Monthly Archives: June 2017

How to be a great Nanny employer!

 

How to be a great Nanny Employer!

It’s a nanny’s world out there meaning that if you find a good nanny – hold on to her!

1.) Follow provincial labour standards with regards to hourly pay rate, overtime, vacation time etc. This is so simple and is yet the number one issue of contention between nannies and employers. It is what she is entitled to, and anything else simply won’t do!

 2.) Show your appreciation … and often! Nanny employers are also busy families, but take the time to show your nanny, this special person who cares for your children on a daily basis, how grateful you are for helping you run the household more efficiently.

3.) Provide regular raises and bonuses for continued good work. If a nanny is from overseas, purchase a flight to her home country to enable her to visit her family. Provide monthly bus passes to help your their nanny socialize on her time off or give birthday and Christmas bonuses.

4.) Have respect for her position as a nanny and appreciate that it is an important job! Even she may not always want to work as a nanny forever, but nanny traits like being trustworthy, organized, reliable and being patient are traits important for all jobs.

 5.) Communicate well with your nanny and let her know she can talk to you openly too. Don’t let little problems escalate out of control. Try and schedule regular nanny performance reviews, where you and your nanny can sit down and discuss any issues.

6.) At the end of the day, just remember – A happy nanny means happy children, and a happy you!

Where to Au Pair – Waterloo Ontario!

The City of Waterloo is located in the heart of Canada’s Technology Triangle, in the Region of Waterloo. The quality of life is enhanced by arts, culture and heritage scenes, recreation opportunities, parks and trails, facilities, programs, services and more. Waterloo is a great place to live, work, learn and play.

It’s ready made for outside living

There are more than 3,000 acres of parks and six conservation areas. Explore this beautiful location by hiking a new trail each week, taking a scenic walking tour, or taking the kids for a picnic in the park! With amenities such as leash free dog areas, skate-parks and the world’s best maintained waterway: The Grand River, Waterloo makes it easy for those with a love of the great outdoors to have a good time!

The Grand River: Waterloo Ontario

The Grand River: Waterloo Ontario

The area offers urban and country living

“Our neighbourhoods are a reflection of who we are. We walk on our neighbourhood streets, we shovel our snow and we plant our gardens. This is where we live, and this is where things happen at a grassroots level.”

Waterloo residents take pride in where they live and there are many programs in place to care for the suburban nighbourhoods – old and new, ensuring they are well maintained and a beautiful place to be. The area sports three urban core locations: Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Get the best of both worlds with the activity and bustle of city life, and rural country settings only minutes from town.

World-class education and Activities

The area is home to three top universities – University of Waterloo, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University – and one of Ontario’s premier colleges – Conestoga College. With fifty-thousand students attending annually there are opportunities in abundance to meet people and make new friends. Take part in a group or club and find those that share your interests! Or try something completely new! Waterloo offers activities ranging from Cycling to Embroidery and everything in between. With an easy to use online directory on the city’s website, you’ll have no trouble joining in!

 

Cultural festivals and creative spaces

The region is home to more than 60 arts, culture and heritage festivals and galleries.

Check out the Festival of Lights in the winter months: with over 100, 000 decorative lights, fireworks on opening night, and horse-drawn trolley rides through the park.

Explore The Royal Medieval Faire on September 16th An interactive day consisting of vendors, hands on displays, food and beverages, games, celtic music, magic, swordplay, authentic costumes and decoration, plus much more.

During the months of July and August catch a movie in the park! Check out what movies are playing and arrange a date for your host family to join you! Spread a blanket or pull up a lawn chair and enjoy a film projected onto a giant inflatable screen – entry by monetary or non-perishable food donation to the foodbank.

Watch with baited breath in May – September as each month different artists battle head to head, showcasing their talent in a masterful duel and compete in categories such as fort building, synthesizing, and obstacle course running.

 

The Medieval Faire 2016The Medieval Faire 2016

There’s a lot to explore in the Waterloo Region, from vibrant neighbourhoods to quaint villages and lively urban centres. It is a place that strives to combine the excitement of new experiences with the peaceful beauty of nature and home. Waterloo has that small town feel with an impressive collection of amenities usually found in large urban cities. It’s a fantastic location to learn about and experience Canada – you don’t want to miss it!