BilderKraft is Extra Arms’ first aid trainer of choice. They provide courses tailored both to parents and specifically to Nannies and Babysitters in English and German. Extra Arms is thrilled to recommend them because we know they are thorough, considerate and have taken time to design courses tailored to those who care for the children of others professionally. We are grateful, because the safety of our charges and our Nannies is the most important aspect of our work. http://www.rueckhalt-berlin.de

Infermieri Italiani (Italian Nurses) provides support and guidance to those who are new to Berlin and need help interfacing with the German healthcare system and healthcare providers, as well as with other German institutions. They offer home visits to those in need of a qualified nurse, courses on well being and health ranging from ante-natal classes and pediatric first aid all the way to ensuring a healthy diet for big and small can be sourced in our new host city. Extra Arms recommends them because we have experienced their services and enjoyed their skilled and thoughtful care. Don’t let the name deter you, they will provide their services to all speakers of German and English too! http://www.infermieriitaliani.com

Maternita offers personal support for relocating families and those already established in Berlin, who are expecting a baby or have young children. Their years of experience and large network of German and English-speaking experts mean that they can help in finding the right daycare, pediatrician, midwife or place to give birth. They also provide a well-rounded series of informational workshops for new “Berliners” (and those who are new to parenthood) and practical help in the form of concierge services. Extra Arms recommends Maternita because we have found their team to be made up of individuals whose primary goal is to be truly useful, and who are sincerely invested in the care of the families who come through their doors. http://www.maternita.de/en/

Zirkus Zack and Circus Schatzinsel are a thing of beauty. In a circus top improbably located next to Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn (never seen it? Neither had we, before being taken through the meanders of a hidden garden, behind one of those gates you’d likely never notice) and at an equally precious location at the RAW in Friedrichshain, a group of truly amazing educators teach circus skills to children and young people, all the while helping them create an inclusive, supportive and safe space for themselves and their peers. Extra Arms recommends Zack and Schatzinsel because the dedication, ethical principles, passion and imagination of the educators who work there is of a quality we have seldom encountered. Though the vehicular language of the courses is German, all teachers speak English and an array of other languages too.  http://www.zirkus-zack.de and http://www.circus-schatzinsel.de

Extra Arms relies on Expath to advise Nannies and clients when it comes to matters such as obtaining and renewing their VISA and hiring from abroad. They are able to counsel taking each case’s specific international characteristics and intricacies into account. Expath is a relocation agency for businesses and individuals that also offers support to those who wish to start working freelance or open a business in Berlin. They run German courses covering all levels to help ease newcomers into their new lives in Berlin.

Extra Arms recommends Expath because they have taken excellent care of our Nannies and families, providing realistic, reliable and precise advice to all those in need of their assistance. http://www.expath.de

Christiane Schild is the business consultant who made it possible for the Extra Arms project to get off the ground. Christiane worked at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce for many years before opening her own business, is incredibly knowledgeable and prepared to share her knowledge and many contacts with her clients unreservedly. She is a native German speaker with perfect English, meaning that she was able to guide Extra Arms through the process of designing a business plan despite our lack of German at the time. Extra Arms recommends her because she is an inspiring presence who is able to both instill confidence in those who doubt themselves, and give completely honest feedback whenever she spots a flaw in logic. We will be forever grateful for her invaluable help – we might well not be here, had our path not led us to her: schild@ubcs-berlin.de

Emily Archer will relocate you and your family so efficiently you’ll hardly notice. She will help you find a home, get through the bureaucracy involved in the move and find the time to learn German by providing childcare during the courses she organizes. Plus, if you are among the many who followed a loved one into town, she’ll help you to find your very own bearings through her Spouse Support program.

Extra Arms recommends her because our collaboration has taught us that if something needs to be done quickly, effectively and (seemingly) effortlessly, Emily is the one to call.http://www.archer-relocation.com

Serena Manno is Extra Arms’ health insurance consultant. She has provided us with many an hour of detailed explanations on how the German health insurance system works and its relationship with employment contracts, thus enabling us to offer precious information to our Nannies as we accompany them on the road to working safely and legally.
Extra Arms recommends Serena because she will provide all the information she knows you’ll need, even if you didn’t know to ask, will never fail to go out of her way to ensure her clients are fully aware of all their options and has incredibly deep stores of patience. In addition, she can provide her services in German, English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese – something that has proved essential to our international group of Nannies and families. Serena.Manno@NORDOST.AOK.DE

Leonardo Neri is Extra Arms’ insurance consultant. He covers all kinds of insurance for individuals and businesses, and has made himself indispensable to us by finding a policy that covers our Nannies against accidental damages to property and people during their working hours, as well as their private lives. Extra Arms recommends Leonardo because he has taken the time to explain the pros and cons of every product he has provided us, our Nannies and clients with, and never stopped doing so even though the individuals we send through already come prepared to trust him. He is able to provide his service in German, English and Italian and is very responsive to inquiries and requests for clarification. leonardo.neri@ergo.de

The association for the overcoming of the force of gravity does for grown ups what Zirkus Zack and Circus Schatzinsel do for children and young people. They offer courses in aerial disciplines (static trapeze, aerial silks) as well as floor acrobatics (hand stand, partner acrobatics), Chinese pole and contemporary dance. The courses are open to all – fit, unfit, brave or cautious.

Extra Arms recommends Vüsch because Giulia’s mental sanity and bodily state of health has benefited greatly from her (almost) weekly visits to their classes. Seldom, as she dabbled in various kinds of exercise and dance classes, did she come across a place where all students and teachers are so tactfully supportive and accepting of all bodies and all levels of skill. New mums could also be sure that the instructors, often mothers themselves, will know how to guide you in re/discovering what your body can do! Classes held through English or German depending on what works best at any given session, all will help you understand, though.http://www.vuesch.org

Berlin Homes is a real estate agency with a social conscience. As well as being there for all those who are fortunate enough to be able to consider buying or renting the home of their dreams in Berlin, they strive to give back to the city and all its inhabitants by assisting refugees and asylum seekers to find accommodation suited to their needs and resources, often giving investors the chance to give back to the community by allowing their newly acquired real estate to be utilized by those in need for a period of time. In this way,  temporary residents to get their lives and the all important paperwork in order and effectively search for a long term home. Extra Arms recommends Berlin Homes because it is always refreshing to see enterprises that analyze and evaluate their impact on their environment, doing their best to keep the balance fair. http://www.berlinhomes.net/en/bh_home_en/