Top 3 reasons to use a professional agency to hire a nanny

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1. Peace of Mind. Hiring a nanny is undoubtedly the most important hire you are ever going to make. Using a professional agency like Diamond to hire a nanny will give you peace of mind that you are selecting the right fit for your family. Agencies typically have a network of professional nannies and handle all of the recruitment, sourcing, screening and matching for you. A thorough screening and matching process will give you confidence that your loved ones will be safe, secure and in the hands of a professional you can TRUST. 2. Compliance. When hiring a nanny there is...

Why Early Childhood Educators should consider being a Nanny

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Why Early Childhood Educators should consider a career in Nannying Although childcare costs in Toronto are skyrocketing, Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) are not getting paid much. ECEs typically work in public and private daycares and schools. They are passionate about childcare and development and molding young minds to become leaders of the future generation. But ECEs are earning on average, $25,000-47,000 gross a year which is often not enough to support daily living expenses including student loans and rent in major cities.  Wages for ECE’s in daycares typically stay low as running a center has increasing costs for rent,...

Driving Nannies and Caregivers

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Are you thinking of hiring a driving nanny or caregiver for your family? This can be a great option to help with running errands, taking to appointments/ activities, doing pickups and drop offs, and more. While most families provide a vehicle for their caregivers to use, other families rely on the caregiver to provide a vehicle. In this scenario Diamond recommends fairly compensating your caregiver for their gas and mileage. How do you do this? The CRA has published automobile allowance rates, which makes it easy for employers to calculate and reimburse for mileage. This information is updated on a...

Nanny service tips for traveling with your nanny

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Are you planning on taking a vacation in the near future? Has this made you wonder if there are any special requirements for you to bring your nanny on vacation? As Canada's best nanny service, we get this question all the time and we wanted to share our travel tips with you. By the end of this article, you will have gained valuable insight on what it takes to travel with your nanny.

Nanny Service Tip #1: Be Clear on Expectations

What is it that you expect from your caregiver while on vacation? Is it business as usual? Or will things be...

Soft Skills: The Missing Pieces

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Soft Skills: The Missing Pieces What is a Soft Skill? We all know about hard skills: reading, writing, typing, etc. These are the technical skills that you learn in school and from different experiences throughout life. For example, if you were a housekeeper, your hard skills might be: cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry. You know it takes much more than that to have a successful career as a Housekeeper. But have you ever tried to define these seemingly intangible qualities? This is where the term Soft Skills becomes important. The dictionary defines Soft Skills as “personal attributes that enable someone to...