Well it didn't quite happen like that.......

Posted on 02 May 2012
Well it didn't quite happen like that.......

I must apologise for the lack of blog updates, I think I went out one day in March and when I looked up it was 1st of May! I know I am not the only one who thinks time is passing us by.

Well I think I can now say I no longer work from home! Well alright then..... I have been going to work in my lovely little office space for 2 months already!!! It is really quite nice to have a bit of company and to see people out on the main street. On most days I have almost managed to stop work and leave the office by 6pm. And sometimes I have even managed not to take work home with me.

The thing that didn't happen...... Matthew never came to help me on a Friday as he got a better offer elsewhere.

The thing that did happen...... a few regular callers to Kids Deserve the Best got a bit of a fright when someone other than me answered the phone. Sorry to say it was quite amusing to have them have a continued conversation with Clare as if they were talking to me. It has been most helpful to have an extra person answer the phones if I am busy.

The other thing that happened...... not only do I have a collection of purple shirts to wear in the office, my collection of purple accoutrements for my desk expanded. The lovely Julie Charlton came for lunch and brought some purple paperclips, which went lovely with my purple stapler, purple hole punch, purple file storage, purple pens. And recently I have added a purple glass to the collection with thanks to the eagle eyes of the lovely Claire from Blue Tiger Training. I am only trying to have peace of mind by surrounding myself with the colour purple. I have to say one can never have enough purple, always on the look out to something new to add to the collection.

So into March we went with the usual day to day runnings of a Nanny Agency, helping families considering Nannies, advising Nannies who wanted to work in a family environment, organising babysitting services, organising of Paediatric First Aid. Something new which Kids Deserve the Best got involved with is the NCMALocal Peer/ Support Network Groups. The NCMA Local groups have been set up in Northumberland, Newcastle and South Tyneside and they are there to offer advice and support for childminders and nannies. Currently there is a lot more childminders than nannies and  I hope to be able to encourage some nannies along and make a better balance.   It has been quite interesting to see that childminders did not realise how there is no funding available to support a Nanny in their training or with Ofsted registration.

Later in March, I was lucky to have gained a place on a Webfuelled Business Bootcamp hosted by Doug Richards, a fabulously funny guy who caused quite a few chuckles amongst the room, although I couldn't help but wonder about the cookies which were talked about being left on my desktop! And James Denning who also raised a few laughs. Both equally inspirational businessmen who shared their time and advice for FREE. A particular word that everyone loves. The workshops are over now but if you get  a chance to attend a similar event with these guys, then you really should go. Words which kept appearing throughout the day were Google and Amazon.

A few days later I attended the Derwent Manor Hotel Wedding Fair to explain to people about how our Wedding Day Childcare works. It was a really sunny day in a superb venue, in fact that may have been our summer and I was lucky to meet some new exhibitors. The fair itself was small and quiet, but hopefully prospective wedding couples will make use of the local services available to them to make their day extra special.

Next stop was a visit to Newcastle Business Village for some Assertiveness Training Skills with Anna Dorward, I needed to learn some new techniques - how to not be so soft and how to be stronger when dealing with people. Thank you Anna, your worshop was most helpful.

As we approached Easter I had 3 Wedding Day Childcare bookings to arrange all over Easter weekend, the first in Slaley Hall in Hexham, Woodhill Hall, near Otterburn and Langley Castle in Hexham - children of various ages were kept occupied with a variety of activities and games, whilst the parents and guests enjoyed the main celebrations.

A catch up lunch with some very good Nanny friends was very much needed, especially as one of them is about to have a baby any time now. Downside - I ate 2 puddings. Upside - I managed to buy a new box to store all my records in ready to go to my lovely accountant. And yes...... it was a purple box which is sure to make Dona smile!

The next few days were very much needed to prepare for the #NEEXPO the North East's biggest Business Trade Show.  A fabulous opportunity to be amongst 220 businesses and in front of 1800 visitors. I did manage to find a family who are in need of after school childcare and this is something I am working on at the moment. After school childcare is one of the most difficult things to find for a family, often not enough hours for a Nanny, however the right person may just be available at the right time. At the #NEXPO I had the opportunity to work alongside Claire and Mike from Blue Tiger Training. By working together we were able to share the space and allow time to mingle with other exhibitors, whilst always having someone on the stand to answer any questions and to hand out information and leaflets and Claire's paw print biscuits. It was great to see how many people there I knew.

Claire and I were drawn to all things purple, alright then.... I was drawn to all things purple. Aside from this, I did have a distraction all day, Paul from Base 2 Training had the most fabulous multi coloured and stripey tie. The best tie of the day!

After several further meetings with registering new nannies, and a very positive meeting with Mark from Future Strategies, the whole routine continues. As I look to see how to progress from here I look forward to working and supporting anyone who loves purple!

Before I end this update, I do seem to have turned into some kind of Directory Enquiries, which does make me smile. I seem to be the person to call if someone wants the number for Round the Twist Soft Play in Benton, the guys there seem to be very busy with party bookings. If anyone needs it - the number is 0191 2150055. Not sure why but I seem to be the person to contact for the Child Support Agency too.

And so this is Sarah 'Purple' Parkin signing off until next time.

And without further ado, let's Spring into the month of May!



1 comment

Dona Skaife Commented on 09 May 2012

Great blog as ever always written from the heart and really looking forward to the purple box of accounts - it always stands out on my shelf of carrier bags!

See you at the What's on 4 Me event on Friday!

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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.