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Delving into the role of the gamekeeper The countryside plays an important part in all our lives. No one knows this better than perhaps the gamekeeper, employed for centuries to oversee its general health: To sustain its growth, and conserve and preserve and manage its wildlife. Astonishingly, if you times the amount of land in Britain’s nature reserves and National Parks by nine, then you get some idea of the a

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REPRESENTING THE PERFECT CANDIDATE

CVs and résumés At Eden, we spend a lot of time fact checking CVs and résumés. Our clients know we can cherry pick from the highest calibre of private staff on their behalf in order to deliver impeccable standards of service and integrity. If you are a candidate looking to register with us at Eden, it will help us enormously if your CV/résumé is complete and current. Your CV/résumé is the first thing we at

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Searching For A New Nanny – Spot The Early Warning Signs

Finding the perfect nanny can be a worrying process for you and for your children. For you, it is entirely possible that endless advertising and interviewing could potentially result in an ill-considered choice – simply because it’s stressful and exhausting searching for that one perfect candidate. For the children, having another significant adult organising their lives can be stressful too; after all, it

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A BASIC GUIDE TO HYGIENE

Whether that’s personal or food related, maintaining a stringent level of hygiene is essential when working in the private sector THE SAFE HANDLING & STORAGE OF FOOD If you happen to be taking a food delivery, do remember to check date codes on the produce that arrives. Also check the condition of the food itself; use sense and look for any signs of mould or indeed smell for any unsavoury odour. Also highligh

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Coping with Sibling Rivalry

Even when your children get along really well there are still going to be moments of sibling rivalry; tempers rise and suddenly you find yourself with a battle on your hands. Personality clashes can erupt over anything and generally occur totally out of the blue. Jealousy is usually the greatest cause of rivalry and it can be triggered by a perceived lack of attention or may centre around particular toys and clothe

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Preparing For A Holiday With Your Nanny

Whilst envisaging any forthcoming holiday many of us will probably be blissfully focussing on endless sandy beaches, calming cool breezes and evenings spent sipping exotic cocktails and sampling local delicacies. However, if your family consists of two fraught and overworked adults and one or more children you might well be about to embark on a hectic roller coaster ride of mayhem. Younger children, in particular,

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Teaching your child to be safe – Part Two

The goal here is to instill safety without creating fear… As we previously discussed in the previous blog on this topic, becoming a parent is a wonderful experience but it can be fraught with fears, and none more so than fear for the safety of our beloved children. However, our fears can transfer to our offspring and make them even more nervous than necessary. However much we feel the need to protect them fro

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SILVER SERVICE – All you need to know

Silver service originated in the upper class estates of 19th century Britain and to this day continues as a practice that brings a sense of class to formal occasions. It is the term given to the skilled serving of food from a platter using a spoon and fork to seated guests at a table, and is a technique requiring much practice and dexterity. Plates, platters and service cutlery must be spotless and waiting staff sh

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Teach Your Child To Be Safe – Part One

Why our children need to experience freedom Once we have had children our lives will never be the same again, and for a multitude of reasons. One of the greatest stresses of being a parent is the worry; we worry about our children’s progress, their health, their happiness and most of all we worry about their safety and it’s not just about protecting them from the usual dangers such as deep water, fast cars and

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BEAT THE HEAT & sleep though the night

With the UK reportedly in the midst of the longest heat wave in 20 years, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep! As such, Eden talked to SleepyPeople.com about their 15 top tips on How To Sleep At Night During Extreme Hot Weather 1) Take a cold water bottle to bed Flip the conventions of a hot water bottle and make it a seasonal one. Fill up your hot water bottle with cold water, put it in the

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10 Ways to Entertain Kids During the Holidays

The school holidays can be a blessing or a bind depending on your perspective; for a working parent it can be difficult to take extended leave or to organise quality child-minding for an extensive period of time. However, if you have the time to simply kick back and enjoy your children it could be the perfect opportunity to relax and reconnect with your offspring. Arranging some new activities is always a great way

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Raise Kind and Compassionate Children

We all want our children to be kind, caring, loving and respectful towards others. Generally speaking, children learn to care about their family and their friends by observing the world around them from a very early age. So how do we teach our little ones to have love and respect for someone outside of their immediate circle; a new classmate who doesn’t speak their language, has a different skin tone or a disabil

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A HELPING HAND

Whether it be your own health that suffers, or a member of staff that is sick; we can all face unforeseen difficulties from time to time and finding replacement help or someone to come in at the drop of a hat, isn’t always easy… Health wise, 2017 didn’t get off to a good start for me. I coughed from the start of January through to March. I visited the GP just in time for a chest infection diagnosis. A high te

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THE EDEN INTERVIEW

Would you, could you, should you… be a Night Nanny? One of the greatest aspects of writing for Eden is finding out about how some of the private staff we have placed are getting on. Here we speak to Georgia Grace Hall about her role as a night nanny. We began by asking… How did you end up in this particular line of work? I had worked as a nanny for years. My vast experience led to taking jobs abroad where I so

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All Hail The Travel Journal

Holidays and weekend breaks are a fabulous way to spend quality time enjoying your family and can be a welcome break from work and school for all concerned. However, sometimes it’s quite hard to look back and remember, in detail, the fun that everyone had and that is why I like to encourage the whole family, particularly the young, to keep a travel journal. There are lots and lots of valid reasons for encouraging

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Recognising Dyslexia

Dyslexia affects an estimated 15-20% of people, to differing degrees, and is a learning disorder which is categorised by a difficulty with reading and spelling. Individuals, undiagnosed but suffering from dyslexia, generally struggle with a conflict between their actual ability and how much they achieve; they do learn, but the way in which their brains process information is different to the majority of people. Oft

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EDEN’S GIVING AWAY 50 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE LONDON ART & ANTIQUES FAIR, OLYMPIA

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns for its 25th year this year giving art and antique enthusiasts the chance to purchase often never displayed pieces from some of the best dealers in the UK.  Running from 26th June until 2nd July it is heralded a key event in the London art calendar. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a pair of free tickets worth £40, then email us: Marketing@edenprivat

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What Makes a Great Children’s Book

Children who take an interest in books at a very young age often go on to become prolific readers in later life. I have often sat in low lighting on the bedroom floor reading away, long after my children have left for the land of nod, engrossed in a wonderful story! If you are an avid reader yourself it is very likely that you will still recall the details of your most beloved tales from your childhood but it’s r

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FUTURE ACADEMIC SUCCESS – PART 1

Heathrow Airport launched a new initiative this month, highlighting the need to encourage Britain’s children to learn a second language. A new survey of over 2,000 UK adults with children under 18, found that kids up and down the country aren’t making the most of the opportunities languages present them with. Nearly one in five children (19%) are not interested in learning new languages while one in ten (10%) s

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6 Ways to beat Anxiety

Many of us suffer from varying levels of anxiety at some point in our lives but quite often we fail to recognise the symptoms; stress over work, money or family matters are some of the main things that can turn a little general background worry into a sudden and extremely frightening panic. Often we don’t even know what caused it or how to deal with it. For some people, anxiety can become so frequent or so extrem

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