Should children be doing chores?

May 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Do you expect your children to do chores?

Children and chores. The 2 ‘C’s’. Knowing when and if to ask your children/nanny children to help around the house and with some light chores, can be hard. At some point they will have to start, that’s life!

Unfortunately house work is just part of life. Washing needs to be cleaned, dishes need to be scrubbed and the house needs to be kept tidy. Whose job is this is in your household? Does it just fall down to one person and get left to them? Or does everyone get involved and share the responsibility?

The real question is, do you think children should be included and given roles?

It is a difficult question and one that does not just have one answer. Every family is different and that’s okay. Some may say that ‘yes’ children should do light chores and some will disagree believing that children should just be able to enjoy their childhood and not have to worry about housework.

There is no right answer so everyone is open to their own opinions.

It all about finding the right balance.

Maybe you think that it is time to start introducing your children/nanny children to chores but don’t know when the right age to do this is. Again, there is no correct answer. But, if you think that your children are able to carry out some light tasks/chores, give it a go and see how they take it.

Slowly but surely:

The best way to introduce chores to children is slowly and realistically. Don’t give them a pile of washing and say ‘can you wash all this for me’ because let’s face it, that’s not going to happen. Introduce some practical jobs to them that they will be able to carry out with ease. For example: getting them to take their plate/bowl out to the kitchen once they have finished with it, or asking them to clear away toys they have played with or any mess they have made. These are realistic and achievable tasks for children and are great ways to start teaching them some housework.

Don’t feel guilty:

You shouldn’t feel like asking them to do some light chores is too much to ask for. You shouldn’t think that they are going to miss out on ‘playtime’. Giving them some light responsibilities gives them a sense of responsibility. It starts to gives them an insight of daily life and an understanding of their actions.

Nannies and families, children and chores do they mix? Have a go at introducing some light house chores and see how they take it. You never know, they may love it!

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Little known ways to be the best Nanny

May 17, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Little known ways to be the best nanny that you can be…

A nanny is a valued part of the family. Being a nanny can be a tough job. It can be demanding and can involve working long hours of the day. However, it can also be rewarding, exciting and fulfilling.

With these little known ways, you can be the best nanny:

Be on time… or early

Your employer is going to be relying on you! Always aim to arrive on time or even better, try and arrive early. This not only shows reliability & professionalism to your employer, but also that you are keen to start the job.

Be positive

Every job will bring with it new challenges and obstacles. If you have a problem, make sure you consider all the possible solutions before bringing it to your employer. Remain open to these challenges, and this will have a positive reflection on you. Always remain cheery and have a smile on your face. Your positivity will have an effect on the environment and the people with in it.

Be an outstanding role model

Children may see you as someone they can look up to and can go to for guidance. Because of this, it is only right that parents want a nanny who they know have good morals and can be a suitable role model for their children. How you come across and what your personality is like, will have an impact on the children you care for. Being a good role model means that you are able to demonstrate good confidence and leadership, communicate and interact with everyone and show respect and concern to all.

Be outgoing

All nannies carry different responsibilities. To be the best nanny you can, make sure nothing is too much trouble. Take initiative and when necessary, go above and beyond.

Communicate effectively

As with any job, communicating to your employer is key. If you have a problem or if their is something that you are wanting to discuss, make sure you arrange to speak with them. This should be arranged within a suitable environment. Don’t let it go under the surface or keep it hidden away. The same goes if you know that you are going to need to take some time off. Try and give your employer a decent amount of time to find alternative childcare arrangements. Leaving things to the last minute is unprofessional and does not give your employer the best impression.

Feedback to your employer what you have done with their children or any key things that you think they might like to know. A great way to remember key things that might have taken place during the day, is to record them in a diary. Harmony at Home’s company director and qualified Norland Nanny, Frankie Gray, has written her very own version of a nanny diary that allows you to record day to day events and important pieces of information that you may like to forward to your employer. For example: nap times, feeding times/meals etc. This handy diary is perfect for all nannies, especially those who are caring for younger children, allowing you to record any progress that a child might be making.

Always give 110%

Being a nanny requires 110% commitment.  Some days can be harder than others; you may feel less motivated or you may just be having ‘one of those days’. It is important that you don’t let this effect your work and the job that you are required to do.

These are just a few things that you can do to ensure that you are being the best nanny that you can and to have a top level relationship with your employer and their family.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Celebrate Orange Wig Day 2018

May 11, 2017 | Leave a Comment

The Anaphylaxis Campaign – Orange Wig Day 2018

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is an amazing organisation that supports people who are at risk of severe allergies.

Every year, The Anaphylaxis Campaign has a day known as ‘Orange wig day’.

Orange Wig Day gives people up and down the country the opportunity to show their solidarity and support for this fantastic campaign, whilst also raising awareness and funds for those affected by severe allergies.

On Friday 18th May, you are able to get involved!

Friday 18th May is the campaigns ‘wear a orange wig day’ where you are able to wear a particularly ‘stylish’ orange wig in aid of everyone who is affected by Anaphylaxis.

The concept is simple and fun and enables everyone of different ages to get involved.

By wearing your wig to work, to school, to the gym or even to the shops, this is an easy way for you and your children to get involved and show your support, as well as also raising awareness.

You may decide to even take it a little bit further and host a party or either a coffee/ cake morning for people to attend wearing their orange wigs, with all the profits going to the campaign.

Last year, the team at Head Office and Harmony at Home’s Company Director, Frankie Gray, got involved by wearing their very own orange wigs to show their support and to raise awareness.

We are also proud to announce that Harmony at Home are corporate members of The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

We have chosen to support this amazing organisation and all the fantastic work they do, raising awareness for people who suffer with severe allergies and Anaphylaxis. They rely 100% on the donations that they receive, and do not get any Government funding.


So, get your orange wigs at the ready and be prepared for a day of laughs and most of all, fun in aid of The Anaphylaxis Campaign.

To find out more about all the amazing work The Anaphylaxis Campaign and to find out more about Orange Wig Day and how you can get involved, click here

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Celebrating 13years with Awards sponsored by Nannytax

May 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Celebrating 13 years of top quality childcare!

This year, our 2017 Annual Awards and Celebration Luncheon took place at The Birch Hotel in Haywards Heath. The event was a huge success and was the perfect opportunity for all members of the Harmony at Home network, to come together from afar and celebrate.

Celebrating 13 years of Service Together

We welcomed Jane Preedy from Nannytax who presented our awards. This year we were honored to have Nannytax sponsor our awards, and Jane delivered a short, informative talk about the work of Nannytax. This was hugely beneficial, and gave us all a greater understanding about key industry topics.

This year, there were 3 awards voted for by the Harmony at Home Network, and the winners were;

Clare King – Harmony at Home Nanny Agency Sussex – Top Franchise 2017

Clare King, Top Franchise 2017

Philippa Day – Harmony at Home Nanny Agency Berkshire – Ambassador of the year 2017

Philippa Day, Ambassador of the Year 2017

Melanie Haslock – Harmony at Home Nanny Agency Oxfordshire & Wiltshire – Best Customer Service 2017

Melanie Haslock, Best Customer Service 2017

Melanie Haslock, Best Customer Service 2017

At the end of the luncheon, Frankie Gray, the Founder of Harmony at Home said;

“We would like to thank Nannytax and Jane Preedy for their sponsorship and support, The Birch Hotel for their hospitality, and delicious food; Izzy’s party shop for the amazing balloons, Beth Mercer Photography and to the Harmony at Home Franchise network – without your support and commitment to the brand it wouldn’t be possible.”

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

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