turnover of caregivers who are hired privately.

So therefore one should not just look at the costs involved in using an agency but really the overall value to you and your family. 

Written by Rockmybaby Switzerland

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Travelling with children over the holidays.

 Are you going home for the holidays?  Are you travelling with little ones?   Christmas is a wonderful thing, but it seems like there are so many details and adding in travelling home can be tough!    Visiting family is wonderful but it is not always easy especially when mixing multiple generations.

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The pros about going home for Christmas to visit family – using a spare bedroom and not a hotel room and with all the family help – you get lots of free time….  The cons about going home for Christmas – all of the family “help,” no hotel and no free time!   That said it is still a joy and pleasure to spend Christmas at home and with your own children you are reminded of the joy and excitement the holidays bring for little ones. 

Getting back to the practical aspects of travel with kids think like this – pack it, borrow it or buy it!  You must travel with the essentials diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, snacks (special stuff that you do not usually give the kids can work well on crowded trains or delayed flights – not that the Rockmybaby® blog would ever suggest bribery…) small toys, a car seat and a stroller. 

The rest of the bulky stuff like a highchairs, a portable crib, weather appropriate clothing  etc., can be borrowed from friends, family or neighbors.  We always suggest planning and budgeting to buy more diapers, baby food and the baby gear our families may no longer keep around!

As you plan for the trip, also consider these tips:

  • Leave extra time
  • Book everything ahead
  • Download new apps, videos etc. (and do not feel an ounce of guilt, it is not everyday that you will do this and many of these apps have educational benefits)
  • Buy the children an inexpensive disposable camera
  • Use public transport, especially for children that are used to be driven around in cars – getting there is half the fun!
  • Always bring your own prescription medicine and basic medicines like fever reducers and cough syrup, in many European countries especially on Christmas pharmacies often closed and of course that seems to be exactly when the children start feeling unwell!
  • If you are going into a crowded place with little ones, like a Christmas Market, consider writing your mobile phone on the forearm.
  • Check your passports that they are up to date and everyone can enter and leave the country without visas etc.

And when you come home if you need to relax, you did not get all the family “help,” that you thought you would, call a Rockmybaby® babysitter!

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