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Cut up grapes – they can be deadly

November 1st, 2017


Pamela Prentice, Campaigns Manager at the Child Accident Prevention Trust wrote the following:

Doctors have issued a stark warning that young children can choke to death on whole grapes, describing three cases of children who needed emergency treatment:

A five-year-old boy choked while eating grapes at an after-school club. Despite first aid, the grape could not be dislodged and the child had a heart attack and died.

A 17-month-old boy choked while eating grapes with his family at home. Paramedics were called and the grape was eventually removed but the little boy still died.

A two-year-old choked while snacking on grapes in the park. He suffered two seizures and spent five days in intensive care before thankfully making a full recovery. The doctors warn that food is responsible for over half of all fatal choking accidents, with grapes the third most common cause of death in food-related incidents.

Why are grapes so dangerous?

The size and shape of grapes means they can completely plug a child’s airway, and the tight seal produced by the grapes smooth surface makes them difficult to dislodge with standard first aid techniques. Young children are particularly vulnerable to choking on grapes because they don’t  have a full set of teeth and are still learning to chew properly. Their swallow reflex is still developing. Their airway is very small.

It’s why we advise that grapes should be chopped in half lengthways and ideally in quarters.

4 Signs a Nanny is Right for YOU

April 14th, 2016

Employing a nanny is a life-changing decision, and one that is often the result of months of careful deliberation. However, once you make the leap and take on a nanny, you’ll wonder why you didn’t enlist one sooner.

To help you reach a decision on whether or not a nanny is right for you, here are a few signs that your family could benefit from their support.

Quality time

Do you find that you’re spending your mornings rushing around chivvying the children along, hurrying them to get dressed and eat their breakfast, in order to drop them off at the childminders or nursery? Feeling guilty about the lack of quality time with the children and the fact that they spend little time in their own home?

By enlisting the support of a nanny you can be safe in the knowledge that the stress of trying to be a super parent is shared. A nanny will nurture a long-term bond with your child, in your home, so that your little ones can carry on their routine and enjoy continuity of care, with one-on-one attention from someone you trust.

The added value provided by a nanny with nursery duties such as washing, ironing, cooking taken care of, means you can savour every moment with your children, rather than rushing them to bed on an evening so you can tackle the chores.

Personalised childcare

When working a career around childcare, you probably rely heavily on the support of a nursery or childminder. However, when your child is in a room with 20 other children, it’s unlikely that they will receive the individual support and attention they need in those early years.

Investing in a nanny gives you peace of mind that your family have dedicated childcare, with undivided attention on their happiness, wellbeing and physical and lingual development.

Lifestyle choices

Juggling a busy calendar without external support means that eventually, something’s got to give. Whether that be your eldest child forgoing piano lessons on a weeknight or your youngest missing out on swimming lessons in those crucial early years, you don’t want to jeopardise their quality of life because you simply can’t be in two places at once.

With the help of a nanny, you can ensure that each of your children pursue the hobbies and activities they enjoy, without worrying about conflicts in your calendar.

Continuity of care

Calling in favours from grandparents and friends can soon wear thin for all involved. After a long day at school, your children benefit from a familiar setting where they can relax, socialise, wind down, complete their homework, and have a good wholesome meal in their home environment.

Sharing your responsibilities with a nanny can be a daunting prospect at first, but the benefits of freeing up your time to focus on your family can be truly transformational.

By choosing an accredited nanny agency to find a suitable candidate for your children, you can have peace of mind that your new employee will save you time and stress, whilst giving your children the care and attention they so thoroughly deserve.

Ready to make a change? Nannyplus Childcare Ltd will help you find the perfect nanny for your family. Email or call 01925 768188 to discuss your childcare needs today.

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) UPDATE

April 7th, 2016

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS)

The implementation date of the Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS) was delayed until 2017 following a Supreme Court decision earlier this year. When the scheme is launched, the TFCS will support working families with their childcare costs. HMRC has now confirmed that the launch of the TFCS will be rolled out from early 2017, with parents of the youngest children able to apply first. All eligible parents will be able to join the scheme by the end of 2017.

The new scheme will eventually replace the current salary sacrifice scheme and will be open to all qualifying parents including the self-employed. The scheme will also be available to parents on paid sick leave and paid and unpaid statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

The scheme will be worth up to £2,000 per child each year and will be available to children under 12. For every 80p in the £1 contributed by parents, an additional 20p or 20% will be funded by government up to a maximum of £10,000. Parents will be able to have one childcare account for each qualifying child. There will be extra benefits for disabled children.

In order to be eligible to use the scheme, parents will have to be in work and each earning just over an average of £100 a week and not more than £100,000 each per year. HMRC has published an updated version of a document titled Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know. Tax-Free Childcare: 10 things parents should know – News stories – GOV.UK The document contains useful information on the introduction of the TFCS and will continue to be updated as the implementation date approaches.


How to help your nanny and children bond

March 29th, 2016

Employing a nanny can be a life-changing move for a parent, saving you time and stress by sharing your childcare duties with someone who becomes a trusted extension of your family. However, to get the best out of your nanny, it’s crucial to get the children on board with your new recruit.

Not all children welcome new faces gladly, so nurturing a bond between your child and nanny is a stage that shouldn’t be overlooked. To make the transition a smooth one, we have a few expert tips on how to help your nanny and child bond.

Choose a nanny wisely

In order to gain the trust of your children, it’s important to prevent a high turnover of childcare. This makes choosing the right nanny absolutely essential as a parent; this person will be in your home, caring for your children, when you’re away.

The little ones will instantly pick up any jealousy, distrust or lack of respect. So as well as finding a nanny experienced in dealing with children of the same age, it’s important to select someone who shares your values and approach. As we explored in our previous blog, a nanny agency will help you do just that, to ensure you get off to a flying start with your new recruit.

A warm welcome

Don’t throw your nanny in at the deep end. Make the children’s first encounter with your nanny a positive one, by planning an activity where you can all spend time together. Whether that’s a celebratory meal, or a day out on neutral territory such as the park, cinema or beach, take the time and make the effort to welcome your new nanny as a family.

Stay on side

In the early days, it’s inevitable that there will be some things your nanny misses, or does differently to you. But refrain from addressing these in front of the children, or you could risk undermining their authority. When the little ones are around, stay on the side of your nanny, and have a private word when the time is appropriate instead.

Share the good times

Time is precious as a parent, so it’s tempting to reserve your favourite moments with the children, such as bathtime, trips to the park and stories before bed for you. However, bear in mind that if your nanny is left with all the less desirable chores, they could become ‘bad cop’. Your children are going to be spending a lot of time with their nanny, so make sure their duties involve activities that will help them bond.

Make your nanny a valued member of the team, by following these essential tips when taking them on and throughout your relationship. By encouraging the children to bond with their nanny, you’ll experience the countless benefits of long-term childcare.

Want to find a nanny that the whole family will love? Nannyplus Childcare Limited can help. Call 01925 768188/ 07766290802 or email to start your search today.

5 Reasons to Use a Nanny Agency for your Next Hire

March 15th, 2016

Your nanny should offer invaluable support, which makes hiring a suitable candidate an important process that cannot be rushed. Recruiting a nanny isn’t rocket science, but nor is it a walk in the park with so many things to consider.

If you’re on the lookout for childcare support, you may be wondering whether to bring in the services of a nanny agency. To help you make up your mind, let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of using an accredited Nanny Agency for your next hire.

1. Nannies you can trust

You wouldn’t leave your child with a stranger, so don’t invite one into your home, particularly one you have found randomly off the web! When recruiting a nanny, you want to be absolutely sure that he or she can be trusted completely, so that you can go to work secure in the knowledge that your children are safe.

By using a reputable, accredited agency, you can have peace of mind that every candidate has been interviewed and thoroughly vetted, with an up-to-date DBS check and verified, reliable references.

2. A positive impact

Your children will be spending a lot of time with their nanny, so make sure those hours together are memorable for the right reasons.

What dishes would they cook for the children; can they cook fresh food rather than only fish fingers? What activities would typically be planned for the day? Does your nanny know about children’s development, the milestones they should reach, and how to assist this? Is their grammar correct?

During the recruitment process, a credible agency will ask all of these questions and more, to gauge the experience, qualifications and enthusiasm of the candidate as well as their background and qualifications.

3. Putting safety first

In the event of an accident, you want to feel confident that your nanny will take control of the situation. This makes first aid experience a crucial consideration, and something that all too often gets overlooked. On the other hand, a reputable Nanny Agency such as ours will gauge the candidate’s level of first aid knowledge, and offer training where this is lacking.

4. Save time and stress

With all of these points to bear in mind, recruiting a nanny can be incredibly stressful when going it alone. By the time you’ve cross-referenced their application, completed interviews and made a decision, your child may no longer need a nanny! Using an agency allows you to make the best use of your time, so you can secure the right childcare as quickly as possible.

5. The perfect fit

Every family has its own routine and nuances that make it special. So whilst a nanny may seem like the perfect hire on paper, they may not slot in with your family unit.

Nannyplus Childcare Ltd looks not just at the skills and qualifications, but at the cultural fit of the candidate too. By taking the time to get to know your family and nanny, we ensure your appointment is a lasting one.

Tempting though it may be to reduce costs and take charge of the recruitment process, it’s vital not to cut corners when enlisting support for your children. If you would like the stability of a long-term nanny, with none of the hassle that comes with it, using an accredited, reputable Agency is a tried-and-tested solution.

Searching for a new nanny? Discover why Nannyplus Childcare Ltd is the trusted choice for parents in the North West. Visit our website, email or call us on 01925 768188 today.

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