Centenary Nannies and Babysitters http://centenarynannies.com.au where children are the #1 priority Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:46:17 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 http://centenarynannies.com.au/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-CentenaryNanniesSiteId-1-32x32.png Centenary Nannies and Babysitters http://centenarynannies.com.au 32 32 109873931 Nanny needed in Paddington http://centenarynannies.com.au/nanny-needed-paddington/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:24:59 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5663 We have a nanny role available for a busy family in Paddington.

The family consists of Mum, Dad, a little girl aged 4.5 and a little boy aged 2.

The nanny will be required to work a minimum of 33 hours per week. The expected days/hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am-6:30pm each day. The family would ideally like the nanny to be available on Mondays and Fridays should they need them so flexibility is a must. This role would be best suited to someone with no other work commitments.

The family are seeking a warm, caring, nurturing and loving nanny who will engage with their children with a variety of age appropriate activities to keep them stimulated and entertained. Visits to the library, local parks and museums are encouraged. The family will also require help with light household duties such as laundry, preparing meals and keeping the home clean and tidy.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a car and licence
  • blue card and first aid certificate
  • experience working with children
  • reliability and flexibility
  • a genuine interest in children and becoming part of a busy family

The start date is Tuesday 11th July but the family are willing to wait for the right candidate. Non smokers only need apply.

Remuneration will be discussed with each individual. You will be paid as an employee for this role.

If you are interested in applying please forward an updated CV along with a cover letter that explains why you would be suitable for this role to hayley@centenarynannies.com.au


Power of positive feedback http://centenarynannies.com.au/positive-feedback/ Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:43:40 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5617 “Never underestimate the power of telling someone that they did a good job” – Carol Pearce

I feel like I am literally floating on air when I receive positive feedback. The feeling can ricochet for days and it makes me feel happy, confident and likely to do my best once more!

I also love to receive and read feedback and compliments from our clients regarding our babysitter’s service. To hear of the work that our team completes, the trust they instil and high level care provided to such precious treasures makes me proud. I enjoy sharing this feedback with our babysitters, who in turn I hope feel happy and proud of themselves!

Please see some positive feedback below!

Well done team!

Hi Rachel

Thank you for checking in.  Carissa was wonderful, on time, caring and experienced.  Thank you and I’m sure you will hear from us again sometime soon.

Hi Rachel,

Yes thank you she was lovely and Charlotte had a great time. It saved the wedding having her there to mind Charlotte in between and around the services. Thanks so much.

Hello Rachel,

She’s brilliant thank you. The kiddies are have been happy when she’d been looking after them, and she does activities with them which is what we are after. Very happy with her!

Hello Rachel

This was our very first time using a professional service to mind the children and our home while we were away. Very happy with Nicole who we found to a wonderful person very professional.

Nicole arrived on time and was a hit with everyone including Barney our dog. There were no issues to report and we look forward to using your service in the near future for some parents time out.

I would highly recommend this service to others and have already mentioned it at work

Thank you.


positive feedback

Board Games http://centenarynannies.com.au/board-games/ Mon, 29 May 2017 03:08:29 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5602 Board games are a great way for the family to interact and spend quality time together. They are a perfect indoor activity suitable for the whole family. If you are looking for something to do with the kids on a Friday night or on a rainy Sunday, why not play a board game or two.

My favourite board games are:

  1. Snakes & Ladders
  2. Guess Who
  3. Monopoly
  4. Cludeo
  5. Boggle
  6. Yahtzee
  7. Uno
  8. Pictionary
  9. Scrabble
  10. Connect Four
  11. Trouble
  12. Twister
  13. Mouse Trap
  14. Operation
  15. Jenga

    Board Games


    ]]> 5602 Playdough Recipe http://centenarynannies.com.au/playdough-recipe/ Mon, 22 May 2017 01:57:03 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5564 Looking around our local shopping mall the other day I was astounded by the number of pre-made synthetic types of playdough are available. Whilst I understand the convenience and attraction to these pre-made versions, I couldn’t help but wonder if consumers are aware of how easy and little time it takes to actually make your own at home?

    I have shared one of my favorite recipes and ideas below:

    Homemade low toxic playdough recipe:

    • 2 cup buckwheat or plain flour
    • 1 cup salt
    • 1 tbs olive or coconut oil
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 2 drops liquid food coloring (or the juice of bright colored vegetables e.g. carrot, beetroot, orange).
    • Combine plain flour and salt.
    • Add water, food coloring and olive/coconut oil.
    • Mix until all ingredients are combined.
    • Knead well.

    Tip – If consistency is too wet add a little more flour until it resembles and feels like store bought playdough.

    Playdough ideas:

    • toy creatures
    • straws
    • rolling pins, plastic knives, scissors, pizza cutters
    • cupcake cases in different sizes
    • coloured and natural feathers
    • pine cones, sticks, bark, leaves
    • muffin tins, egg cartons, chocolate boxes
    • small cups and shot glasses
    • alphabet, number and shape cookie cutters
    • pasta shapes
    • shells
    • buttons
    • glass pebbles
    • toy vehicles
    • wooden letters and numbers
    • fabric, netting and ribbons
    • match sticks and lolly sticks

    Playdough Recipe



    Family Friendly Markets http://centenarynannies.com.au/markets/ Mon, 15 May 2017 23:37:20 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5558 Planning an outing for the family? Why not head to the markets for some tasty food & produce, entertainment, arts & crafts, house & garden, fashion & jewellery or health & wellness. Each market offers something different but are all worth the visit.


    • Eat Street markets – The ultimate foodie extravaganza, Eat Street is a world of food vendors set in converted shipping containers. Located in Hamilton, Brisbane. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.eatstreetmarkets.com for more information.


    • Night Quarter – A festival every weekend featuring night markets, micro-restaurants and a unique live music space. Located in Helensvale. Open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm-10pm. Visit www.nightquarter.com.au for more information and to see what’s on.


    • Eumundi markets – Australia’s premier artisan market located on the Sunshine Coast. Open on Saturdays from 7am-2pm and Wednesdays from 8am-1:30pm. Visit www.eumundimarkets.com.au for more information and to see what’s on.


    • Riverside markets – Brisbane’s Riverside markets have been a popular gathering for locals and tourists for over 22 years. Home to dozens of market stalls selling quality local and imported handcrafts, food & beverage vendors and street performers. Open every Sunday from 7am-3pm. Visit www.riversidemarkets.com.au for more information.


    • Boundary Street markets – Delicious sweet and savoury delights from around the world, kids area, cold beer, music and more. Located in West End, Brisbane. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm-10pm. Visit www.boundarystreetmarkets.com.au for more information.


    • The Collective markets – These markets offer a wide variety of stalls including arts & crafts, homewares, fashion, jewellery, candles and more. Located in South Bank, Brisbane. Open Fridays 5pm-10pm, Saturdays 10am-9pm and Sundays 9am-4pm. Visit www.collectivemarkets.com.au for more information.


    Family Friendly MarketsFamily Friendly Markets


    No Spend Weekend Challenge http://centenarynannies.com.au/nospendweekendchallenge/ Wed, 10 May 2017 02:40:25 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5550 I have set myself a challenge of a “No spend weekend” With all these public holidays I am certainly feeling the pinch in the wallet. These days it can seem like every time you walk outside the door the wallet gets lighter and lighter….This got me thinking….. Do we  really have to live our lives this way? Can we not enjoy ourselves and feel occupied without opening up the Mimco wallet?  I do not doubt that spending is essential at times but I do wonder how much of my spending is incidental and at times quite unnecessary? I am sure I am not alone with this!

    With the former in mind I have decided to give a “No spend weekend” a try. I have researched minimalist and frugal homesteading websites, FREE ways to enjoy the weekend and you know what? It is actually not that hard in theory. I am going to give it a good go this weekend.   Check out some ideas I have on my “No spend weekend” list below:

    1. Attend FREE music/movies in the park or at a market.
    2. Go to a park and have a picnic using some of the food you already had at home.
    3. Read a book.
    4. Paint, draw, colour in with the kids.
    5. Rearrange your bedroom furniture.
    6. De-clutter and get some sellable items together to hold a garage sale.
    7. Visit a FREE museum.
    8. Go to the beach with the family.
    9. My favourite…Sit outside under the stars with a blanket and hot chocolate.
    10. Go for a family walk around the neighbourhood.
    11. Cook a yummy meal together.
    12. Get out some of the old Dvd’s that have been on the shelf for a while and revisit a classic movie.
    13. Crank some music and have a dance around the house!
    14. Sit outside in the sunshine and inhale some fresh air.
    15. DIY something like an old chair, coffee table or set of draws! Get creative with the help of sites such as Pinterest for example.

      no spend weekend

      ]]> 5550 Easter Games http://centenarynannies.com.au/easter-games/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:38:01 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5439 Easter is a time for family, friends, fun and, of course, eating lots of chocolate! Have you thought of playing any Easter games with your family and friends this Easter? Here are some great Easter games.

      Easter Egg Hunt

      Classic game that can be enjoyed by all ages! Place eggs around the home and yard and watch with delight as your friends and family hunt down their Easter egg treats.

      Spoon Races

       Like with the Easter egg rolling game, you must mark out a start and finishing line. Then give your participants a spoon (think large kitchen spoon) and an egg to put on their spoon – I prefer to use actual chicken eggs as this one can get very fun and messy! The participants have to race to the finish line while balancing their egg on the spoon!  The person that makes it to the finish line with their egg in one piece is the winner! More chocolate eggs please!

      Easter Egg Rolling

      This one is a lot of fun! All you need to do is mark a starting line and a finishing line then have your participants roll their eggs from the first line to the second line. The player who manages to roll their egg closest to the finishing line, with their egg uncracked is the winner! More chocolate is the prize!
      Easter games

      Savoury Popcorn http://centenarynannies.com.au/savoury-popcorn/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:37:30 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5419 We’ve given you the sickly sweet popcorn magic in our previous blog. Now it is time to enjoy the delights of scrumptious savoury popcorn. These savoury popcorns are sure to please your non-sweet palette.

      Movie Theatre Classic Corn

      Melt 1 stick of butter in a small saucepan over low heat, skimming off the foam and solids; drizzle over 16 cups hot popcorn and toss with 2 teaspoons salt.  savoury popcorn

      Peanut Butter Popcorn

      Mix and melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with the same amount of powdered peanut butter, then pour over as much popcorn as you desire and toss to perfection! Place on baking paper and bake until slightly toasty – depending on oven, minutes may be enough.

      Rosemary & Thyme Savoury Popcorn

      Savoury popcorn is fragrant and tasty. It reminds me of baked potatoes, yet it is popcorn which I believe could be a preferred option for the carb counters as long as they don’t use butter as part of the recipe mix! It is a relatively easy recipe to follow and make because all you need to do is melt either coconut oil or butter (you decide the amount) along with salt, rosemary and thyme seasoning to taste. Then drizzle combined seasoning over cooked popcorn kernels, stir to complete and you are now ready to EAT.

      Now it’s time to pick a movie to watch. Please see our blog The Best Kids Movies of All Time

      The Best Kids Movies of all time http://centenarynannies.com.au/the-best-kids-movies-of-all-time/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:53:52 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5411 If you’re planning a family movie night there are so many old classics that the whole family can enjoy. I have come up with a list that in my opinion are the best kids movies of all time. Check them out and see if you agree.


      The best kids movies of all time:


      1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
      2. Annie
      3. Dumbo
      4. Mary Poppins
      5. The Sound of Music
      6. Pinocchio
      7. The Goonies
      8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      9. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
      10. Cinderella
      11. Little Women
      12. Babe
      13. The Neverending Story
      14. Matilda
      15. The Secret Garden
      16. A Little Princess
      17. Bambi
      18. Charlotte’s Web
      19. The Wizard of Oz
      20. The Jungle Book
      21. Peter Pan
      22. Curly Sue
      23. The Princess Bride
      24. Milo and Otis
      25. The Little Rascals


      Don’t forget that all good movie nights should include popcorn! Please check out our blog Popcorn Magic for some delicious popcorn flavours.

      The best kids movies of all timeThe best kids movies of all time

      Sweet Popcorn Magic http://centenarynannies.com.au/popcorn-magic-three-fun-flavours/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:57:54 +0000 http://centenarynannies.com.au/?p=5400 Sweet popcorn magic – three fun flavours for all the family to enjoy!

      I love popcorn, and although it is not something our family eats often, when we do decide to indulge we always want to do it well! There are countless variations of toppings you can add to popcorn and it really depends on whether you are a sweet or savoury (or both!) family. I am a sweet girl (inside and out!), so I always go for one of the following gourmet sweet popcorn flavours, which are by no means diet friendly! For my savoury lovers out there, don’t worry, I have put up my top three savoury flavours in another post!

      Cookies and Cream

      Warm 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat; drizzle over 12 cups hot popcorn. Toss with 4 cups lightly crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos).

      Cinnamon Sugar

      Drizzle 6 tablespoons melted butter over 12 cups hot popcorn; toss with 4 cups cinnamon cereal (such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch), 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt.

      Rocky Road

      Whisk 5 tablespoons melted butter with 2 teaspoons each vanilla extract and salt; drizzle over 16 cups hot popcorn. Toss with 2 cups each mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and toasted pecans. Spread on baking sheets and bake at 200 degrees celsius until the marshmallows and chocolate are slightly melted, about 2 minutes.  Popcorn magic