Category Archives: Tips for Nannies

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.

Tips for applying to a job from Craigslist or Kijiji

As a nanny agency we have several jobs that we are working on daily and in turn recruiting specifically for these positions. After posting for a job, we can get up to 100 emails in response to just one ad within 48 hours. (Think about that times 30!) This means we have a lot of […]

The Snow is Here.. now what?

While snow can mean shoveling, treacherous driving and figuring out childcare for parents, for children, it can be fun, fun, fun! Here are some fun outdoor activities in the snow! Tobogganing / sledding / tubing Building a snow fort Going snowshoeing Building a snowman Maple Syrup Taffy (see instructions below) Making snow angels Skiing / […]