Helping your child adjust to daylight savings

Daylight savings and your child’s sleep routine Getting your children into a good sleep routine is hard enough already and that’s before we even start thinking about the beginning or end of daylight saving! This curveball can really add an extra element of challenge when it comes to getting your kids settled into bed each …

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Autumn Bucket List

  Make the most of the season and all that comes with it – colourful foliage, crisp air and bonfires, try out some of the ideas and activities on our bucket list. Download here  

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Starting school – preparing your child

Well, that has flown by hasn’t it? One minute you’re leaving the hospital with your tiny bundle of joy in a car seat that you have no idea how to use, and the next you’re looking at school prospectuses and tripping over Lego models! To help you get through the next stage, Lemonjelly have put …

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Lemonjelly’s favourite summer reads – Enjoy sharing books in the sunshine!

  The summer holidays are flying by, but the learning never stops! We thought it’d be nice to share a few of our favourite books so you can enjoy reading some of them together in the sunshine.

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Staying safe in the sun this summer.

Here in the UK we’re currently experiencing some of the hottest weather we’ve had for years and there’s no sign of it stopping yet, so the team at Lemonjelly have put together some useful tips and tricks to help you and the smalls in your care stay safe in the sun.

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

  Summer. It is filled with so much potential! It’s also the perfect time to get kids off screens, away from desks and getting fresh air.   Lemonjelly know the pressure the summer holidays can put on everyone for having fun, so we’ve created a summer bucket list of activities you can download and print …

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Festivals and Children

  Going to a festival with children can be lots of fun, but now its not all about you, its about them! You may have been to 101 festivals before you had children but you can no longer sling a few things in to a bag, live on beers and burgers and wake up two …

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Creating your CV

  Creating your childcare CV doesn’t need to be hard, it just takes knowledge of the basics, plus a little creativity!     Print off an example of a CV here   CV Tips Your CV is the first point of contact with the family and your best chance to be asked for an interview. …

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With snow making its way across the UK, leaving some schools shut and causing travel disruption, how does it effect you??

  If you are going to travel, plan ahead! Keep some wellies, extra jumper, blanket, snacks and bottle of water in the car. Make sure your phone is fully charged. Keep a torch in the car. Leave yourself extra time to get to your destination. Take precautions like parking your car at the bottom of ...

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Half term & Halloween fun

Lots of Halloween fun and spooky events for children of all ages this week. We have put together our ‘best picks’ of places to go and activities to do this week in the half term lead up to Halloween.     Starry Skies at the Planetarium in Oxford ‘Did you know that there are over …

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Do you need to update your first aid training?

Please find below the details of some upcoming courses run by a selection of local training companies.   TrecMed £75pp Benson School Mon 4th Sept 9.00am – 3pm Red Kite Centre, Thame 30th Sept at. 9.30am – 3.30pm Can be contacted through Lemonjelly   **********   Early Years First Aid http://www.eyfa.info/home.html Bicester on 14th and …

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Its our birthday

  Lemonjelly is proud to be celebrating our 10th year in business! Wow,  where has the time gone! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal clients for their business, the fantastic childcarers we work with for their passion and enthusiasm for their profession and our loyal team for their ongoing dedication ...

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Children at weddings

    To invite or not to invite, a question every couple faces when organising their big day and deciding whether to include little people on the guest list. With friends and family coming together, several questions can arise; Do we want children to attend? Will we offend anyone if we don’t invite their children, …

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Our fun and activity filled Christmas countdown

1st. Make your own advent calendar. We have put together some fun ideas so you and your little ones can make your own homemade calendar’s this year. Have fun with printables, loo rolls, sweets, poems, activities, envelopes and lego! Our Pinterest page Activity Village The Purple Pumpkin   2nd. Keeping the magic alive! It’s that time …

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Halloween family fun 2016

Lots of fun Halloween fun out and spooky events for all the family this weekend.     Our best picks…….   Waddesdon Manor Wriggly goings on at the Ugly Bug trail, Winnie the Witch will host a weekend of games and goody bags at her Hallowe’en party and a pumpkin carving competition. Grab your goody …

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Continuing professional development for childcarers

Do you want to train as a childcare professional? Perhaps you’re already a nursery nurse, nanny or play worker looking to continue your professional development? Whether you’re starting out in your career in early years or looking to develop your childcare knowledge and skills further, we strongly believe training can help you prepare for a new role, …

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Fathers day

Sunday 19th June “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.” Author Unknown     Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make your dad feel special, loved and wanted. We have put together some ideas on what you can do to make your lovely dads, step dad, granddad …

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Easter Fun!

Easter Fun We have put together some ideas for you to enjoy during Easter and half term with your little ones.   Easter Crafts From gorgeous clay bunnies to fluffy chicks in baskets, find some cute and really simple Easter crafts for children here - Netmums and Activity Village **************   Days out over Easter Roald Dahl ...

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Nannies and Pensions

Pensions for Nannies – Automatic Enrolment    As you are probably aware the law on workplace pensions has recently changed. Every employer including those of Nannies and Domestic Staff now has new duties.  This includes enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it.   It is called Automatic Enrolment ...

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Mother’s Day – Beautiful things to make, eat and read!

Easy Chocolate Fudge   Really bad for you, nothing healthy in this whatsoever, rots your teeth, full of sugar but fantastic to make to give as a gift for Father’s or Mother’s Day or for birthdays or Christmas.   Ingredients: for 55 pieces of fudge 1 x 397g can condensed milk 400g dark, milk or ...

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The 2015 Annual Wages Survey Report – From Nannytax

2015 Survey Results   The 2015 Annual Wages Survey Report   To give a full picture of the results of the 2015 Annual Wages Survey, the results including analysis of the facts and figures is available here in our 2015 Annual Wages Survey Report   Live in and Live out Hiring a live in nanny ...

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Children and the internet

The internet is part of everyday life for the majority of us, and that also includes a huge proportion of children and teenagers.  Staying safe on the internet is crucial at all ages.  It can be tricky to manage this.  But there are stacks of resources out available to help aid parents to talk about ...

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Love is in the air

Valentines day   Valentine’s Day is only days away and, as if we needed one, it’s a great opportunity to get the craft box out and get creative – theses ideas will keep little ones busy and it is a wonderful opportunity for them to express their feeling and to show love for their family. …

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Get your frying pans ready, it’s nearly Pancake Day!

When is Pancake Day?   Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday) takes place 47days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur any-time between 3rd February and 9th March.   This year is falls on 9th February.   What is Pancake ...

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Why should you use a Childcare agency??

Why should I use an agency? Choosing the best childcare solution for your family can be a daunting step for any parent or guardian. Your children’s welfare is of paramount importance and searching for your own Mary Poppins can be an incredibly overwhelming, stressful and time-consuming task – it is one of the biggest decisions …

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Be prepared for an Ofsted visit!

    At NannyPaye we employ staff who have experience in the nanny industry and one of our staff members was inspected by Ofsted in December. We feel that it would be useful for many of our clients to know more about the Ofsted inspection of nannies (Home Childcarers) and for nannies themselves to know …

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Wedding Industry Award 2016…..the results and feedback are in!

The team at Lemonjelly HQ are feeling very proud today after receiving confirmation of all the votes and comments we were given on our wedding & event childcare service in this years Wedding Industry Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t win but to be nominated and receive such fabulous feedback and messages of support from clients, guests, …

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Bonfire Night; stay safe, warm and please remember…..

Enjoy Guy Fawkes Night everyone! Stay safe, warm and please remember……. The Firework Code You can help children learn to be responsible about fireworks by emphasising the need for safety when they’re young, and remind them each time Bonfire Night comes around. The general tips for everyone to remember are: • Light sparklers one at …

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We’ve been nominated for an award!

Lemonjelly is delighted to announce that we have been nominated again in the Wedding Industry Awards 2016 for providing childcare at weddings and we need your vote! If you have booked our mobile creche, event nanny or our babysitting service in relation to a wedding we would love your vote. http://www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/vote/south-east/special-touch/lemonjelly-childcare-and-mobile-creche-service

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Nannies and Pensions

  Auto Enrolment for Nannies   We at Nannytax understand that Auto Enrolment is beginning to affect nanny employers, some of our clients are staging in June this year and there are hundreds more each month from January 2016 onwards. In turn, we can appreciate that it is important for you as an agency to ...

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Lemonjelly launches our own wedding activity book for children.

Wedding Activity books. The perfect solution to keep your little guests happy!    When attending a wedding it can be a long day for a child and they often need to be kept occupied and amused, especially if you would like them to sit quietly through a meal or speeches! Children love to be included ...

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Wedding Childcare – Voter comments from The Wedding Industry Awards 2015

We were honoured to be a regional finalist in the WIA 2015.   Please read below the lovely comments we received from the bride and grooms who voted for our mobile creche and event childcare service in the Wedding Industry Awards 2015   General Comments (in random order) “We received nothing but positive feedback from ...

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The Importance of having an Employment Contract with your Nanny.

When a nanny comes to work for you looking after your house and your children, she is working for you in her capacity as an employee and you will be her employer.  In the vast majority of cases a nanny cannot be self-employed and therefore as an employer you have the same obligations as a ...

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