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Many nannies have shared troubling stories of being swindled by scammers.

While some have unfortunately lost money, others have managed to steer clear of these traps.

How do the scammers Operate?

  • Scammers post on social media and job-matching platforms, pretending they are looking for a nanny.

  • These postings often lack crucial details about the job, such as location and responsibilities, yet promise good wages.

  • Once communication is established, scammers swiftly arrange meetings, at their residence, which is just a random address.

  • They create a sense of urgency, urging nannies to rush over immediately, claiming emergencies.

  • Scammers fabricate emergencies, pressuring nannies into making purchases, like groceries and gift cards, such as App Store cards.

  • They demand instant photos of the card codes.

  • Any resistance or suggestion of alternative payment methods, like TWINT, is met with hostility and rudeness.

Stay Alert!

  • Be cautious of job offers lacking specific details.

  • Verify the legitimacy of potential employers before committing to meetings or transactions.

  • Prioritize safety by meeting in public places or use seco licensed agencies for initial discussions.

  • Trust your instincts – if something feels off, proceed with caution.

  • Avoid transactions involving gift cards.

 Let's work together to safeguard our community against financial exploitation!

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Blue Monday, the supposed most depressing day of the year, has become a topic of conversation in recent years. And for nannies, who often spend their days caring for others, it is important to remember to take care of ourselves too. The job of a nanny can be demanding, both physically and emotionally, and it is essential to prioritize self-care and mental health to avoid burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The Swiss Nanny Association's Guide to Mental Health:

Setting boundaries

It is essential to set realistic expectations for yourselve and not take on more than you can handle. This includes learning to say "no" when necessary and delegating tasks when possible. Setting boundaries also includes setting aside time for yourselve and making sure you have a support system in place.

Making time for activities that bring joy

This can include anything from reading a book, going for a walk, or practicing yoga. It's essential to make time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and recharge.

Also take care of your physical health by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and engaging in regular exercise. This not only helps to maintain physical health but also contributes to overall mental well-being.

Seek support when needed

This can include talking to a therapist, confiding in a friend, or joining a support group.

Being a nanny can be challenging, and seeking support can make a big difference in your mental health.

Another way you can take care of your mental health is by practicing mindfulness.

It can help you to be more aware of your own thoughts and emotions, which can help to better manage stress. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga can be helpful in reducing stress and promoting well-being.

Be aware of the signs of mental health issues

This includes being aware of symptoms such as persistent sadness, anxiety, changes in behavior or sleep patterns, and difficulty coping with stress. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or the families you care for, it's important to seek professional help.

You have a unique opportunity to promote mental well-being in the families you care for

This includes encouraging healthy habits such as regular exercise, nutritious meals, and adequate sleep. We can also help families establish positive discipline techniques to encourage appropriate behavior in children, while also promoting their self-esteem and self-worth.

Nannies can help families create a nurturing and stimulating environment that promotes children's cognitive, emotional and social develop

This includes providing educational activities and encouraging children to express themselves in healthy ways. You can also serve as role models for children, demonstrating healthy coping strategies, positive communication, and problem-solving techniques.

It is also important to help the children understand the importance of self-care and stress management techniques.

Nannies can also provide education and resources about mental health services that are available in the community.

It is essential to set realistic expectations for yourselve and not take on more than you can handle. This includes learning to say "no" when necessary and delegating tasks when possible. Setting boundaries also includes setting aside time for yourself and making sure you have a support system in place.We encourage all nannies to sign up and join the SNA community. Let's work together to promote self-care and mental health f

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The holidays are a wonderful time for giving and sharing, but sometimes it can be hard to do everything we would like within our budget.

The following are eight ways you can support us without opening your wallet!

1. Support our mission:

Raise professional standards by promoting legal employment and quality in home childcare.

  • Refuse jobs that are not 100% legal

  • Declared work.. always

2. Volunteer

SNA has no paid staff - we only exists because of the incredible amount of time given by so many volunteers!

3. Volunteer your skills

Consider volunteering your specific skill set

4. Use Shopdonation

Shopdonation will send a portion of your purchase revenue to SNA!

5. Non-monetary donations

You might also have items sitting around unused in your home that you can donate without spending money! We are especially happy with arts and crafts material, childcare books for our library and clothes. We will organise a clothes sale again in 2023

6. Write a review and give us feedback

7. Share / Like our posts on social media

Tell your friends about us! Follow our social media and share our posts.

8. Encourage others to join our Association

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