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What makes a great nanny is not something you find on a CV, but is found in the nanny's story, personality, and values. Many nannies we recruit have post-secondary education in childcare, a long history of experience in professional nannying and are parents themselves, but it's truly your patience, compassion, and ability to anticipate the family's needs that make a great nanny. Every person has a unique set of skills, experience, and outlook they can bring to a family and the great thing about nannying as a career is freedom to let your personality and nannying style shine through.
Childcare workers are one of the most undervalued career options; It's no doubt a problem in our society. Let's all work together to debunk this conception with a positivity and being informative. Nannying can be an under-appreciated job, and it's probably because most people's general conception of nannying is a glorified babysitter, paid to hang out with kids all day, or thought of as house-cleaners. We know, of course, these people could not be more wrong (have they ever cared for a child all day long?-- it's full on work, physically and mentally draining!)
Never underestimate the significance of your role. As a nanny, you wear many hats in the household. Your role is to shape the next generation through patient guidance and role modelling in your everyday actions. Nannies are the cultivators of our future, chefs for some of the pickiest eaters, the chauffeurs for the kids' busy schedules, the nurses, the story-tellers, the teachers, the counsellors, the mediators, and the cheerleaders.
When mom and dad are out of commission, it's your job to be the best version of their parents you can be. It's very rare that you're sitting around on the job because there is always something to do around the house to help the family's schedule run more smoothly. Mom and dad have entrusted you with the most important role, and that is being one of the pillars of support in their children's' lives.
Caring for children is one of the most rewarding careers. Children look up to you as their hero, their confidant, and run to you in need of comfort. Nannies become honourary family members. The intimacy of caring for children in the family's home is a huge privilege, and families will never forget your commitment and love for their children.
Thank you to the brilliant, big-hearted, hard-working nannies that make mini Nanny Agency one of the best nanny recruitment agencies in Brisbane. The most rewarding aspect of a recruiter's day at team mini is receiving that phone call from a happy family letting us know that we've found their perfect nanny.
We have some interviews of some of the mini's best nannies on our blog so have a read! Each nanny has their own unique journey to tell and it's been such a privilege to share these stories and have them represent Mini Nanny Agency to such lovely families.
Cheers to you nannies!
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It's great to have your older kids and teenagers help you around the house to teach them responsibility. But there is a difference between having your 12-year-old keep an eye on the toddler while you are busy cooking, and another to have them care for toddlers for hours in the day unattended.
Age and maturity matters when it comes to proper childcare. In Queensland, there are legal minimum age requirements for leaving your children unattended in the home. If you leave a child under the age of 12 for an "unreasonable time" you will have committed a misdemeanour Regardless of this, the level of maturity of the child left unattended is another story.
Does your teenager understand the responsibility of caring for children? Are they mature enough to take control of a situation should an accident occur while they are babysitting?
Teaching your children responsibility is one thing, but giving your children too much responsibility can lead to a whole other problem. Solely relying on your teen to nanny your younger children might be putting too much pressure on them, let kids be kids while they can.
It's not the obligation of your older children to take care of their younger siblings at every beckon call. Having your children look after their younger siblings should be an act of love. You don't want to breed resentment in your children for forcing them to take on more responsibility.
Teenagers should be compensated for their time and not pressured into babysitting their younger siblings. Teens have school work, extra-curricular engagements, social lives and sometimes part-time work on their plate.
Finding a qualified and reliable nanny in Brisbane through reliable nanny recruitment agencies like Mini is the best childcare option. Nannies are professionals. You can rest assured that your children are in capable hands and will be receiving the quality one-on-one attention that is simply not available in crowded day-homes or with busy teens.
There are many benefits of hiring a nanny service for your family. Having a professional, qualified nanny will give you that peace of mind and relief some pressure off of you and your older children.
Your nanny will really get to know your family routines, understand your children's developmental needs, and will be the extra hands you need around the house when you're not there.
Nannies have more flexibility than hiring your teenager to babysit. With a nanny, you make the schedule and benefit from their flexibility. If one of your little one is not feeling well, you can call your nanny to help you keep a watchful eye on them in the comfort of your home while you work.
Traveling for work? Find a Brisbane nanny now to help you fill in the child-caring gaps with household management, school pick-ups, and drop-offs, and meal prep and know that your kids are in great care with consistent communication.
Mini Nanny Agency will recruit the perfect Nanny for your household with skills teens don't have. Nannies make a career out of caring for children. Plenty of nannies have degrees and experience in children's' education who are happy to help tutor in various subjects. You'll find nannies are willing to undergo further certifications and courses to keep up with children's development and special needs care.
Each nanny candidate brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience to your household from working with other families that your teenager won't have, and it's our pleasure to help you find the perfect nanny for your family.
Do you have questions on where and how to search for hiring a nanny service? Read up on some our helpful tips on recruiting a nanny or call the Mini Nanny Agency today to recruit your family a casual, contract, part-time, and full-time nanny and house manager role.
It's with great pleasure that the mini team introduce nanny Gemma a.k.a Jimjams. She’s a full-time Mary Poppins to a beautiful family with 4 children plus a cat and a big dog.
Gemma loves campervan camping and is a major foodie. She loves to dine out for inspiration to take back into her kitchen where she enjoys creating delicious and nutritious meals from scratch.
How did you get started with mini Nanny Agency?
It was fate meeting Michelle at a yoga and wellness centre in New Farm. Nannying sort of just made sense for me. Michelle and I connected straight away and had an amazing discussion about our passions.
I had 10 years of experience running salons and a photography studio which came out of a love of being around people and helping them feel beautiful in their own skin.
I have always enjoyed working with kids and making them laugh, entertaining them, and having fun. Meeting Michelle and nannying felt like it was all meant to be for me.
What is the day in the life of Nanny Jimjams?
I get up with the sun and am with the family for 6 am. School drop-offs and household duties are part of my morning routine. I make all meals from scratch, keep the house immaculate, and act as a personal assistant to the parents.
Breakfast has to be nourishing and slow-carb releasing as the kids have such big days! The breakfast winner at the moment is the “avocado smush.” It’s avo and feta on whole grain toast.
I braid the girls’ hair, tidy the kitchen and check to see that the kids' bed made. At 7:10 it’s a swift exit to the schools and pre-school sports activities! It’s a busy morning, but things start to slow down without the kids around so I do the cleaning, washing, errands and walk the dog.
What has been your favourite moment as a nanny?
I can’t get enough one on one time with each child. I love getting hugs and reading books together. The best moments are filled with affection and literally laughing till our bellies ache!
What has been your greatest challenge as a nanny?
For me, the most challenging thing about being a nanny is creating boundaries and knowing when to step back and when to jump in with both feet.
There’s a lot of learning to do about yourself in the nannying career just as there is to learn about kids and families which makes this role so much more rewarding.
What’s the best thing a parent has done to make you feel appreciated?
I got a phone call the other night from the kids screaming “love ya! Thank you for everything you do for us!” That was pretty cute! A quiet thank you is always much appreciated.
What’s the soundtrack to your life at the moment?
The kids and I love blasting the car stereo to Bruno Mars!
When you’re not on nanny duties, what inspires nanny Gemma?
My partner and I just bought a camper van, so it’s the gypsy life for me! We love Byron Bay and spend our weekends outside soaking in the ocean spray, paddle-boarding, and winding down the day eating the best slow cooked brisket!
I train at gym 4 days a week and love yoga and catch ups with friends over food, of course! I’m always keeping an eye out for new restaurants to try.
Best advice for new nannies?
A nanny has to understand different personalities in a family and finding the best way to meet everyone's needs to offer the best support.
I know with teenage boys it’s more of a stern approach. You need to treat them like men and give them that bit of autonomy that they crave. I am there to support them into becoming more independent. With the girls, it’s always more of a trade and compromising. Homework first and baking after.
With the parents, you need to be able to anticipate their needs to the best of your ability. Be the best support possible and go beyond to exceed their expectations.
What do you wish parents and outsiders looking in would understand about being a nanny and the nanny field in general?
The stereotype of the nanny life is that we just play with kids all day, but in reality, nannying requires a lot of emotional support to the parents, diplomacy, and patience.
There are days that are tough and mentally draining, but there more days that you feel like you made a difference than not. It's a lot of hard work, but it is definitely rewarding.
Since you're such a foodie, what are your favourite Brisbane restaurants and what should I order?
Depending on what you enjoy, Katrina, my fav restaurant in Brisbane is Survey Co in the city. Survey co is all about the fresh locally sourced produce and excellent service- the owner takes your order! It’s a little expensive, but it’s the best I have been too!
On a weekend, I love Miami Marketta. Marketta is like Eat Street markets but better! It’s full of cocktail bars and has a dance floor. Last weekend, I had the best damn chicken burger of my life!!
You can’t go wrong with Rouge in Newstead for brekkie dates and cute date nights. The pancakes are legendary!!