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15 Years of Harmony at Home

April 30, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Celebrating 15 years of trading!

This year our Conference and Annual Awards took place at The Birch Hotel in Haywards Heath.

We welcomed Nanny Tax as our corporate sponsor of our Awards and enjoyed a training session hosted by Nanny Tax and Ward Williams HR.

Frankie Gray, Carmen Perry and Kim Dalton gave detailed presentations and training covering a variety of subjects including ‘small business success’ ’employment law’ and ‘go gross’. This was extremely helpful and was well received by our network delegates.

The 2019 Awards

Top Franchise Award

Harmony at Home Hampshire – Gemma Leadbetter and Maxine Wall

Ambassador Award

Philippa Day – Harmony at Home Berkshire

Customer Service Award *(Public Vote)*

Demi Paphitis – Harmony at Home North London

Best Newcomer Award

Zoe Fearnley – Harmony at Home Somerset and Bath

Went the Extra Mile Award

Allie Bell – Harmony at Home SW | TW | KT London and Maternity Division

Associate of the Year Award

Melanie Haslock – Harmony at Home Oxfordshire and Wiltshire

The Leadership Award

Katie Bryson – Harmony at Home West Midlands,  Bristol & Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire & Hertfordshire

The Unsung Hero Award

Charlotte Hudson – Head Office

Innovator Award

Gemma Leadbetter and Maxine Wall – Harmony at Home Hampshire

Heart of Gold Award

Andi Keenen – Harmony at Home Kent

Social Media Engagement Award

Emma Kay – Harmony at Home Surrey

Shows Most Promise Award

Kate Rich – Harmony at Home Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Left to Right: Philippa Day, Demi Paphitis, Gemma Leadbetter, Maxine Wall

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our Annual Awards this year.

Here’s to another amazing year ahead!

Photos by Beth Mercer Photography ©

Written for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2019

Vote for us to win the UK Nanny Agency of the Year Award 2019

April 27, 2019 | Leave a Comment

🏆 🏆 🏆 We are delighted to have three nominations for the UK Nanny Agency of the Year Award 🏆 🏆 🏆  There are over 300 Nanny Agencies operating in the UK (source Nannytax) and so we are super pleased to have not one, but three nominations! Thank you so much for your nominations. Please, we’d be very grateful if you could now choose your favourite Harmony at Home Branch, or two or three! VOTE HERE>>> https://bit.ly/2W7HqYt

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Easter Holiday Activities 2019

April 9, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Easter Holidays are upon us and we have some great hints and tips for different fun activities to experience with the whole family for Easter.

The Woodland Trust

Do you love a woodland day out with the family? Wanting to ensure your children have a great run around during the holidays, then take your children to the Woodland Trust. All the Woodland Trust woods are free to visit, find your local woodland trust wood here; https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/map/. Over the Easter period they have different Easter Activities for all ages, specific activities for ages 3-5 and 6+. You can download and print their activity sheets and take on the woodland adventure with you! Or set up your own mini adventure, using their activity sheets and placing Easter Eggs around for your children to hunt for.

Tea Party, Picnic

Enjoy the glorious Easter weather with picnics. The fun can start prior to the picnic with making Easter themed foods, such as chocolate rice crispy Easter nests. Easy to prep and make and fun for the whole family! All you need is:
• Chocolate
• Butter
• Rice pops/krispies
• Golden Syrup
• Cupcake cases
• Easter themed chocolate and sweets to decorate

Hot Cross Buns can also be enjoyed throughout the Easter break, you can purchase all different flavours in different supermarkets. There are also Dairy Free and Gluten Free buns for allergy sufferers. Check your local supermarkets. Spend time making lovely foods for the picnic and then go on an adventure whilst searching for a great place to enjoy your picnic!

Day out at the Zoo

There are fantastic Zoo’s all over the Country and a great way to break up the Easter Holiday. You may be a parent busy working all week and want to have family fun at the weekend, then take a trip to the Zoo! Or planning a camping trip for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, whether its raining or shining a trip to the Zoo will make everyone’s day great.

Looking for a Zoo near you, we have created a list of some of the best Zoo’s in the UK:
• ZSL London Zoo
• Yorkshire Wildlife Park
• Colchester Zoo
• Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
• Chester Zoo
• Dudley Zoo and Castle
• Bristol Zoo Gardens
• Banham Zoo
• Edinburgh Zoo

There are always different offers for trips out at the Zoo, whether you are travelling with a Railcard or collecting Club Card vouchers. Look at deals you can get!

Trip to the Farm

Perhaps your children love farm animals and having a muddy day out at the farm is more of the perfect day for your family. Make a picnic and take a trip to your nearest Farm.

Looking for a Farm near you? We have created a list of some of the ‘free’ Children’s Farms in the UK:
• Georgie City Farm, Edinburgh
• Deen City Farm, South-West London
• Stonebridge City Farm, Nottingham
• Bath City Farm, near Bath
• Surrey Docks Farm, South-East London
• Vauxhall City Farm, South London

Found inspiration for a day out? Search the internet and find a local Animal Farm to you!

Easter Treats

Looking to Jazz up your Easter eggs this year or have children that have allergies and you all feel safer making your own eggs, then spend days making your own extra special chocolate eggs.

BBC GoodFood have four stages to make your own chocolate egg, so no need to fear >> https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-make-easter-egg

You could also make other Easter treats… perfected your Rice Krispie Easter Nests? Take it to the next level and make Rice Krispie eggs. Easter cupcakes and even homemade Hot Cross Buns. Baking can always be fun for the whole family and children can learn so many different skills. Sometimes it is worth spending less time in the outdoors and more time in the kitchen… with tasty treats to enjoy at the end of the day!

Easter Crafts

Planning a big Easter event over the weekend and wanting to make outfits extra special? Easter Bonnets are a tradition for many families and schools all over the Country. Spend time making Easter Bonnets with your children and jazz up their outfits. For boys, if they do not want a ‘bonnet’ you could make an Easter Cap! For extra fun, make this a competition with family friends and have Easter treats and gifts as a prize for the best bonnets or caps… Parents can dive into their competitive side!

Easter Baskets for Easter Egg Hunts. If your children are waiting all week for their Easter Egg Hunt Egg..stravaganza, start the excitement early with crafts to add to their hunt. Such as making their own baskets for the hunt.

Make an Easter Tree. At Christmas many families have Christmas tree’s and if your children love decorating a Christmas tree… then make a special Easter Tree and let your children decorate with all different egg-style decorations. You could also spend time making decorations for the Easter Tree. The perfect family tradition!

We hope these different days out and activities have helped give you some ideas of what you can do with the children this Easter holiday. Happy Easter from Harmony at Home x