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Holistic care for your child. A professional nanny placement agency and community for families who parent differently.
We bring nannies and families together who do family life a bit outside the mainstream. Whether you’re a fringe dweller, passionate baby wearer, a same-sex couple, a follower of Rudolf Steiner’s philosophies, a strict vegan or want to homeschool your little ones, we respect and support you to raise your children as you choose.
"Melissa has a deep passion for life and people. She is very insightful and this and her intuitive nature make a perfect combination for connecting people.”
Find a nanny or family that’s right for you
We listen and get to know you. You will feel reassured and supported throughout the process. Our wraparound service includes regular Skype check-ins, the opportunity to make contact and keep updated via our Facebook page and optional one-on-one sessions with me (Melissa Hughes, Director). As part of your membership, you will also have access to information on parenting, courses and resources. All are created or selected for those who favour a natural, gentle and holistic approach to parenting and education.
Become part of our community
There is a whole network of people on your wavelength just waiting to connect with you.
Australian Nanny Network (ANNN) gives you access to other parents, nannies and carers who support one another in their journey. We are open-minded and want to work together to raise a generation of individuals who are emotionally intelligent, socially conscious, self-responsible and able to lead fulfilling lives. Find out more about the ANNN Community.
What does natural, gentle or holistic parenting actually mean?
For example, we may carry our babies close in a sling or a wrap for the benefit of the babies’ development. Children spend more time in nature and less time on screens. They love exploring and getting muddy! We give them food that is nourishing, supports the body's functioning and immune system, and is as natural as possible. We support and encourage them to express emotions in a healthy way. These are just some of the practices and concepts our families and nannies may use in raising children.