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Top tips for Camping with Children

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Camping with children! A great holiday idea?

For some, going on a camping holiday is exciting, fun and adventurous.

Children love camping. The thrill of sleeping outside with just a layer of canvas separating them from the outdoors. Camping is certainly an adventurous holiday and one that can take a lot of planning and consideration, especially with young children.

In preparation for going camping with children, ensure you follow these top tips:

Top Tips for camping with children:

  • Make sure your tent is spacious and is big enough to sleep everyone
  • Pack extra blankets to keep warm at night
  • Take plenty of games and entertainment for the children
  • Pack things for children to do in case the weather is bad.
  • Make sure you have enough warm clothing. Prepare for all weathers. Unfortunately, British weather is never predicable. Make sure you have packed clothing to cover you in all weathers
  • Give your tent a ‘homely’ feel by taking home comforts. You may end up spending a lot of time in your tent so it is a good idea to have a few essentials around you.
  • If you are self catering, pack enough food supplies to last you. You will also need to consider if you will need to pack cooking equipment as well.
  • Get to know the area that you are staying in. What is there around the campsite for your children to enjoy? Where is the nearest play area, supermarket, hospital?
  • Get ahead of yourself and have a go at setting up your tent prior to go on holiday. This allows you to make sure you have all the necessary parts and also gives you an idea of how to put the tent up, saving you time when you get to the campsite.
  • Conduct a test run with your children by camping out in the garden. This is especially a good idea if your children have never experienced sleeping in a tent before. This allows them to get a feel for what it might be like
  • Try and follow the same routines as you would at home. If you have young children, try and stick with the same bed time, nap and meal routine

Plan Ahead

When going on a camping holiday with your children, one of the most important things to remember to do is to plan ahead. Make sure all details are finalised and ensure:

  • You know where you are staying
  • You have all the equipment that you need (tent, chairs, crockery)
  • Know what facilities you have available to you
  • Have an idea of what there is to do around the campsite (what activities can children get involved with?)

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

Best Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Looking for Birthday Party theme ideas?

Celebrate your child’s Birthday in style!

Many children’s birthday parties have a theme. With fun new crazes being introduced, party planning is being taken to a whole new level.

Take the stress out of having to think of a suitable birthday party theme, by checking out our ideas:

Birthday Party Themes:

  • Superheros – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
  • Fairies
  • Princesses
  • Unicorns
  • Cars
  • Trains
  • Star Wars
  • Peppa Pig
  • Animals – favourite pet or zoo animal
  • Disney
  • Beach/ summer time
  • Vintage
  • Circus
  • Neon
  • Pirate
  • Cowboys
  • Under the sea
  • The great outdoors
  • Space
  • Sport – football, dance

So, if you are planning a party but stuck for a theme, why not consider some of our awesome themes? Remember, your never too old for a themed birthday!

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

Nannies – How to impress in an interview

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

If you have discovered your dream Nanny job and have an interview scheduled, discover our top tips to show off and impress your perspective employers.

One of the main aims of an interview is to show off and impress to your employers.

It is no secret that going for an interview can be stressful and frightening. To limit this stress, it is a good idea to get prepared before hand and organise all the essentials that you will need.

What you bring to your interview will signal to your potential employers your organisational skills, which are very important for being a Nanny.

Many nannies decide to create a Nanny Portfolio to showcase themselves. This is a great way to store all your certificates and documents and is sure to impress. So, grab a ring binder and a few plastic wallets, and get organising.

What you should keep in your Portfolio?

Your CV

First of all, the most important pieces of information to be displayed, should be your CV.

It is especially important to maintain your CV and keep it up to date. Your CV should clear, concise and easy to read. Yet that being said, make sure all your experience is listed. Include past and current work placements, work experience and any temp/ short term positions.

Top Tip – Keep multiple copies of your CV in your portfolio as some employers like to keep a copy of it.

Certificates

Clearly display your Qualification Certificates that you have obtained. These may be from qualifying as a Nanny, Maternity Nurse, or even as a teacher.

In addition, don’t forget to display those especially relevant certificates from courses you have been on.

These may include:

  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • EYFS
  • E-Safety
  • Food Hygiene/ cooking
  • Sleep Training
  • Nanny Training
  • Babysitting
  • Child protection
  • Domestic Violence
  • Lone Worker
  • Nanny Driving

ID Documents

It is also a good idea to keep a photocopy of your passport and drivers license in your portfolio. Many employers like to see these documents.

Top Tip – Keep a photocopy of these to give to employers.

Other Documents

Don’t forget to include other documentation including:

  • DBS
  • Ofsted Registration
  • Drivers license
  • Insurance – Nanny or driving insurance

Outstanding References

In addition to displaying your certificates, show your references from previous employers. Including your references gives new employers the ability to gain an understanding of your performance and work ethic.

Top Tip – It is recommended to display them in date order to make it as easy as possible for employers to read.

If you don’t have a written reference from your employer, make a note of their contact details. Almost all Nanny Agencies like to obtain their own references anyway.

Show Off!

Finally, don’t forget to showcase your previous work.

Consider: What makes you a stand out Nanny? Why should you get this position? What can you bring to the table?

Make a note of previous craft activities, recipes and activities that you like to do. Show off what makes you unique, and why an employer should therefore employ you.

So, nannies, don’t forget to get organised and put together a portfolio. Gather all your documents and display in a folder or organiser.

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

TOP Summer Time Activities for Children

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

The Summer Holidays = 6 weeks off. That’s roughly 42 days of finding activities to do with your children.

Having to come up with fresh, fun and new activities to do with your children or charges is no easy task. It can hard. There is no denying it. Especially when there is so much exciting technology out there that does the job of entertaining for you.

So, to give you a helping hand, we have come up with a list of our TOP summer time activities for your children!

Discover our summer activity guide for children of all ages to participate in!

  1. Spend time in the garden
  2. Play some garden games – hopscotch, catch
  3. Have a water fight
  4. Go to the park
  5. Make home made pizzas
  6. Have a BBQ
  7. Bake some treats
  8. Go to the beach
  9. Build a sandcastle
  10. Do some gardening
  11. Arrange a play date
  12. Go for a bike ride
  13. Go for a walk/ hike
  14. Play some sports – tennis, badminton, croquet, golf,  hoola-hopping
  15. Make your own bubbles
  16. Grab out the paddling pool
  17. Stargaze on a clear night
  18. Discover different wildlife
  19. Go visit some local attractions – castles, museums,
  20. Feed the birds
  21. Feed the ducks
  22. Go swimming
  23. Go bowling
  24. Visit a fruit picking farm
  25. Take a picnic to the park
  26. Make your own ice lollies
  27. Make your own smoothie/ milkshakes
  28. Get crafty
  29. Wash the car
  30. Build a fort
  31. Go camping
  32. Learn a new language
  33. Read a new book
  34. Make homemade jewellery
  35. Have fun dressing up
  36. Create a summer scrapbook to catch your memories
  37. Go bug hunting
  38. Have a movie afternoon
  39. Take a road trip
  40. Go shopping for new school supplies
  41. Fly a kite
  42. Go horse riding
  43. Go to the cinema
  44. Catch up on SLEEP!

None of these ideas taking your fancy? Why not visit your nearest National Trust? Go on your very own adventure! Discover, explore and have fun! Check out the National Trust website to find out whats on!

So, if you are stuck for activity ideas to do over the summer with your children or charges, take a look at our list! Remember, stay safe, have fun and make memories this summer!

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

Celebrating International Friendship Day 2018

July 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment

Monday 30th July is International Friendship Day 2018!

International Friendship Day gives you the opportunity to celebrate those special friendships you have.

Nannies & parents, why not encourage your children to get involved this year?

We have come up with a list of suggestions for your children or charges to participate in to show their friends how much they mean to them.

Ideas for children to Celebrate:

  • Bake your friends some edible goodies and treats
  • Write a letter or poem to a friend telling them about how much they mean to you
  • Spend the day with a friend
  • Buy them a small gift
  • Make them something special
  • Share a friendship bracelet or necklace with a friend. This is something to could make together
  • Have a sleepover with your friends

International Friendship Day

To find out more about the history and meaning of IFD, click HERE!

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

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