Advice for Babysitters and Nannies

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Find babysitting FAQs, tips for landing the perfect job and important things to know before your first day.
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You've got questions and we've got answers. Whether you've found the perfect family already or are just getting started on your search, this is your guide to everything you'll need to know...
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The most frustrating part of the job search is applying for a position you're perfect for, waiting anxiously for a response and then getting nothing but silence in return. Care.com is a great resource...
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Whether you are trying to find a nanny job or are just starting your career as a housekeeper, you'll likely need to go on interviews. Putting your best foot forward before, during and after the interview...
How to Find Babysitter and Nanny Jobs
Being a nanny is no small job. It’s even more complicated when you're faced with the prospect of keeping up with the demanding competition. And there are a lot of great nannies out there!  So...
Seasonal jobs, school breaks and the ever-present need for some extra cash make summer a great time in which to explore job opportunities while getting experience doing something you really love. There...
You’re back from an interview -- and it seemed to go really well! But then days go by and you hear…nothing. One of the most frustrating aspects of applying for a new job is when the family...
You're scrolling through the job listings on sites like Care.com and you spot your perfect job. It's the one you've been waiting for, and you know you're the best person for the position....
When you're applying to jobs on Care.com, what's one of the most important things to have on your profile? A great profile picture!In fact, you're more than twice as likely to be contacted...
The most frustrating part of the job search is applying for a position you're perfect for, waiting anxiously for a response and then getting nothing but silence in return. Care.com is a great resource...
Start the new year off right. It's no longer plain old January. It's now the month you're going to finally land that dream job (or jobs). In your honor, we're renaming it #jobuary!When...
As a basic provider, you know there are plenty of tools available to personalize your Care.com experience. You can tell us your schedule and when you're available for work. You can add references and ask...
"When many people think of nannies, they picture working in private homes," says Ingrid Kellaghan, parenting expert and founder of the Cambridge Nanny Group. But while this is usually the job...
Too often, people miss the signs their job may be in jeopardy. Here are six tell-tale signs it’s time to start looking for your next nanny or caregiver position.And for more advice, read these 8...
Summer jobs come in all shapes and sizes -- and it's easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. When New York City-based Meg Hagar thinks back on all her summer jobs, she loved working at the New York...
Between the hours you spend searching and applying for open positions, finding a new job is exhausting. The trickiest part about the whole process is the competition. How do you stand apart from the rest...
No matter the job you're seeking, you are bound to be competing against worthy candidates. To stand out from the crowd, start with a great profile that helps you shine on paper and reflects your strengths...
The bio section of your profile on Care.com can be your biggest selling point -- or end up costing you a job. But when you sit down to fill it in, it's easy to get hit with a big case of writer's block....
Job searching is hard. Sometimes you find a great job immediately and sometimes it can take a while. Plus, you're busy and it can be difficult to devote all of your time to a job search. At Care.com, we...
Finding a great caregiving job -- whether you're a nanny, sitter, senior care aide, housekeeper, pet sitter, etc. -- can be tough. Many people take the same old approach. They apply to a job, wait to hear...
There’s no question that the competition is tough for finding a caregiving job. There may be lots of great candidates in your area. So how do you make your Care.com profile really stand out?Potential...
When Eric Gabrielson, of Trenton, N.J., and his wife were looking for a nanny online, they often knew at first glance if one had potential. They instantly disqualified one profile filled with misspelled...
At Care.com, we're often asked "what is the best place to be a nanny?" And we had that same question.So here's what we did: Based on information like high salaries, available jobs, employment...
So, you want to get hired? We have good news for you: tons of families need your help, and they're posting new jobs on Care.com every day! Make sure you get noticed—check out some...
Find jobs on Twitter
Finding the perfect sitter for a family is just as hard is finding a dream family to sit for. So where do you find this dream family? Monica Carolan, Member Care Representative for Care.com, offers her...
The holidays are here! And while the Norman Rockwell idea of Christmas is very nice, homes are often more about chaos than cheer. There are presents to wrap, social functions to attend, lists to double...
Twins -- are they two times the trouble?That's the question that Stephanie Grant, a nanny from Seattle, wondered as she evaluated a job ad. The family sounded wonderful, the hours and pay were ideal and...
Reviews and references are crucial parts of your Care.com profile. Caregivers who have them are six times more likely to be contacted by potential employers. You know you're top-notch at your job, but...
Your Care.com profile just got even better... you can now add a video!We know you're not just a flat resume on a page, but it can be hard to convey your personality through words alone. This new option...
When you're searching for a new job on Care.com, it's important to have a detailed and accurate profile. But what's one of the most important parts of the page? The reviews!Caregivers with...
When you're trying to find a babysitting job or get hired as another type of caregiver, you need to make yourself as appealing to as many families as possible. Think about what parents are concerned...
Are you exploring your options for nanny jobs? Have you ever thought of becoming a travel nanny? You can combine nanny duties with an interesting location. But before you pack your bags, here are tips...
For students, the breaks between school semesters can be a period for relaxing and refocusing. But many people also use it as a time to earn extra cash. Whether you're searching for a summer vacation...
Throwing yourself into the job market can be overwhelming. Finding a caregiving job that ultimately suits you takes even more dedication on top of it. Care.com has many tools and resources to assist you...
Have the dust bunnies made themselves at home, not only under your bed, but also on your profile? Use this time to spring clean your information on Care.com so your profile stands out from the crowd. Here...
Back-to-school season is just around the corner and families schedules are about to get chaotic! In fact, here at Care.com, we see huge increases in the number of jobs posted during the summer. Families...
With the holidays fast approaching, people become very busy and can often use a helping hand. Whether you care for children, seniors, pets or homes, this is a great time to shine up your Care.com profile...
Ever noticed a feature on the left side of your "My Care.com" page called "My Connections"? If you haven't tried it out yet, it's a valuable tool for finding a job. What...
Whether your picture was rejected from Care.com or families aren't responding to your job applications, it might be due to a bad picture. Didn't bother to upload a photo? It's likely families...
Your profile is up and now you're waiting for some action. When you're looking for a child care job online, your profile is your first chance to make an impression -- now make it count. If you're...
Searching for a new job is a job in and of itself. And when using an online job platform like Care.com, it's crucial to be ready for businesses and families to contact you anytime. The new year is...
Looking for a nanny job? Have you ever thought about being a night nanny? It might be just the career for you. "All kinds of different personalities can do this job," says Nancy Hamm of the Newborn...
At Care.com we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny or nanny job can be a little overwhelming, so we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more and more people turn to our site...
Here at Care.com, we see caregivers making the same errors over and over when they're trying to find a job. But what is the #1 mistake job-seekers make? Not reading the job description! If you're not getting...
A Care.com job alert is a message our caregivers receive, letting them know about brand new job opportunities. When families post openings onto Care.com, you'll be notified of the new opportunity...
When you're looking for a new job, you need to put your best foot forward at all times. But with today's world of social media, it's not always what you say, but what you've said that matters...
Have you been looking for a job on Care.com and noticing that some of the openings sound a little similar or generic? Don't worry, it's not spam! Care.com has a Job Wizard to help families quickly...
Before they were the bad boys, scream queens and screen sirens you know and love on the big screen, celebrities had to work through college, too.  And it wasn't just folding shirts. From farms...
When you're looking for a job -- whether it's one caring for a child, a pet, a home or someone who is elderly or has special needs, etc. -- it's important to be aware of all your options. While many of...
Did you know that using too many exclamation points or misspelled words can cost you a job? Over and over again, families complain about one thing: caregivers with sloppy profiles and messages with lots...
Resume Advice
When you apply to jobs on Care.com, families often ask you to bring a resume on your interview. Getting that resume right can mean the difference between getting a job or getting tossed into the recycling...
Whether you're just starting out or are a seasoned professional, you still need a resume that represents you accurately and shines a light on your unique skills and abilities.Although you can’t...
Use this format to help you form your babysitting resume. Add your previous work-experiences, your skills, and your education. You can also print out this sample babysitter resume to use as a reference....
Applying to any job can be overwhelming. And what to include on a resume can seem like a daunting task. But creating a babysitter resume isn't as hard as it seems. Get started with this Sample Babysitting...
Interview Tips
It can take some work to find a nanny job that meets your qualifications. But once a family is interested in you and you start the interview process, it's important to make a good impression when you finally...
When you're a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter or other type of caregiver, finding the right job and right family involves so many factors, many of which are simply out of your control. "This job...
 You love being a caregiver be it for the youngest, oldest or furriest of family members. Your profile is perfect and posted, and then you get the interview! But your potential employer throws you...
Interviewing for a babysitting job can seem scary and intimidating. Whether you're worrying about what questions you'll be asked, what the parents will be like or if the kids will refuse to come near you,...
Whether you're talking to a family about a possible nanny job or meeting with a cleaning company to become a housekeeper, job interviews can be nerve-wracking. But keeping in mind some basic etiquette...
Did you just score an interview for a great new nanny job? Congratulations!The interview is the most important part of the process, for both parents and caregivers. In fact, as Rhonda McRae, a mom from...
Whether you are trying to find a nanny job or are just starting your career as a housekeeper, you'll likely need to go on interviews. Putting your best foot forward before, during and after the interview...
You're sitting in a job interview, trying not to sweat through your favorite shirt, eager to make a good impression. You think you're ready for anything a family or company can throw your way,...
While a well-tailored suit and button-down are expected attire when applying for a job at an investment bank, it’s not the norm when applying for a caregiving position. When dressing for an interview,...
You polished your profile, wrote a strong cover letter and submitted an application for an ideal caregiving job. But what now? Don't sit back, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Keep your name at...
Finding the right fit should be just as important to you as it is to the family you're interviewing for. While the employer will do their part in covering the necessary questions, you should come with...
Whether you're a professional child care provider or a teenage babysitter, parents will have a lot of questions for you. And you should have a lot of questions for them.
Pay Rate Negotiations
Being a nanny offers daily rewards for those who love children and new experiences. But this is a job, and sometimes you need more rewards that end up in your bank account. If your budget is tight and...
Working as a nanny or other type of caregiver can be unpredictable. The parents both work late one night and then they also need you on that weekend. In a blink, you have a 55-hour work week under your...
Working as a caregiver is rewarding in many different ways. You have a flexible schedule and get to help people on a daily basis. But if your bank account needs a little extra boost, use Care.com to make...
Congratulations, you got the job! But, oh no, the pay rate is too low or not what the family had in the job posting. You like your potential new employer. But you're not sure you can sign onto a new...
When you were first hired, you may have jumped on the job because you needed the money -- any money. But have you taken the time to make sure you're being paid at least the minimum wage?About 23 percent...
 As a household worker, you should view yourself - and demand to be treated - as a professional. Part of being a professional is being paid legally rather than under the table. Yes, there are taxes,...
You've decided to look for a nanny job, now you've got to make sure it pays the bills. Before you look for a position, Care.com's child care expert Carolyn Stolov suggests figuring out the...
Even if you're the best child care provider out there, you won't attract clients if your rates are too high. (Or too low, for that matter: Parents might assume you're under-priced because you're under-qualified.)
It's summertime and you're all set to visit friends across the country for a few days. Your bags are packed and you booked a ticket. But wait, did you check with the family you work for first? Remember...
As someone who makes a living caring for others, you offer your best work every day. If you’ve held the same job for a while and your pay rate hasn’t increased -- but your experience and responsibilities...
When you’re a caregiver, you know life is unpredictable. Families move, children grow older and families face financial hardships -- all of which can result in you losing your job through no fault...
You can make a great living working for many families instead of just one. Maybe word has spread about your reliability as a pet sitter and you work for 15 regular families every week. Or maybe you juggle...
The health insurance industry went through a major change in 2014, as the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- also known as ObamaCare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
If you take care of someone’s family, pets or home, you know how hard you work -- caregiving is not an easy job. And the government is finally starting to take notice.Household caregivers have long...
When you get any job, one of your first questions is often "How much money will I bring home?" Take home pay for caregivers can vary widely, but should always be based on gross pay -- not net pay. When...
As a caregiver, you know you’re considered a household employee, not an independent contractor, so when your new family tells you they’d rather not pay taxes, you’re a taken aback. In...
Families sometimes see household workers like nannies, senior caregivers, etc., as independent contractors, not as employees. You may have even heard from friends that have hired caregivers before...
Training and Safety
Why do you need nanny training? The 2013 Nanny of the Year, Joanne Barrow, says that the courses she took "immediately doubled my salary and opened up a lot of doors."Whether you're just...
Do you ever wish for a Mary Poppins-esque magic bag of tricks? Even on the toughest day, your job as a nanny means you are expected to keep both kids and parents happy and your own life running smoothly....
Hiring a nanny or babysitter to watch your children is a nerve-wracking process for parents. You know you need to go to work or have a date night, but you want to make sure your kids are safe and that...
Care.com is a great way to find a job as a nanny, babysitter or day care worker, but what if you are just starting out in this field? Many families and companies are looking for someone who has a certain...
Caring for young children is not easy. When the parents leave, that babysitter is responsible for keeping the kids safe, fed and entertained. While babysitters aren't legally obliged to have any...
Children who have severe allergies will need extra-special attention. Make sure you hire a sitter who is mature enough to monitor your child's activities, and his meals. An inexperienced sitter, for example, might not know that some chili powders and mixes can contain peanut products or how to best avoid bee stings...
You know that honesty is the best policy, but do you really need to tell prospective employers about those unpaid parking tickets from college?
Unfortunately online scams and fraud are becoming more common. And among those that fraudsters are targeting are nannies, babysitters and caregivers.Online safety is extremely important to us at Care.com....
Other than being a superstar caregiver, you may have many other skills under your belt that can be extremely valuable to families during every time of year. Set yourself apart from other candidates and...
It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone -- especially people who care for...
Being a nanny isn't a simple job watching kids -- it's a professional career that should be taken seriously. Nannies are asked to handle everything from day-to-day responsibilities to emergency...
Do you have a child care safety plan? Have the families you work for given you emergency contacts? This re-useable, just-in-case checklist for babysitters and nannies will help you keep track of emergency contacts, procedures, and health concerns for all the children you care for.
In a perfect world your child care job would be absent of emergencies and stress. While we can't predict when they're going to happen, there is some preparation babysitters can be equipped with...
Tips for Being a Great Nanny or Babysitter
It's not easy being a nanny or babysitter, caring for kids every day. It's a good thing you have so many great role models to turn to -- and you can find them on TV and in movies and books. ...
Your kids don't want to do homework when you are home, so getting them to do it when you're away will take some work. Here's how!
Nannies get so much advice on how to be a great nanny -- and its important to always want to up your game! But sometimes, we need to hear that we already are great nannies.Care.com reached out to the best...
The tween years are an exciting time in a child's life and the relationship between sitters and charges this age can be particularly unique. However, caring for pre-teens is not quite the same as...
With 6,646 divorces per day in the United States., half of all American children are part of divorced families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With statistics like this, it’s likely that (sooner...
Want your babysitter to really entertain your kiddos with crafts and babysitting activities that will stimulate their minds, not just simply keep them busy? Keep the board games in the cupboard.Instead,...
When you're starting a new babysitting or nanny job, one of the toughest things can be interacting with the kids. Whether you’re meeting them for the first time during the interview or getting to...
Mary Poppins taught us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Mrs. Doubtfire discovered that being an excellent nanny is a lot harder than it looks. But what have real-life nannies learned...
When the sitter is in charge, the kids can either be on their best behavior ... or their worst. What kind of discipline techniques can a babysitter use when the kids in her care just don't care? The...
Caregivers are a special group of individuals who often pick this career because they're dedicated to helping people. Despite the long hours, low pay and difficult work/life balance, they tend to stick...
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's -- the end of the year is hectic for families. But what about caregivers, who often have their own family plus their employer's family to care for?...
Working in the same job for a while can be monotonous and draining. Caregiving jobs, where youre constantly tending to others needs, are especially exhausting. After a while, you may start to wonder Is...
Some kids might be a bit leery of spending time with a babysitter, especially if it's the first time they've met the sitter. One way parents and sitters can leap over this hurdle is to come prepared...
Some nannies are setting the bar quite high for caregivers. When Royals William and Kate hired a full-time nanny to take care of their little George, people were awed by her resume. Maria Teresa Turrion...
Readers love our list of 10 Famous Nannies -- and they especially love the last name on the list: Mary Poppins! With her spoonful of sugar, this 1960s Disney classic has withstood the test of time and...
Many caregivers are also students, combining busy school schedules with demanding jobs. Finding the time to complete homework, manage your class and work schedules, fulfill your employer's needs and...
Mary Poppins...Supernanny...Nanny McPhee...you have a lot to live up to. You love the kids you watch, but between entertaining, chauffeuring and feeding them, you're exhausted. And we don't blame you!...
The role of an au pair can sometimes be complex and challenging. But the rewards of this line of work can quickly evaporate when caution and care aren’t exercised. Keep reading to learn more about...
You met the family.You aced the interview.Congratulations, the babysitting job is yours.Now, make sure you keep it!When it comes to child care, each and every job is a chance to prove your prowess and...
A common complaint we hear from families on Care.com is that nannies, babysitters and other types of caregivers are sometimes late for both interviews and jobs. Everyone is late occasionally, but chronic...
Caitlin Fitzgordon, a mom of two in Brooklyn, N.Y., knew something needed to change when she found her temper toward the kids going from 0 to 60 in mere seconds. "If the kids didn't put their...
Caregiving can be lonely business. You may wave at other nannies at the park, but your attention is on the kids you're watching and you don't have time for in-depth conversations. You care for a senior...
It's easy to check items off your to-do list when you have half a day free. But what about when you only have an hour or even just a few minutes with nothing to do? Maybe you're a nanny who has an hour...
What separates the great sitters from the not-so-good ones? First, let's state the obvious: Babysitters and nannies must love kids. But there's so much more parents have to consider when deciding...
You've got questions and we've got answers. Whether you've found the perfect family already or are just getting started on your search, this is your guide to everything you'll need to know...
At Care.com, we love getting feedback from our members -- it helps us to understand the thoughts, issues and concerns of families and caregivers on our site. We also love giving our members an opportunity...
Being a nanny for a celebrity family sounds glamorous, but is it? To find out the scoop on caring for the children of the rich and famous, we talked to three people who have actually worked as celebrity...
It's fun to pick out presents for the people you care about -- especially kids. But what about when you're an employee? Should nannies and babysitters give holiday and birthday gifts to the kids...
Getting a child to do his chores is just as important as getting him dressed in the morning or in bed at night ..
Did you luck out and find a job as an after-school sitter? Congrats! But now what?Back-to-school season is just around the corner and with children heading back to school, it's important to focus on...
There may not be such a thing as a "perfect" nanny, but there are common traits all parents look for when hiring. Whether a family has teenagers, a newborn, twins or just one child, they're...
Today for story time, we're reading the tale of the Nanny and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!As a nanny or babysitter, it's important to recognize when one of the kids you care for...
When hired to be a nanny, you want to be prepared. Sure you've got lots of creative games in your head and crafts in your bag, but nannies also need essential emergency procedures, contacts and yes,...
All moms and nannies know that one thing is for sure: kids can be difficult. But, the littlest tricks (okay, call them manipulation tactics) can get our favorite wee ones to do just about anything. Here...
Did you know that #nannylife is a popular hashtag on Twitter? That's right, nannies and caregivers are taking over social media! Do you use Twitter? It's a great way for connecting with fellow...
School is out for the summer and your charges have lots of energy and time. What's a nanny to do? Band together to form a "nanny camp." A nanny camp is a group activity that is becoming...
When you spend your days cleaning houses or caring for children, pets or adults, things can get messy. Very messy! It's easy to throw on sweats and t-shirts every day when you're a caregiver. But a caregiving...
Teen Babysitting Advice
Celebrities can teach you about more than just makeup, fashion and how to perform on stage. Before they were famous singers, actors and reality stars, lots of them started off as babysitters. And some...
Want to make a little extra cash for fun nights out? If you're creative and love kids, babysitting is perfect for you. It can be demanding, but if you're committed and mature enough to care for...
Babysitting is one of the most common jobs for teenagers for many reasons: it's fun, pays well and gives teens a sense of accomplishment. But while your teen may be excited about starting a first...
Although teenagers often can be left alone, sometimes sitters are asked to look after them. To learn the dos and don'ts of watching teenagers, we turned to Dominique Jordan, author of "Teen...
Allowance not cutting it anymore? Are your parents after you to learn about responsibility and get a job? Babysitting could be the answer.Babysitting is a great job -- especially for teenagers. You can...
It's a rite of passage when your children get to be old enough to take care of another child. But when is the right age to start?The proper age for babysitting depends on a variety of factors, from...
Communication between Sitters and Families
Here at Care.com, we occasionally hear about relationships going sour between families and caregivers. These issues can usually be prevented or resolved with some open and honest conversation. Check out...
Challenges are inevitable in any job, but being a nanny often takes those trials to new heights. And sometimes nannies and families have to part ways.But parting is never easy."The most challenging...
The holiday season shakes up everyone's schedule. The kids are off from school, families travel and social calendars become filled with family get-togethers, holiday parties, church activities and...
Just because you can't spend every minute with your children doesn't make you a bad parent. But all moms and dads like to keep in touch with their children's nanny throughout the day or come...
Did your employer ask you to tag along on a family vacation to help with child care? At first you may be thinking: free vacation -- fabulous! But there are a lot of details to think about and negotiate...
Looking for a way to tell your child care clients what you did while they were out? Use the Child Care Checklist to tell them about all the fun activities you did with their kids! You can also record any...
One of the best things about the holidays is how it feels when we give someone a present we know they will love. When it comes to gifts for the people who sign our paychecks, however, gift-giving rules...
Hiring a full or part time nanny is a huge step for a family and goes hand-in-hand with some complicated issues...
Nannies, did you know that there's a special week just for you? It's National Nanny Recognition Week, the fourth week in September. In 2016, it's September 18th to the 24th!But what is National...
Knowing someone who is a high-pressure parent can be super stressful. Especially if you see his or her child having trouble living up to the demand. Should you step in? The experts from our story "5...
It can be scary and sometimes downright intimidating to approach your employer about problems on the job (after all, they write your paycheck). In this tough economic climate you want to make a good impression,...
Quitting a job is never easy. But sometimes what seems to be the perfect job is not always the best fit or your needs and schedule no longer mesh with that of your employer. When it comes to the caregiving...
As a parent, you wear many hats when it comes to organizing your family. You want to make sure everyone can contribute to planning weekend activities and what goes on the grocery list, but a "family...
Whether you just hired a nanny or feel yours is part of your family, you may not know that some of the things you say are hurting your nanny's feelings and thus your relationship. We recently posted...
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