It was the 14th of December and Santa decided to take a break from his busy schedule to join the KiwiOz Kids at their Christmas Party! We laughed, and we sung, we danced, and we played! A special thank you to the lovely Leana at Leana Catherine Photography for capturing the whole morning for us.
From 10am, with Christmas carols on in the background, the children played together in our awesome ball pit, on our colourful tile mats, some even build Lego towers! Then we headed over to our colouring table and started some crazy Santa artworks, others opted for the reindeers! The colouring table shortly after turned into a cupcake decorating stall - which was a massive hit - although we have a feeling they may have been more excited about the cupcakes than the actual decorating (I know we were).
Then was the moment they had all been waiting for, Santa arrived! He 'Ho Ho Ho'd' all the way from the roof, some weren't so sure at first but when they caught wind that Santa had bought bubbles and candy canes they very quickly warmed up to him! One by one the children gathered round and told Santa what it was they were hoping for on Christmas day. Santa took note and said that he would give the message to his Elf's when he got back to the North Pole. Shortly after Santa's arrival he received a message that there was an emergency that he needed to get back to, so on his way he went back to his patiently waiting Reindeer and back to the North Pole!
Take a look at some of the lovely snaps below courtesy of Leana Catherine Photography.
We are SO excited to present to you our winner of Nanny of the Year for 2017 - SASHA MILLAR!!!
Sasha is such a star, and we have loved seeing her grow, and of course the twins, over the last year and a half. Sasha is heavily involved with KiwiOz by regularly attending our events, which we very much appreciate and enjoy having her!
Sasha exhibits every quality that a KiwiOz Nanny should - she is proactive, fun, loving and for all those reason and more Sasha is most definitely deserving of this crown but also the prize on offer - a FREE Travel Talk Tour to either Morocco, Egypt or Turkey!
Now to the nomination, whilst we received many amazing nominations (some of which will be featured in upcoming blogs) it was the nomination from Sasha's nanny family outlining - really confirming what we already know - just how amazing she is, that was the pick of the bunch. It's a bit of a read, but worth it, we admit there may have been a few goose bumps and pulling of heart strings around the office when we read it.
So here goes;
Tell us why you recommend your Nanny. What does she do that is great with the kids? To help you? How is your life better?
Sasha came into our lives when my twins were only three months old and I can’t imagine our lives without her. They are now 20 months old and she’s already our Nanny of the Year, this year and every year! Being a single father is not easy and I simply cannot imagine being able to manage my new business as a theatre producer without her. Often my job requires me to be at the theatre in the evenings and at short notice, and knowing that she is there to be relied upon makes everything possible. She’s become part of the family and nothing is ever too much trouble. To say that Sasha is CONSTANTLY going above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement.
A recent example of this was the incredible support she have me as I was caring for my mum who had terminal cancer. Mum was taken into hospital two days before Christmas and her dying wish was to pass away at home. The hospital allowed her to come home on Christmas Eve which threw my plans for a Christmas with the twins at home in London up in the air. Sasha swung into action and came up to the Midlands (where my mum lived) to ensure that the twins were properly cared for over Christmas, allowing me to make the most of the time I had left with my mum who sadly died a couple of days later. As if things weren’t bad enough coping with my mum’s illness, my daughter Martha was taken into hospital with bronchitis on the same night that my mum passed away. Without blinking, Sasha took care of Martha and stayed with her all night in the hospital until I was able to join her. It was the worst night of my life and I was being pulled in so many directions with the only comfort being that I knew Sasha was there taking as much care of Martha as I would have.
In addition to the hard times, she’s amazing at the fun stuff too - playing with Martha and Barnaby, singing with them and filling their lives with joy and happiness. She takes Barnaby and Martha to ‘mud club’, she reads to them and has numerous other nanny friends and children round to play at my house. She has taught them to say ‘uppy’, when they need to be picked up, ‘snacks’ when they are still hungry, and ‘share’ (an essential part of vocab for any set of twins) and most importantly to love each other. My children were born 10 weeks premature but with the wonderful support, love and dedication to their development that Sasha continues to provide, they have blossomed into the most amazing individuals with truly incredible talents. Martha loves books and Sasha is constantly reading with her. Barnaby is a big fan of hoovers and balls, and Sasha is always playing with them both and encouraging their individual personalities.
Not only is Sasha the most incredible nanny but she is also a terrific housemate. When the kids go to bed we relax, hang out and collapse in front of the TV together. I love having her in my life and this goes someway to explaining what an extraordinary human being she is.
How incredible is that! We are absolutely blown away. Honestly Sasha, you are AMAZING!
We would like to give a special shout out to Travel Talk Tours for sponsoring this incredible competition and offering our Nanny of the Year - Sasha - with such an awesome prize! Stay tuned for some of the crazy deals they have coming up.
Good news is we are continuing our Nanny of the Month competition for 2018! So, if you think your KiwiOz Nanny deserves the recognition and monthly prize pack then get nominating.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!
We have had such a tremendous year, many successful placements, welcoming a great deal of new clients and nannies, four new KiwiOz team members and so much more!
So, for all of those reasons and more we are taking a well-deserved break over the Christmas/ New Year period. Apologies in advance if this causes any inconvenience to you.
KiwiOz will be closed from 3pm Friday 22nd December 2017 and will reopen 9am Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If you require one of our many great nannies for the New Year be sure to contact us prior to closure so that we can get your search underway, otherwise we look forward to hearing from you in 2018.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday and thank you for your continued business and support throughout 2017 - here's to an equally if not better 2018!!!
Lots of love and cheer KiwiOz.
The month of October will see KiwiOz pulling together with the community to raise much needed funds for the Make-A Wish Foundation. On the 27th of October at 10am we will be gathering at Clapham Common for a morning filled with walking, face painting, Halloween dress ups and so much more fun. Everyone is welcome to come along, the more the merrier!
A little bit of an insight from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to bring more awareness to what it is they do -
"Our purpose is simple. We grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
The children we support are often enduring things most of us could never imagine. They’re going through gruelling treatment, endless medical appointments and spending time in hospital away from their home, friends and family. A far cry from the childhood they should be enjoying.
Granting their One True Wish provides seriously ill children with hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their condition. They’re given quality time away from the daily realities of living with their condition and have chance to make magical memories they can treasure forever – whatever their future may hold.
Last year, more than 2,300 seriously ill children turned to us, more than ever before. And with this number constantly growing, we can only grant their wishes with the help of people like you.
We want to transform the lives of 1,000 children this year by granting their One True Wish.
We receive no government funding – so rely on the support of people like you."
To read about any of the wishes that this wonderful foundation has previously granted and similarly what it is your donations will help to achieve click here. If you cannot make it to our KiwiOz Magic Miles you are still able to give, every penny counts, here is the link straight to our donations page.
It was the last day of Summer for 2017 and boy was the sun shining down on Clapham Common, just in time for all our enthusiastic KiwiOz athletes to participate in our annual Sports Carnival. We gathered around 10am and after meeting and greeting the games begun!
First up we had the biggest and brightest parachute games! We made waves with the parachute, created a big storm, played find the reindeer, cat and mouse and even used it as a merry go round. I think this was one of the favourites of the day, there was so many laughs and cheers.
Next was hop scotch and sack races, where our athletes showcased their balancing, and bouncing techniques, some hops gaining tremendous speed and height - we are blown away by the talent displayed at these two events!
Then onto the race that turned heads and had our competetors concentrating like never before, it could only be one - the egg and spoon race.
And finally, after all that jumping, running, concentrating and balancing there was only time left for one game, the game that separated the ducks from the geese. I am not sure how these competitors had anything left in their tanks, but they rose above all odds and what we witnessed was a game that will go down in history as the greatest game of Duck, duck goose that KiwiOz has ever seen.
WOW! What an amazing, fun day that was. We are so grateful for the people who came and made it what it was. All the little ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves and that is the absolute main thing. They even walked away with special KiwiOz sports day certificates to recognise their efforts! One of KiwiOz's favourite days each month is our event day because we get to spend it with you so until next time...
On Thursday 29th June we took our KiwiOz Kids to Vauxhall City Farm for our Monthly KiwiOz Kids Event and what a day it was, just take a look at the pictures!!!
Everyone had such a good day, from kicking around the balls on the nice green grass, to meeting all the animals at the farm - some of the little ones really got into the spirit and posed as piggy's for a photo (see below) - we even had the time to fit in a much deserved morning tea break on the picnic tables we found at the cafe.
Every month we love to give our Nannies and their KiwiOz Kids a chance to meet up and each month we choose somewhere different to do this. It is an opportunity for the children to socialise and make some new friends for the day, and for us all to have a bit of FUN!!!
So if you think you want to be a part of our KiwiOz family and join in on all the fun (trust me there is more) then get in touch today to find out how. We love welcoming newbies and love that our family is forever growing and changing so join us, we want you to be a part of it all.
Last weekend, we were fortunate enough to have been able to volunteer at and be part of Great Ormond Street's Valentines Party, Big Hearts for Little People. Not only this, but we are BEYOND PROUD to have been a sponsor for this incredible event!
The Valentine’s Party is part of a three year initiative to raise £500,000 to fund new ensuite single bedrooms at Great Ormond Street Hospital, offering more privacy and dignity for young patients and their families.
The weekend's event marked the third and final year of the initiative, and we're thrilled to share that they met their target of £500,000!!! Wow wow WOW!!!
Children were entertained with an array of activities including t-shirt printing, model building, fossil digging, jewellery and headband making, cupcake decorating and so much more.
There was also an exclusive opportunity for adult partygoers to bid on the luxury silent auction, which included a ton of amazing items donated by lots of generous businesses who also felt this was a worthy cause. Guests could also buy scratch card raffle tickets, and pledge donations towards specialist equipment at the hospital.
We had a wonderful time helping out at the various activity stands, and look forward to working with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity again in the future. LOVE your work, guys!
We tested our lateral thinking skills at Escape Rooms London yesterday, which was heaps of fun! We were split into two groups and were locked in two separate rooms that we had to try escape from by completing all sorts of puzzles that required us to think .outside of the box'. With this, we had only 60 minutes to escape... luckily both groups managed to escape with only minutes to spare!
Escape Rooms is a super fun activity to do with a group or work team, and really gets the brain juices going. We would highly recommend!
We recently held our KiwiOz Nanny Agency London annual Nanny of the Year and Family of the Year Awards. This was the very first time we hosted these awards, and we are so thrilled to have been able to do this in our brand new office space in Clapham—as it meant we could also celebrate our recent relocation!
It is currently a very exciting time for KiwiOz Nannies London, and we wanted to share this with our wonderful clients and nannies, and to thank them for supporting our company. With this, we thought it was also the perfect time to recognise the fantastic work, passion, dedication and support that our KiwiOz Nannies and Families have shown—resulting in our first ever Nanny of the Year and Family of the Year Awards!
The evening was a great success and we are so pleased that we were able to publicly recognise the incredible work and support our nannies and families have shown. With the help of our fabulous sponsors, it could not have been possible to properly thank our award winners. So a HUGE thank you to our sponsors!
We also want to congratulate (once again)...
Chelsea Harris—our Nanny of the Year. Thank you for all the hard work, dedication, passion, and love you bring to your nanny role. Your KiwiOz Family are so grateful for all that you do, and believe that you are their "real life Nanny McPhee", which we don't doubt for one second!
The Graffius Family—our Family of the Year. Thank you so much for making your nanny's time in London so memorable and special. The support and encouragement you've shown her since she started with you hasn't gone un-noticed, and she feels incredibly lucky to have found you!
Nanny of the Year prize sponsors:
Family of the Year prize sponsors:
Spot prize sponsors:
Also a big thanks to The NZ Cellar and Escence Catering for keeping us hydrated and fed throughout the night—and to Leana Catherine Photography for snapping the action!
And lastly, thank you to everyone who joined us for the evening. We had a wonderful time with you and are already looking forward to next year's awards.
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