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Attitude determines Success

January 23rd, 2013

The results of your actions have little to do with what you are actually  doing and almost everything to do with your attitude.

Which is ironic because we spend most of our time creating lists and getting  organized and listing resolutions about what we should be doing, forgetting that  who we are being is much more important.

That’s why we’re called human beings. Not human doings.

Your life is full of things that you do.

Your business and family and community demand that you do certain things.  Some things you are shamed into doing. Other things you do because it makes  other people happy or it makes you feel fulfilled or you get paid to do  them.

But doing can mask the hollowness of just going through the motions. Mindless  repetition. Heartless action.

Which is why your attitude is so important.

If you believe that your best days are ahead of you, then you’ll find a  creative solution to even the worst circumstance. If you believe that people  aren’t intentionally trying to hurt you, then you’ll tend to give more second  chances and receive them. If you believe that you are worth fighting for then  you’ll find a way to keep going — no matter the effort required.

You can put on a happy face temporarily when you’re in front of the right  people, but your attitude is what determines the decisions that no one else sees  until it’s too late.

Your attitude is what ultimately determines if you achieve your goals or if  you fall short. You can’t fake it. You can’t pretend like everything is okay.  Your attitude colors the world around around you. It changes the sights and  sounds. It makes you believe what you want to believe.

So if what you want to see and hear and feel is hate and fear and frustration  then chances are you’ll find it all too easily. But if you want to find the  brightest parts of the universe around you, then that is what you will find.  Your attitude will lead you there.

You will be delighted in spite of troubling times and unfortunate  circumstances. You’ll find hope and happiness while others mock and scorn.

It’s your attitude the determines if you make it or if you just ended up  being a loser.

Be a better you.

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Pay obligations in poor weather

January 22nd, 2013

As freezing conditions and snow cause problems for employers, many workers are struggling to get in to work, so you need to be clear on your payment obligations to those who are unable to travel to work.

Legally, you don’t need to pay an employee if they can’t get into work due to adverse weather conditions, unless their contract of employment specifically states that they are entitled to salary under those circumstances. You should be aware, however, that unless there is a contractual clause within your contract to allow deductions from salary, any withheld payments could result in an unlawful deduction from wages claim.

It’s your employees’ responsibility to organise their travel to work, unless you, as the employer, contractually provide transport for employees to and from work. You should, however, exercise discretion when discussing travel options in severe weather conditions, as it would be considered unreasonable to expect an employee to jeopardise their safety.

In the event that bad weather prevents your employees from using their normal method of transport, you should first advise them to explore alternative means of safe transport.

If your employees still can’t travel to work and can’t work from home, you can advise them that:

  • Any time off work in these circumstances will be unpaid.
  • They will be paid on a discretionary basis, but only in exceptional cases.
  • They can request to take the time off as paid annual leave, or
  • They can make up the lost time.

The same principles will apply for any employees who are obliged to leave work early due to adverse weather conditions.

Hope the above information helps, enjoy the snow!

What Nannies need in 2013

January 10th, 2013

A recent lighthearted article published by Nannytax suggests that in this competitive job market, nannies who can offer the following 5 qualities,  ORGANISATION, NUTRITION, THRIFT, GIFT OF THE GAB! and POLITICAL AWARENESS will help themselves remain ahead of game. Read full article here


Paediatric First Aid Course – Stockport 23/2/13 Saturday

January 10th, 2013

NEXT AVAILABLE FIRST AID… Sat 23rd Feb 2013 . The course is one full day; Ofsted compliant, held in Stockport, valid for 3 years.  First come, first served basis. Reserve space now. Cost is £66

Babysitting Service

January 10th, 2013

campbell-24Many parents will be looking to use a babysitter for their children when going out. Making sure your child is safe, well cared for and happy is one of the biggest concerns of any parent. It can be very stressful leaving your child in someone else’s care and this is an extremely important decision you will have to make. There are no legal requirements on a person applying to work as a child carer (please visit, so it is up to you, as parent and employer, to ensure that you are employing a person who will look after your children well.

It’s a little known fact, but there is no set age when it’s ok to leave children home alone. It very much depends on whether the child is mature enough to be left and could cope with an emergency situation. According to the NSPCC: ‘The law does not set a minimum age at which children can be left alone. However, it is an offence to leave a child alone when doing so puts him or her at risk.’ They go on to recommend that no one under the age of 16 should be left to care for an infant.

A babysitter is usually a person who will look after the children in your own home, on an informal basis, usually for a few hours in the evening, when the children are asleep for most of the time.

Whilst it might be tempting to just use your neighbour’s teenage daughter, we wouldn’t recommend it unless your children are a bit older and they just need ‘supervising’ and not baby-sitting as such.

The best way is to use a trustworthy, experienced and qualified childcarer with a proven track record. The most reliable source is a nanny agency; you would have to pay a membership or a booking fee each time, but the babysitters they provide are of the highest calibre. They agency would have interviewed them, checked their ID, references and qualifications and made sure they have a current Criminal Records Bureau check and a valid First Aid certificate. As a member of the Association of Nanny Agencies (, Nannyplus Childcare Ltd, has to follow strict rules and guidelines when recruiting and placing childcarers and babysitters.

Should you decide to source a babysitter yourself, please make sure you perform some basic checks such as proof of ID, child care qualifications, a valid First Aid and even ask to see a recent CRB check, which most people working in child care should already be required to have in their day job. You are inviting a complete stranger into your home to care for your children so follow your instincts and if it doesn’t feel right, then don’t use them.

Once you decide on the right person, book them to come half an hour early the first time you use them; this should allow enough time for the children to feel relaxed with the babysitter, it will give you some time to show her around and make her aware of bedtime routines etc and also see how the children interact with the babysitter. Always make sure you leave a contact telephone number and tell her how far you’ll be, should you need to be called back home in an emergency. Also, provide details of another person which could be contacted such a next door neighbour, grandparents or family doctor. Let the babysitter know an approximate time for your return. If you are going to be home later than anticipated, try to let her know as soon as you can.

For further details call Di Williams on 01925 768 188 or visit Follow us on Twitter @nannyplusdi. Facebook: Nannyplus Childcare

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