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The change of seasons combined with the kids going back to school can often leave everybody sick at home during September. Take a look at these helpful and natural ways to help boost your immune system — suitable for the whole family.

  1. Go for the ginger!

Garlic is great for immunity as it contains lots of antioxidants but ginger works just as well and leaves no smell. You can use a garlic press to ‘juice’ a cube of ginger for a hot tea — add honey and lemon for the extra nutrients. …

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This app calls itself ‘Tinder for mums!’ its a great way for mums to meet, discuss and ask advice. Users say they love how non-judgemental the app is and how useful it is to find information from other local mums and to arrange to meet.

Download it for free here

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Baby and Child First Aid

This wonderful app from The British Red Cross is a great way to brush up your first aid skills. …

We know how hard it is as a freelancer or shift worker when it comes to childcare arrangements — especially with younger children.

Structure is important to your business or career success and your child’s well-being. You might need to juggle a few things and work at it for a while until you find a solution.

It is important that lots of different types of child care does not upset a kids routine, does not cause you any extra headache and doesn’t cost you a ton of money. Take a look at our childcare ideas for freelance parents.

  1. Try to find a solution with a nanny to offer a ‘base level’ of hours so these can be guaranteed each week and then discussing how to build flexibility in that arrangement. This way a nanny can be certain of what she will earn and will most likely stick to the job for longer. …

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Mother’s day is a short documentary about being a new mother. Watch the film here.

Ruth Sewell is a London based filmmaker, specialising in charity films and documentaries. Mother’s Day is a passion project she developed with friends and friends of friends with the aim of revealing the more challenging aspects of early motherhood.

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Originally published at on April 10, 2018.

Childminders are required by law to be registered with OFSTED, while for nannies registration is voluntary. Unlike childminders who care for children in their own homes, nannies are not legally required to hold any childcare qualifications — but at Nanny Network we fully support nannies who do.

Why should my nanny register with OFSTED?

If your nanny is registered with OFSTED you may be eligible for childcare vouchers, tax credits or the new Tax Free Childcare Scheme.

Take a look here to read more about the UK tax free childcare scheme.

Vouchers can be offered by your employer in addition to your salary but usually means some of your salary being sacrificed for child care vouchers; as the vouchers are exempt from National insurance contributions your NI contributions are reduced and you therefore make a saving. …

Previously known as a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check, a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is a record of an individual’s convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings and can also include intelligence held by the police and/or the DBS that relates to that individual and their suitability for a job position.

Why do I need one or should I get one for my nanny?

A DBS check is a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions — carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Although not legally required, it is a good idea for those applying to work with children or vulnerable adults (e.g. …

We ask Emma from Babyem, our official training partner, a few questions about one of their most popular courses — Maternity nurse training.

Why should I train as a Maternity Nurse?

Training to be a maternity nurse is a fantastic career for those that love working with babies, and are looking for a flexible career. Every client and baby is different, meaning that no one job is ever the same. You get to choose the hours you work; for example days, nights or 24 hours, and many maternity nurses work internationally.

Many maternity nurses also tell us that one of the things they like the most about their job is leaving families feeling like they have made a difference.

For a full time nanny working 5 days per week it is super simple to calculate the holiday pay as it is the industry standard of 28 days per year (5.6 weeks). If the nanny is working part time then the holiday days are calculated as ‘pro-rata’ and so for example if the nanny works 2 days per week — she should receive holiday pay of 5.6 weeks of just two days making a total of 11.2 days per year.

The extra 1.6 weeks on top of the 4 weeks (=5.6) is meant to compensate employees for bank holiday days in the UK. Therefore you need to arrange with your nanny if bank holidays are paid for and if they are included in the overall holiday entitlement. Your contract should state if bank holidays are regarded as usual working days, or if they are actual holiday days. …

It is really important to take the time to put a contract together when you employ a permanent nanny — even if you have a great relationship. It means that all work details and duties are clearly stated and all formalities such as working hours and pay are written and agreed. A well written contract will protect both parties for the duration of the employment.

A contract will help if any disputes or issues arise and its best to have one in place when the nanny starts with you. A work contract is a legally binding document but does not have to be written by a lawyer. …

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Having a good nanny job description/advert is the only way to attract excellent candidates, so take your time in writing one. The description should cover the nannies duties, responsibilities and should also include the skills or qualifications you require from candidates. If you have previously employed a nanny you may already have an idea of what you are looking for in terms of skills, experience, age or even personality. It is important to speak to friends for advice and discuss with your partner about the type of person who would work best in your home. A good nanny match makes all the difference, and if both you and your nanny are happy together, the relationship should be long lasting. …


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