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  1. Plan the route and double check that you are clear on where you are going.

  2. Be on time.

  3. Bring a folder containing your documents and references.

  4. Prep in your mind how you might answer questions. Practice before hand.

  5. Preparation is key- read up on the role and ensure you have plenty of information about the family.

  6. Interact with the children.

  7. Think of insightful questions to ask the family.

  8. Be polite, professional and let your personality shine.

  9. Make an effort to look presentable.

  10. Ask the agency for further useful advice.

1. We can't stress enough how important it is that you research where the family home is located. Don't agree to an interview without being aware of how long the journey will take, which bus you need to get, or the route if you are driving. It is always worth asking us before hand, especially if the role is local, if we can advise on any short cuts, or which bus/train you may need to get.

2. It goes without saying that you should always leave time to spare when travelling ,to allow for traffic or transport delays. It does not bode well if you are late to an interview. You do not want to give the family a bad first impression. Employers want to feel confident that you will be there when they have to catch their train in the morning, and again at school pick up!

3. Parent(s) do not always ask to see your documents but it is best to be prepared just in case. They sometimes like to have a quick read through of a reference, or feel re-assured seeing your paediatric first aid certificate.

4. We can offer help with interview questions and techniques. Have a practice at home by getting someone to ask you some questions.

Be prepared.

5. Check that you have lots of information about the role you are being interviewed for. It always looks more professional if you can greet their children by their first names for example.

6. If the children are there then please talk/play/interact with them. It is an ideal opportunity to show the family just how fabulous you are with children. It also gives a further opportunity to ask questions about them. Do what you would normally do, even if thats getting onto the floor and having a play.

7. Parents are always impressed if you have done your homework and ask questions such as "when does -- turn 3" " Are they looking forward to going to -- school"

8. Always be polite and courteous. Ask the family if you should remove your shoes on arrival for example.

Remember to thank the family at the end of the interview also. Turn your mobile phone off!

Be yourself, relax and just talk about your love of children.

9. Please don't attend your interview with wet hair or a huge ladder in your tights. Make an effort to look presentable, clean and tidy.

10. We can advise further on interview tips and even help you practice. Just ask!


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  • Clara Pryke

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

With the impending birth of Megan Markle and Prince Harry's second child, it leads us to wonder what name the baby will be given. So far this year, we have seen several royal births.

Zara Tindall, the Queens eldest granddaughter gave birth to a Lucas, and Princess Eugenie had a son named August.Both popular and adorable names.

When my eldest was born in the mid 90's, there were no Chloe's around and it was quite a trendy name. Fast forward into the early 2000's and it was top of the popularity list. At the time my Chloe was nearly a Harriet - a favoured name at the time, but was often mistakingly called Cleo. (I rather like that name as it happens).

My son however remained the only Gabriel throughout his school years.

So just what names are trending for 2021?

We did some research and came up with these top ten favourite's voted by the public (with one or two we rather like!).


  1. Charlie

  2. Frankie

  3. Harper

  4. Jesse

  5. River

  6. Morgan

  7. Peyton

  8. Winter

  9. Ash

  10. Bailey


  1. Jackson

  2. Logan

  3. Caden

  4. Liam

  5. Noah

  6. Oliver

  7. Elijah

  8. William

  9. Kobe

  10. Lucas


  1. Olivia

  2. Ava

  3. Emma

  4. Sophia

  5. Ivy

  6. Nova

  7. Ada

  8. Esme

  9. Mabel

  10. Flora

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  • HCA Blogs . Clare Pryke

In a past teaching job, a highlight of the day for me was getting out my singing

Sack at circle time . This was basically a white pillowcase that I had drawn crotchets and quavers on, and filled with my children’s toys (I did ask them first!).

This activity can be enjoyed at home with your children, nursery or charges.

Simply find a pillowcase and draw your musical notes/symbols on , whatever you

choose. It would be nice to involve your child by getting them to help you look for

objects/toys around the house. Fill your singing sack and hey presto!.

Ask your child to close their eyes and pull out one object. On doing so sing a nursery

rhyme that it corresponds to. Sing songs you both know or introduce a new one.

Extend their learning and sensory experiences by describing the sounds,- are they fast, slow, loud, quiet etc. Listen to a wide range,and genres of music. Allow your child to use ' technology’ for e.g, a c.d player, so they can choose what to listen to – as many times as they like (maybe not as you like), make instruments using junk modelling, and experiment with sound. Have fun making simple rhythmic patterns!

Count whilst keeping a beat, and repeating sequences. Or incorporate two claps,

two head taps, etc.

Be spontaneous!

These activities cover one of the areas of learning and development set out within

the EYFS.

Expressive arts and design – using media & materials.

~ Go find some toys & objects. And have a good sing song ! ~


Worm There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden

Sheep/lamb Baa Baa Black sheep/ Baa Baa White sheep

Teapot I’m a Little Teapot

Spider Incy Wincy

Bowl/spoon Little Miss Muffet

Fish Slippery fish/ 1 2 3 4 5 Once I caught a fish

Crocodile Look at the terrible crocodile I oh I oh I oh

Star Twinkle Twinkle

Bus Wheels on the bus

Car I’m driving in my car

Shark Baby shark do do do do do do

Boat Row row row your boat

Frogs Five green and speckled frogs

Mouse Hickory dickory dock

Doll Miss Polly had a dolly

Sun symbol Sun has got his hat on

Ducks 5 Little ducks went swimming one day

Rabbit Sleeping bunnies.

Frying pan 5 fat sausages

Flannel This is the way we wash our face ( Mulberry bush tune)

Bun 5 currant buns in the bakers shop

Glove Tommy thumb

Cow Hey diddle diddle

Rainmaker I hear thunder

Rubber hammer Peter hammer's with 1 hammer

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