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January Blues and Purples

Posted on 31 January 2012
January Blues and Purples

I don’t know about you but it feels like the celebrations of Christmas and New Year were so long ago, either that or Kids Deserve the Best have been very busy indeed. We have been working on several Emergency Childcare and Temporary nanny bookings for families in Newcastle, Morpeth and Hexham. I expect there will be many happy people in April as there are 3 wedding couples who are taking advantage in our Wedding Day Childcare Services over the Easter weekend. I look forward to another visit to Woodhill Hall to meet one bride and groom who are travelling from London to see the venue and get their wedding organised.

And that doesn’t include the families across various locations in the NorthEast who are looking for a nanny to provide homebased childcare support when they return to work after maternity leave.

Amongst my busy spell, I became introduced to Country Baskets in Team Valley and it was here I was able to find craft supplies to use for one lucky girls 6th birthday party. Each party child had a craft bag of goodies to make, design and colour, then take home at the end. Then there were party dancing and games and a giant pass the parcel with goodies embedded into each layer. And a final party bag for each party person to take away at the end. The result was 11 happy children.

The continuing to work with other local child and family friendly businesses is certainly set to continue. Having spent a day and an evening co-working with Claire from Blue Tiger Training, we very much looking forward to meeting with Northern Midwifery, Julie is an independent midwife providing support to parents-to-be in the Newcastle area. On the same day we will be meeting with Kelly from Rockabuy Baby Fair to see how we can support one another. And then we will round the day off with a look at ‘Round the Twist’ – a new and exciting softplay expected to open in Benton in mid March. The preparations and pictures from empty space to the bright coloured walls and framework look fantastic. Wishing the guys at ‘Round the Twist’ every success – I am sure their hard work and determination will be worthwhile once all their visitors come along.

A big consideration to any business is deciding where to advertise what you do and what you offer. In my case, how do I get families to know where we are and what support we can offer? We regularly place adverts in The Little Pages, the book of things to do, places to go for families in the North East and Get Set Kids Magazine, the Family and Community Guide for County Durham are. In 2012 an advert went into a Hexham newsletter, organised by Hexham & Tynedale NCT, called The Canny Bairn – I am really looking forward to seeing the finished item and to meeting with Natalie to see how we can support one another.

At the last meeting of the Newcastle Business Mums I was fortunate enough to meet with Lucia who, working with Dr Jack, looks after a new fabulous North East Family magazine called L'Mamita The main focus of the magazine is happy families, parenting, child development and education issues. I very much look forward to having a proper discussion about different options available for getting involved with the magazine.

Also in the ‘what else can we get involved with’ department is the planning of some Kids Deserve the Best ‘Improving Skills’ workshop sessions for parents and childcarers. Working with Nanny Emma Reid, we are hoping to cover a variety of useful topics which will help deal with difficult situations and helpful ideas. We have a tester group of childcarers who will be trialling the first session to see how well it will work before opening the workshops out to other Nannies, childcarers and parents. I am very excited about this as it will give anyone working in childcare or parents the opportunity to refresh skills or to learn new techniques, especially as children do not come with an instruction manual. Further details will be announced as and when we are ready.

To round off the month, one of our fabulous Nannies arranged a surprise delivery of a bunch of flowers in appreciation of the advice given during a difficult working situation. It’s lovely to know people appreciate what I do for them. Smiles all round, I think.

So as we move into a new month, a shorter month at that, I have a feeling that there WILL be tea and cake involved. I also seem to have gained some fabulous friends, some of whom are custard cream friends and others are toffee dodger friends.

I hope that somewhere along my travels I get to bump into Julie from Painted Faces by Julie as I really would like to have a purple rose glitter tattoo.....

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Sarah Parkin runs Kids Deserve the Best Nanny Agency, providing support to families with their childcare requirements including wedding day childcare, babysitting and emergency childcare. Area of coverage includes the following regions across the North East of England, Gosforth, Great Park, Jesmond, Heaton, Killingworth, Shiremoor, Longbenton, Holystone, Forest Hall, Morpeth, Cramlington, Ashington, Blyth, Ponteland, Kingston Park, Westerhope, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Monkseaton, Wallsend, South Shields, Tynedale, Hexham, Prudhoe, Stocksfield, Corbridge, Consett, Rowlands Gill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Washington, Sunderland, Durham, Wearside, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland.