Category Archives: Tips for Nannies

What is the difference between a Nanny and an Au Pair?

If you are planning on working in Canada as a nanny from overseas, it is important to understand the differences between applying as a nanny or as an au pair.  What is a live-out Nanny? A nanny has several years of experience caring for children and often, this is the nanny’s chosen career Some nannies […]

Gap Year in Canada

Are you thinking about taking a gap year but don’t want to go broke on your year away?  Becoming a nanny in Canada could be the perfect solution for you!  You can make a great salary while experiencing Canada and making loads of new friends.  There are many families across Canada interested in hiring foreign […]

Are moms qualified nannies?

At Nannies on Call, we regularly get mothers applying to become nannies and often, these mothers do not have any childcare experience other than raising their own children.  They become frustrated when we tell them that they do not have enough experience to work with us and we hear things such as, “You’re telling me […]

Great Board Books for Your Nanny to Read to Your Young Child

Putting Books in Your Nanny’s Hands: Favorite Board Books for Your Nanny To Read to Babies and Toddlers Looking for a fresh list of books for the nanny to check out for your toddlers from the Toronto Public Library? Or perhaps, you wish to send a special gift to your cousin who’s expecting her first […]

The Essential Nanny Question: What Would Mary Wear?

As a Nanny, What Should I Wear? Everyone needs an idol, and for me – a full-time nanny – my supercalifragilistic idol can be streamed 24/7 via the Disney Channel. Although Mary Poppins was a London girl at the cusp of the 20th century, her timeless lessons continue to inspire this Canadian girl in 2016. […]

The Joyful Perks of Nannying

Four Reasons You Should Be a Nanny Are you considering being a nanny? Or are you already enjoying this noble and fun profession? Like all careers in Canada, some work days can be challenging. However, I have found that my job satisfaction is extremely high. What’s my secret? Simply by compiling an ongoing list of […]

A Canadian Nanny’s Musings: How Do You Solve a Problem?

A Few of My Favorite Things (Or How To Solve a Problem) courtesy of Maria von Trapp, Nanny extraordinaire. Here are some key ways that I am different from Maria von Trapp: * I am never going to lead my charges across the Alps whilst singing in harmony; * I will never yodel as a […]

Being Mary Poppins in Canada: A Nanny’s Best Tricks for a Rainy Afternoon

Although Mary Poppins used her magic in London, I like to imagine that a bit of it floated over to our Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Quebec, Edmonton, Victoria. When nannies are stressed out, they only need to channel a bit of Mary’s magic to make every day “practically perfect in every way.” These three […]

How To Make Sure Your Nanny Reads to Your Child

How to Make Sure Your Nanny Reads to Your Child As a reading teacher and a mother, one of my parenting goals is to raise children who will make friends with books. When finding a nanny for our family, this priority was one of the non-negotiables in our process.  (In case you need convincing, check […]

Game of Observation

As a nanny fun does not have to cost money. This a great game that can be played anywhere, costs nothing and can be played with little preparation. It helps to develop children’s observation skills and their ability to recall information. The children will never know you have created a teachable moment.