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Annemarie Sansom

DIRECTORS BLOG

Hi, my name is Annemarie and I am the Client Services director for Night Nannies. I use this blog as a way to give you tips and idea's in all areas of childcare and development.

Posted 05 December 10

Night Nannies Christmas hours

WE ARE OPEN!

Night Nannies hours over Christmas:

Mon - Fri 9am-6pm ph: 1300791663 After hours: -0448430370 Sat - open - ph: 0448430370 Sun - Bookings and Emergencies - 0448430370

Christmas Day - CLOSED

Boxing Day - 0448430370

New Years Eve - 0448430370

New Years Day and all public holidays - 0448430370

New Years eve rates booked in advance = $35 per hour minimum 5 hours and $33 booking fee.

Posted 05 December 10

Buying safe at Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially for children. No other day in the year is as magically infused with visions of sugarplums, family warmth and togetherness, and wonderful gifts. Unfortunately, those Christmas gifts can be filled with safety hazards. Let’s look at the following free ways to ensure Christmas toy safety for your little ones.?



Age Appropriateness

The first step to ensuring your child’s new toy is safe for play is to study the gift for age appropriateness. Most toys are labeled with a proper age range, and you can use basic guidelines to assess appropriateness on unlabeled toys. The following are guidelines and reminders about age appropriate toys:

* Read and follow age range suggestions on packages. Even if you think the toy would be safe for your child, there may be small parts or other hazards that toy companies have found inappropriate or hazardous for younger children. * Read the instructions and teach your child how to use the toy properly. Improper use on some toys can be dangerous. * Toys that must be plugged into an outlet are inappropriate for children under ten who lack dexterity and electrical understanding for respecting electricity and using electrical toys. Instead, give battery-operated toys to children under ten. * Never give a toy with parts less than 2.5cms in diameter and 5.1cms inches in length to a child under three years old. Small parts present choking hazards. * Treat balloons with respect. Un-inflated or deflated balloons can be choking hazards to children under age 8. Watch children closely if you are giving them balloons, and remove strings or ribbons. * Pull strings should be less than 30cm long. Longer strings present strangulation hazards for babies and toddlers.

Safety in Outdoor Christmas Toys

Older children may desire equipment for outdoor, hot-weather play. Water slides, splash pools, skateboards and scooters all present problems in themselves. Making sure your children understand hot-weather necessities and respect potentially dangerous equipment can go a long way in protecting your children from related injuries. Suggesting the following to older children could help keep them safe in outdoor play:

* Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Ensure your children understand the necessity for sunscreen and the need for hats, covered arms and trying to keep in the shade while they play outside. * Any water activity should always be 100% supervised. If youre having a function allocate one adult to rotate with others at the function to supervise the children for set periods of time. Be aware that alcohol can sometimes distract and skew proper supervision so whomever is supervising needs to keep this in mind. * Children should be at an appropriate developmental level to be able to master their new scoote, trampoline, skateboard or bike. Parental assistance and supervision is a must to ensure this. Make sure the appropriate safety helmets are worn at all times. If children are not skilled enough or mature enough to attempt the sport unsupervised, make sure proper supervision is maintained at all times.

Whether your children are five or fifteen, arming them with age appropriate toys, safety knowledge, and proper supervision can make Christmas toys as joyful, fun, and accident-free as possible. Christmas can remain the most wonderful time of the year for parents and children alike.

 
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