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Welcome to Melbourne’s Leading Nanny Agency
"Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency" is owned and operated by a passionate Mother-Daughter team, Annie Sargood and Chris Sargood. They initially launched in 1999 and were called "Armadale Sitters" but have recently changed their name to "Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency". Originally the whole project was set up as a hobby however, over time they found the demand for Nannies and Babysitters was so great that they set themselves the challenge of becoming "Melbourne's leading in-home care provider". And with in a short period of time they considered themselves to be one of the top agencies in Melbourne and now lead the way in customer service and the quality of care provided.
They have proudly accepted "two business excellence awards from Stonnington Council" and are Australia's ONLY Nanny Agency to be associated with "The Australian Council for Children & Youth Organizations" (who strive to protect children) which was established in 2001 with the goal of developing standards and a transparent accreditation process for organizations working with children and young people. Annie has been nominated for "Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards" she didn’t win but her Mum Chris thinks she is a winner and that is what counts.
Chris and Annie pride themselves in providing exemplary in home care, providing only carers that they would have care for their own families. They understand the pressures and needs of life. They can help you "Find a Babysitter", "Find a Nanny", "Find a Cleaner", "Find a Housekeeper", Mothercraft Nurse, After School Carer or Mothers Help.
Annie has 3 amazing children plus several pets and a crazily busy household. She works hard here at Melbourne’s Leading Nanny Agency (formerly "Armadale Sitters") whilst managing a busy household and home, but insists on having a social life as well as being a mum and has used many of the wonderful Nannies and Babysitters available. You can count on her to lend an empathetic ear and troubleshoot to find a solution.
Chris is a mother, grandmother and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel fanatic. She hand picks the carers that represent her agency and really cares about the clients, their families and the carers that make Melbourne’s Leading Nanny Agency (formerly Armadale Sitters) what it is today.
Why use Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency?
Because we care!!!!
- We would prefer to say that we can not help at this time rather than send you an inappropriate Nanny, Babysitter, Cleaner, Housekeeper, Mother Craft Nurse, After School Carer or Mothers Helper.
- We like to sleep at night and strive to provide carers that meet all of your in home care requirements.
- We mediate with integrity and provide exemplary service at affordable and competitive prices.
- Just take a look at our testimonials section to see the letters, notes and cards of many happy families and carers that have used our services.
Just pick up the phone and trust that we will do everything that we can to help with your domestic in home care requirements.
WE CARE, WE MIND, WE CLEAN
A MESSAGE FROM “Melbourne’s Leading Nanny Agency" Est 1999 - CEO Annie Sargoo
Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency Media Release
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT NANNY PILOT PROGRAM
It is a very exciting time for the previously self regulated nanny industry.
Although reputable nanny agencies are regulated as per the Australian Nanny Association guidelines, it is wonderful to know that the Abbott Government is wanting to put formal guidelines in place, that will bring the 'in home care' industry standards more in line with the 'centre based childcare' industry. Both 'centre based' and 'in home' child care are extremely different entities and the parameters in which they operate will need to be treated that way, which is why Minister Scott Morrison, is very carefully assessing the needs and developing the protocols during the $246 million two year pilot programme.
The pilot will provide support to families who struggle to access affordable child care services when working, studying or looking for work by extending subsidy support to 'in home care' services as well. The subsidised care should reach approximately 10,000 children, especially in middle to low income families, Nannies are not meant to replace mainstream child care services but give families a choice about which care type that suits them best, including using nannies in addition to other forms of child care . Families on incomes below $250,000 per year will be eligible for support. Workers such as nurses, police officers, ambulance officers and fire fighters, as well as other shift workers, are too often unable to access child care and take advantage of government support because of the nature and hours of their work. Families who live in rural and regional areas and those who have children with special needs, for whom mainstream child care services are often inaccessible, lack the necessary flexibility or do not cater for their specific needs.
The nannies must have
- a current First aid and CPR
- be 18 years plus
- cannot belong to the same family of the child they are caring for
- must be attached to a government approved service provider
- and are not currently required to hold a minimum early childhood qualification.
It has been both exciting and confusing for the tens of thousands of nannies whose vocation is finally being recognised as an alternative to centre based care. As supported by Minister Scott Morrisons press conference in Penrith, NSW, the government will leave it to parents to decide if they wish to engage a nanny with formal educational qualifications. There will be no differential subsidy provided in these circumstances.
ECA 'Early Childhood Australia' are lobbying heavily to have all nannies complete a minimum qualification of a Certificate III in childcare, which is a course specific to centre based care, before being eligible for subsidy. At this stage there is no specific course tailored to in home care/nannying. It is however Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency's' and the ANA's opinion, that although professional development and education for nannies is important:- that it is unrealistic to expect a nanny to leave their family for a 240 hour placement in a childcare centre in order to graduate. If a minimum qualification is to be required:- we believe a modified version of the Certificate III be tailored to specifically focus on 'in home' care, perhaps repackaged as a Certificate II with no placement hours requirements, instead completing assessment for competency in the home environment. Therefore making it possible to encourage nannies to concurrently up skill whilst maintaining their current employment position. ACECQA indicates that there will not be a review of the current training packages for a further 1.5 years.
SERVICE PROVIDERS (will be government approved)
- The pilot will be open for tender in the new financial year.
- The eligibility criteria is for service providers is yet to be determined.
- There will be an open tender process.
- Melbourne's Leading Nanny Agency, the ANA and its other members will be lobbying to be able to participate in the nanny pilot.
- Commencement will be January 2016 if the funds allocated are passed through the Senate.
Nannies currently working privately can remain as private nannies or choose to participate in the nanny pilot program by registering with participating service providers. There will still be private nanny arrangements as there has always been. Service providers have not been allocated as yet.
For further information contact Annie Sargood 03 9576 7000 or 0417 312 958