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What is a nanny?

What is a Nanny? A nanny cares for the children within a family and works in the family home. They are entitled to at least minimum wage per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. Usual nanny requirements include the care of anything relating to the children, such as feeding them, cleaning up after them, laundry,…

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What is a childminder?

What is a childminder? A childminder is a person who minds children in the childminder’s own home. Childminders are self-employed, agree their own terms, fees and conditions with parents, and are responsible for their own tax and PRSI arrangements. Childminding in Ireland is becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative to the traditional creche environment….

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What is the difference between a childminder and a nanny

It’s important to distinguish the difference between a nanny and a childminder. It’s a topic that causes endless confusion, especially on social media. Ultimately their overall function remains the same, regardless of the title. Childminders and nannies are tasked with looking after and supervising children in a safe and healthy way.   Childminder: A childminder…

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Different types of play

  Play for children means having fun but that’s not all it entails. It is crucial to the developmental growth of babies and children. It can also mean different things to different people. Some children love reading while others love building lego or playing board games. Play is individual to each child or baby. Ther…

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Top 10 rainy day activities for children

If the usual Irish weather is preventing you from taking the children outside, here are our top 10 rainy day activities for children!   Play Hide and Seek Children love playing this and you would be surprised how much time you can spend playing this, even in a small space. Get creative with the rules…

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Childminding during COVID-19

Childmding during COVID-19 – as we get used to our new normal, parents are starting to return to work and are starting to bring childminders back into their homes. As a childminder or nanny it is up to you to make the decide whether or not you feel comfortable returning to work. There are a…

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Post COVID: Your Childminder’s Safe Return to Work

Post COVID: Your Childminder’s Safe Return to Work As the COVID lockdown restrictions start to lift, childcare and the safe return to work is a high priority for most families after weeks of being at home.  For some, this means their childminders will return to work in their home, other children will be going back…

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Au Pair Rights in Ireland

What are your rights as an Au Pair? Au Pairs in Ireland are considered employees and have the same rights as any other employee, including the right to minimum wage. The minimum wage in Ireland increased to €10.10 (from €9.80) from 1 February 2020.   Minimum wage rates   Minimum hourly rate € Minimum wage…

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Top tips to manage work life balance

Work-Life Balance Managing work-life balance in modern life is a constant juggle and even more uncertain now as we navigate a world with COVID-19. More than ever it’s really important that we look after our mental and physical health. People are working longer hours, working from home, and trying to manage work while homeschooling children….

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15 interview questions for a childminder and babysitter

What questions should I ask a potential childminder or babysitter? We understand that leaving your child or baby with someone new for the first time can be difficult. However, with proper planning and interviewing, this needn’t be the case. We have put together a list of questions that you should consider when interviewing any perspective…

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