Category Archives: Ask the Expert

How to Bully-Proof You Child

25% of public schools report that bullying among children happen on a weekly or daily basis. Yes. That is a fact. Every day we see heart breaking stories about how bullying has affected children. Bullying is not just about physical violence anymore; there are numerous ways in which a child can feel like they are […]

Social Media and Kids: Sharing vs. Over-Sharing

Growing up in the 90’s had its perks. The world was just being introduced to the concept of carrying around bulky mobile phones and email was barely in existence. The virtual world was still something that was yet to take centre-stage in our lives and people could eat their lunches without “instgramming” it. Fast forward […]

Four Ways to Spot a Fake Reference

When hiring childcare staff, outstanding references are extremely vital to the process. We get thousands of applicants every day here at Nannies On Call and sometimes; we do get individuals who list friends or family as references. So how do we spot a fake reference? Here are four ways in which we can make sure […]

Getting through separation anxiety – Home Management Strategies

Being a parent is one of the greatest jobs in the world. But it can also be terribly overwhelming, especially if this is the first time that you’re spending time away from your little one. It can be hard for both you and your child to let go of each other and spend some time […]

What should I pay my nanny?

What should I expect to pay a live out nanny? As a working parent, I understand the tough balance between finding affordable childcare with quality childcare.  At Nannies on Call, we find that that the average hourly rate that nannies seek is sitting between $16-25 (Across Canada), with the average being about $20 gross per […]

Nannies on Call is offering scholarships

Scholarship is the first of its kind for Canadian nannies A study of employment patterns by Statistics Canada show that the number of families where both parents work has increased significantly in the past 40 years. 53% of homes currently have both parents working. This has led to the need for better childcare options and […]

Guarantee of Hours vs Banking Nanny Hours

In the Nanny industry it is standard practice to guarantee a certain number of hours to your nanny per week (or month). This guarantee of hours is a standard term used in the nanny industry which states the number of hours per week (or month) that the nanny will be available for work and is […]

How to be a super popular, highly-requested babysitter

Here at Nannies On Call, we speak with dozens of clients about childcare and babysitting on a daily basis. Hundreds of clients per month. Thousands of clients in a year. What this means is that we have a very clear idea of the types of babysitters our clients are looking for, and we know exactly […]

When A Nanny Uses Her Own Car To Drive The Children

Nannies who have their own cars are high in demand!  When a Nanny uses his/her own car for work purposes, here are a few items to keep in mind: The Nanny should keep a detailed log of the kilometres used for work and submit that log regularly (once a week, or once a month) to […]

Shift Workers – Different Options for Finding Childcare

It is becoming more and more common to hear of parents working different schedules and varying shifts. Think about all the Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers, Firefighters, Chef’s, Teachers and Factory workers that you know. It really starts to make sense that finding a caregiver for your children can be a difficult and daunting task if […]