On Thursday the 28th of June we met with some spectacular KiwiOz Nannies at Hullabaloo in West Hampstead for a morning of fun and play. The children enjoyed the soft play equipment with climbing, slides and a ball pit! The KiwiOz Nannies enjoyed the chance to have a cup of coffee and chat with other Nannies whilst watching the kids have a ball.
Our favourite part of the day was when Natasha read the children a story and then the children had a chance to read it back to us. What clever kids we have at KiwiOz!
We are really loving the great little community of nannies we are building in the northern area. Nannies are creating new friendships and the children are loving their new little buddies.
We can't wait for our next KiwiOz Kids event... I wonder what adventures we will get up to this month? If you would like to get involved or have some great ideas then make sure to stay up to date with our KiwiOz Nannies Facebook page.
First, check out (some of) our KiwiOz Kids crew - aren't they awesome! We loved having them around to the office at the end of March for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, they were all so well behaved, very artistic and a wee bit competitive when it came to the hunt.
On Thursday the 29th we invited our KiwiOz family to come over for a morning of play, craft and fun!
In preparation for the Easter Egg hunt planned for later we of course had to decorate our baskets -
All that art was making us hungry though and we knew later in the hunt we would need all that we had, so to build our energy levels back up it was fruit break time, oh and a sneaky dance break too!
When time came for the hunt you couldn't round these guys up quick enough, they were ready to go from the moment they walked through the door that morning. So, newly decorated baskets in hand and off they went - it was crazy, it was every man for themselves and not one egg was left 'un-hunted'.
A special thank you once again to the incredibly talented Leana Catherine for joining us at our KiwiOz Kids Event for March - and how lucky that it was our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
It's that time of the year again where the Easter Bunny creeps back into town and hides all the Easter eggs for our KiwiOz Kids! Our morning will be filled with lots of fun, treats and craft and we would love it if you could come along.
On Thursday 29th March, from 10am in our office (Unit 1F Clapham North Business Centre, 26 - 32 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH) we will all start to arrive, meet and greet, catch up etc. There will be tea, coffee, biccies and fruit provided for a mid-morning snack. Then the kiddies - and you too if you wish - get crafty with some Easter themed activities including make own basket (to use for our hunt of course), and egg decorating to take home and show the family just a glimpse of the fun you had! Then the much-anticipated moment - THE HUNT!
We are so looking forward to this KiwiOz Kids Event and hope you are too!
Disclosure: we do take photos at our KiwiOz Kids events, in fact we have the lovely Leana Catherine stopping by. These photos may be distributed to Facebook and other social media apps, newsletters etc. as well as our website. By clicking attending you are agreeing to these terms. If your family has instructed you otherwise, please do contact us prior to the event.
Travel Talk Tour's All-In-One Travel Show!
Last month KiwiOz Nannies were given the opportunity by our Nanny of the Year Sponsors and partners Travel Talk Tours to attended their All-In-One Travel Show! We had such a great day mingling with the Kiwi/Oz community in London, it gave us the chance to meet up with some of our current nannies and get to know some potential candidates. Whilst Travel Talk definitely did their bit with crazy discounted tours we didn't want to miss out on the chance for a giveaway either, one lucky winner of ours walked away with a £50 Topshop voucher, Nicole Porima - others enjoyed delicious 'KiwiOz' cupcakes from Crumbs and Doilies and those unlucky on the spinning wheel, well a dearly missed spoon of vegemite for them - mwahaha. Thanks for having us Travel Talk - see you at the next one!
Then in the month of March, KiwiOz was invited to attend the Y-Travel show hosted by Kiwi's in London, which was also a very fun, positive event! Again we were able to give out some goodies, this time we bought Tim Tams (yummm) and another £50 Topshop voucher, which was taken out by Amalie Walker!
Thanks again to Travel Talk Tours and Kiwi's in London for having us, see you next time!
Massive shout out to our Valtenines Party competition winners - Chris, Martha and Barnaby!
Over the last couple of weeks KiwiOz gave our nannies the chance to enter their KiwiOz families into the draw to win tickets to the Great Ormond Street Charity Valentine's Party - Big Hearts for Little People valued at £500!
We met up with the trio on the day to see what they were getting up to and boy were they having fun, from biscuit decorating to balloon walls and all the bits in between, Martha and Barnaby (and Chris) were definitely making the most of it - we are so glad you could make it.
It was such a fun day and all in aid of a new specialised building for Sight and Sound at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), stay tuned for more ins and outs of the day and how it unfolded.
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.
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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