Welcome from the President


Welcome back after the long break and festive season. The ANA had a massive year in 2014 and we can feel the momentum already for 2015 with many new items on the agenda.

We had our Annual General Meeting in November last year and a new committee was selected. I wish to thank the outgoing committee for their tireless efforts over the previous 12 months, and congratulate the new committee on their nominations.

We have a few familiar faces on the committee and are thrilled to welcome some new. We look forward to the fresh ideas they bring to the committee.

The Productivity Report is due out in March. We are looking forward to seeing the end result. To add, we have received contact from a number of media outlets also awaiting the release of the report.

Our first annual Nanny Appreciation week was a great success, even with the rain in Brisbane dampening the affair! We expect 2015's event to be an equal success and hope to see participation grow.

In this edition of our newsletter, we have some professional development resources as well as our regular useful resources, and member discounts to benefit both nannies and parents.

Furthermore, we warmly welcome our new Nanny, Agency, and Supporter members and thank you for joining the ANA community.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone good health, happiness and success for the year ahead.

Until next time,

Warm regards,

Danielle Roberston
Australian Nanny Association President
We are excited to announce the new committee and look forward to another year of collaborating together to achieve the goals and aspirations of the Australian Nanny Association. To get in touch with any of the ANA members, email

Executive Committee

President: Danielle Robertson
Vice President: Annemarie Samson
Treasurer: Tracey McDermott
Public Officer: Annemarie Sansom
Secretary: Adele Croker


Committee Body

Nanny Membership Officer: Lisa Carson
Agency, Family & Support Membership Officer: Amanda McGill
Events Officer: Angela Jacobsen
IT Marketing Officer: Melinda Robertson
Newsletter: Hope Skinner

Nanny & Agency Representatives

Agency Rep, NT: Samantha Ryder
Nanny Rep, VIC: Melissa Dowden
Nanny Rep, NSW: Meg Gauci
Nanny Rep, QLD: Adele Croker
The ANA are fortunate to have been recommended some interesting websites that offer our members professional development reading. We hope you find something that you might apply within your positions, to your professional career as a whole, or as an advancement idea for career progression.

Kids and Traffic - the NSW Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program is located at Macquarie University. Kids and Traffic is part of the statewide road safety education program by the Transport for NSW's Centre for Road Safety. Kids and Traffic provide a range of workshops, resources and materials to help adults who work with and care for young children to keep them safe in and around vehicles.

If you're working in NSW, attending the free Kids and Traffic professional development workshop 'Out and About: Safe Journeys with Kids' is a great opportunity to update your road safety knowledge and gain practical ideas for working with children and their families.

All participants receive a free comprehensive workshop handout, road safety resources and a statement of attendance. To book into an 'Out and About: Safe Journeys with Kids' workshop or to learn more, visit If you're not NSW located, you can find road safety information and advice on the Kids and Traffic website.
Kidsafe - Some great resources for keeping safe in the home and outdoors.

The Parenting Research Centre - "We believe that parenting is the single most important influence on a child’s health and wellbeing and that the most effective way to ensure better outcomes for children is to work with parents". This website's resource section has some interesting academic articles that may be relevant to your role as a nanny, for example 'positive parenting', 'violence in the media', and 'supporting parents with learning difficulties'.

Early Childhood Australia - A hub of links and resources for people working in early childhood, you will find many resources, webinars and links to refresh and update your knowledge in line with current issues.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute - For those with a medical interest, this website offers interesting research into a variety of childhood diseases and illnesses.

Commission for Children and Young People - This is a State Government body that focuses on protection of vulnerable and at-risk children. There are opportunities to be independent visitors to children in state justice centres. The link provided is for Victoria, however the body can be found in all states.

>>> Plus, check out the ANA website for a list of (mostly free) workshops and training days happening in the next few months in New South Wales and Victoria.
Don't forget that as a valued ANA member, you're entitled to discounts and benefits with our various affiliates. This month you can enjoy:
> Play Centre Discounts
Playdays, Doncaster & Sandringham (VIC)
Receive a free coffee when you present your ANA member card.

Daydreamers, Windsor (VIC)
Nannies receive discount on entry and free coffee if you check-in on Facebook

Little Creatures Playcentre, Balwyn, (VIC)
Nannies receive 10% discount on entry and a free beverage
> First Aid
Northern NSW, Brisbane, Gold Coast:
Accredited First Aid

10% off all First Aid courses

Vic: Emergcare
$120 Apply First Aid - save $30
$50 CPR - save $10
click link for ANA facebook flyer

Rest of Australia: Kidzaid
10% off all Apply First Aid & CPR courses
click link for ANA facebook flyer
The Australian Nanny Association would like to welcome new members:

Adele Croker, Amelia Thomson, Jessica Renn, Hope Skinner, Cate Jephcott

Bubba Bing Care, South Coast Nannies, Natural Choice Nannies, McArthur, Eastern Childcare Services

Bec Gaskin

>>> The ANA Easter Picnics
Friday 27 March 2015

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Nannies come for a playdate, bring your charges and meet other nannies at the Australian Nanny Association Easter Picnic. We've organised the Easter Egg Hunt, you just need to bring lunch and snacks for you and your charges. <Click To See More Info & Register>

As part of the ANA's 2014 Nanny Appreciation Week, we hosted picnics in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to encourage nannies to come together, to connect and celebrate.

The ANA arranged fun games such as sack races, egg and spoon races and nature scavenger hunts. It was a great social event for nannies.

The children had a fantastic time as did all of the nannies who attended. One charge even thanked their nanny for letting her come and play with her friends!

Those who attended benefited by meeting other nannies with whom they can arrange playdates, seek advice and share experiences, ideas, tips and tricks.

In 2015 we hope to see more states involved with Nanny Appreciation Week. If you're an ANA member and would like to help out, or you'd like to contribute some suggestions, please get in touch!

Melissa Dowden,
Victorian ANA Nanny Representative
Bubba Bing Care
Bubba Bing Care is Darwin's only personalised nanny and babysitter provider. Established in August 2014, Bubba Bing Care has catapulted into the Australian nanny industry.

Bubba Bing Care 
provides nannies for in-home care positions, casual babysitters and have even partnered with some of the dominant Darwin hotels. Our services have seen a massive increase in interest, with families searching for more flexible options of care in Darwin.

The NT houses a large number of relocated 
families who have little support to rely on for childcare, and parents who work inflexible hours are subject to lengthy day care waiting lists.

Bubba Bing Care helps to minimise
these issues by ensuring that both families and children are our main priority. We have big plans for 2015 and are set to take Bubba Bing Care to the next level. 

Joining forces with the Australian Nanny Association we intend to turn heads in the Northern Territory.
Kids back at school already? Here's 50 clever hacks from Maxabella for Kidspot to help you manage the back to school rush once the excitement starts to wane.
Do you have a charge entering high school this year? Are they allowed phone privileges? Here's 5 Things Your Teen Needs To Know About Being Online and Internet Safety care of Sugar Coat It.

Not quite sure how to manage the family household for the back to school requirements? Here's 62 Back To School Organizing Tips care of Eliza Ellis.
Do you struggle to get muffins just perfect? ANA nanny member Hope can personally recommend these perfect lunch box Blueberry Muffins from as being absolute winners with the kids, and even better, they're a "never fail" recipe.

Or if your little charge isn't a fan of sandwiches, no less crusts, try a bento style lunch box. This fun Koala Bear bento box packed lunch from BentoMonsters is so cute we almost wouldn't eat it!
Popsicle sticks are hero craft items in childcare centres, at home with nannies, and in the classroom. This super cute popsicle craft is a great activity to do with your charges (especially for little ones feeling a bit left out at home), thanks Say Yes blog.

With the summer weather hanging around a little longer, why not set up outside and get messy with the paints. These Alphabet Animal Finger Paintings from Mommy Minutes blog are useful for learning the alphabet and getting #backtoschool ready.
In need of a calming activity to promote some afternoon slow down and quiet time? These calming children's yoga poses from Huffington Post are an easy way to relax and unwind.
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