Get set for National Nanny Recognition Week 2018

September 5, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week 2018!

Are you aware that the fourth week in September (23rd – 29th) 2018 is National Nanny Recognition Week?

This special week created in 1998 recognises the work that Nannies do for families.

National Nanny Recognition Week gives families the opportunity to celebrate the work that their Nanny does for them.

National Nanny Recognition week is not necessarily a time to give your Nanny a gift, it is however, a time to reflect on the amazing work that Nannies do, and a time to say ‘thank you’.

How to celebrate National Nanny Recognition Week

Tell your Nanny how much they mean to you.

Make an effort to tell your Nanny how much they mean to you. There are many ways in which you can do this:

Give them words of encouragement – throughout National Nanny Recognition Week, give your nanny a few extra words of encouragement

Be positive – When your Nanny helps you out, praise them for the job they have done.

Personalise a special gift for your Nanny

Put your creative minds to the test and see what gifts you can make with your children. Creating a personal gift is an ideal activity to do with children to show how much their Nanny means to them personally. It gives them the opportunity to get involved and make something special that their Nanny can treasure.

Give your Nanny a bunch of flowers

A bunch of flowers is a simple gift to give your nanny to show your appreciation. Choose a bouquet you think they would love and give it to your Nanny some point during National Nanny Recognition Week.

Let your Nanny have a surprise half or day off

In celebration of National Nanny Recognition Week and to show how much they mean to you, why not see if you are able to let your nanny have some time off. Any time off you can offer would be appreciated.

Invite your Nanny to have a meal with you and your family

The perfect idea for a ‘live in Nanny’ to show your appreciation. Invite them to join you for a meal at breakfast or dinner, don’t forget to prepare their preferred meal.

The Simplest Gift of All…

Having a great Nanny employed to work with your family is a something that cannot be taken for granted. Over National Nanny Recognition Week, make sure you make the effort to tell your Nanny how special they are to you and how they are a valued member of your family. A little bit of praise and appreciation, really can go a long way. Offering praise can help them to feel appreciated and know that they work they are doing is not going un-noticed.

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

Changing seasons – Summer to Autumn

September 5, 2017 | Leave a Comment

The Arrival of Autumn

As we prepare to say good bye to summer for another year, we can eagerly await Autumn. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter and whilst some people find it hard to say goodbye to the warmer weather, others adore this time of year.

A true sign that Autumn is upon us is when the evenings start to become darker earlier and the mornings stay darker for longer.  The weather begins to feel colder as the temperature starts to fall. A significant sign of the arrival of Autumn will be when the leaves start to change colour from green into rich reds and yellows and start to shed.

Autumnal activities for children to get involved with

A selection of fun, crafty, and learning ideas and activities for children to get involved in all relating to Autumn:

Leaf Printing

All you will need for this fun, arty activity will be:

  • Leaves – Choose from a selection of the Autumnal leaves that have fallen from the trees
  • Paints – A variety of autumnal colours (Red, brown, yellow)
  • Paper to print onto
  • Rolling pin to create the perfect effect

What to do:

  1. Gather up some leaves in a variety of different shapes and sizes
  2. Paint on to the leaf.
  3. Place the painted leaf onto a piece of paper and place another piece of paper over the top
  4. Press down! (You may find that using a rolling pin is a better effective tool to create the perfect stamp)
  5. Remove the paper on top to reveal your finished piece of art!

Drawing, colouring and painting

Lots of Autumnal themed drawing, colouring and painting can be done.

A few ideas:

  • Pumpkins
  • Scarecrows
  • Squirrels
  • Conkers
  • Acorns
  • Trees/leaves
  • Sunflowers

Collecting Conkers/acorns

A true sign that Autumn has arrived is when we see conkers and acorns beginning to fall from the trees.

Children enjoy going out and seeing what they can find. Have a go at going conker hunting and see if you can build up a collection of conkers.


Having fun and getting creative in the kitchen is the perfect activity for children to get involved with. Have a go at baking some ‘Autumn themed’ treats to get you in the mood for this coming season.

When you think of Autumn, what comes to mind? Halloween, falling leaves, darker evenings? Maybe it it a specific colour, red, orange or brown. Whatever you relate to the season, try and incorporate it into your baking.

A few ideas:

  • Cookies in a variety of shapes – pumpkins, leaves or candy corn
  • Toffee apple cake
  • Pumpkin spice cake
  • Apple & cinnamon crisps


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