Babysitter and Nanny Hiring Resources

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All you need to know about hiring a sitter, from questions to ask during an interview to how much to pay.
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According to a recent USA Today article, babysitters make an average of $10 per hour. This can add up if you're planning a day in the country or a night on the town, but it's a small price to pay for your sanity. (Not to mention the safety of your children).
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You're hiring for a very important job -- someone to take care of your most prized possession. Beyond meeting the general requirements, your caregiver must be a personality match with your family and...
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Congratulations! You have a new nanny. Finding someone whose personality meshes with your family's is no easy task. You've done all the hard stuff, including background checks and negotiating...
Your Care Options
Parents of school-age children manage a unique balancing act during the school year. Early dismissal days, snow days, teacher work days and other days off excite kids, but leave parents struggling to...
College isn't just about studying and partying. In fact, most college students are great at multitasking, and juggling school and work. And babysitting is one of the perfect jobs for these students....
Whether you want to get out of the house for date night or run some errands without towing the kids around after school, hiring a babysitter is a perfect solution. Teenagers can be great babysitters....
Raising kids is hard enough! When you need some child care help, there are so many different names and titles for sitters, it can make your head spin. What's the difference between a nanny and a babysitter?...
When you're looking at child care costs, nannies can seem like a pricier option compared to day care or family child care. But there are lots of intangible benefits to think about. We asked Becky Kavanagh,...
Many parents love hosting au pairs because they're such a cost-effective way to provide high-quality child care. But they're not the best solution for every family. So what about yours? If you're trying to decide if hosting an au pair is right for you, here are a few questions you'll need to ask...
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...
Love. You knew you loved your child the moment you held her in your arms. Or maybe you knew when you first saw the double lines on the at-home prego test. Either way, your child has become your universe....
While pregnant with her first child, Rori Malech of Potomac, MD spent a ton of time trying to make choices -- the right crib, the perfect onesie, the best diaper brand. But once her son was born, she faced...
A child care co-op is an increasingly popular option for budget-conscious parents with a large circle of friends...
The decision to hire a nanny is almost as important as deciding to have a child. A nanny is someone who will help rear your children and care for them when you aren't available. Many families, especially those...
Demanding work schedules and other responsibilities often keep parents away from home during those important after-school and evening hours when children need to do homework. Even students who work well...
Finding the right child care situation for your family can be overwhelming. Many parents find that they have to decide between hiring an in-home nanny or enrolling in daycare, with neither feeling...
Your six months of maternity leave are over and you have to go back to work...
Though nannies are usually portrayed as caring for other people's children, they are often mothers themselves. When this comes to light in a nanny search, it can give some people pause. Will she be as...
As a new parent preparing to return to the work force, or a parent who just needs some time to him- or herself, the type of child care you choose will depend on several factors.
Part-time nanny, live-in nanny, mother's helper. There are endless caregiver names posted all over caregiving websites (like Care.com!). It can be confusing for both families looking to hire a sitter...
There's no way to prepare new parents for the fatigue, lack of sleep and resulting irritability they will experience when they bring a bundle of joy home. If the freshly painted nursery is set up...
You're in a dilemma. The kids are out of school and you need to fill their time -- somehow. Whether you're just looking for a break to run errands (and let them run off some energy), need to fill...
How to Find a Nanny or Babysitter
Think you can't afford child care? Think again. You may believe child care is too expensive for your family, but once you explore your options, you might be surprised. With a little creativity...
If you could build the perfect caregiver from scratch, what personality traits would you include? We talked to people all over the country to find out what characteristics they consider the most important...
You're on the hunt for a new nanny. Great! The relationship between a family and their nanny is one that can be quite rewarding.But not all nannies are created equal. What does your family need?Emma...
When it comes time to find child care, some families turn to grandparents or other relatives. And while some family members can be great nannies, it's not always a perfect solution. Issues, such as...
When it comes time to interview a babysitter, (aka the person you'll trust with your life's blood), narrowing down candidates and finding the right fit can be, well, daunting. After you've determined the...
Hiring a nanny isn't a simple process. You're looking for the right person to care for your child and the process requires extensive research -- it isn't something you can rush through. There's...
You're stuck. You need someone reliable to watch your kids, walk your dog, clean your house, etc., and have been bombarded with responses from potential caregivers. Or worse, you haven't gotten...
The first step any employer makes when she or he is looking for a new hire is to write up a job description that lists the ideal candidate's qualities and outlines the duties and responsibilities...
In today's society, it's more common than not to find both parents working outside the home. Your kids are in school during the day, but what happens after? School lets out at three o'clock,...
Although kids are on vacation for the summer, you, unfortunately, are not. Who takes care of your children when school is out, but you still have to work? Finding a summer camp may work, but if you...
Need a nanny or babysitter to watch your kids at night? You should follow the normal caregiver hiring steps.But while there are several similarities between daytime and overnight care, there are some additional...
Family vacations are great for bonding with loved ones as you get away from your normal routines. But a family vacation can sometimes feel like no vacation at all for parents chasing after kids. Parents...
When families are looking for a babysitter, they usually run down a list of criteria. Parents want someone responsible and patient, with knowledge of child care and safety. Sitters interviewing for the...
Hiring the right nanny or sitter for your child isn’t always easy, but can be even more complicated if you’re a divorced parent. How much say should your ex have in the choice of caregiver?...
The hiring process is no joke. Whether it's finding someone to look after your aging loved one full time or taking your canine companion for a walk, there are many things to consider when you're welcoming...
A nanny search is a nanny search, no matter where you live. But if you don't know the area, the search to find someone to watch your family can easily become stressful. "You do not know the traffic...
We're all guilty of it. That mile-long wish list of everything we could want in a nanny. Even when the job description is posted, we are still getting applicants who may not fit the picture. So how...
If your babysitter just announced she's leaving for the summer or the first few weeks of the season are already overwhelming your schedule, you're in a pinch, but don't panic. Finding the...
Let's face it -- hiring a nanny can seem stressful, especially when you don't know where to begin. But if you break the process down step-by-step, you're more likely to do a thorough job and will have...
Finding a nanny, babysitter or other caregiver can be a bit different for families with twins or multiples. Follow the usual step-by-step process, but keep these extra tips in mind.We sat down with Natalie...
Posting a job is the easiest way to find a caregiver on Care.com. When you put an ad up on our site (which, by the way, you can do for free), you're broadcasting your needs to hundreds of thousands of babysitters, nannies, in-home senior caregivers, special needs caregivers, pet sitters, tutors and instructors, and housekeepers-whoever you need to find.
Let’s face it: family vacations can sometimes feel like more work than play. With young ones in tow, a significant portion of your time away can easily be consumed by finding ways to entertain kids....
You and your kids love your nanny. She's been with you since your kids were little and you couldn't imagine your family without her. But once your children are of pre-school or school age, schedules...
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...
You're busy all year long and sometimes little things slip through the cracks, like finding summer vacation child care or hiring a tutor. How do you know when to do what? Here is a schedule of the...
Whether she has to be fluent in Spanish or cook like an Iron Chef, every family has a list of "must-haves" for their new babysitter or nanny. What many families don't realize, however, is that they're...
Nanny Agencies
You've decided that you want to hire a nanny to help with your kids, but where to begin? How do you know who is the right fit for your family? How do you manage all of the details of hiring someone?...
Finding the right nanny for your family can be time consuming and overwhelming. At Care.com, we try to make the process as simple and helpful as possible. But sometimes you need someone to help you through...
Making the decision to have children and then finding someone to help you take care of them are two of the most important decisions you will ever make. Locating the perfect nanny to care for your bundle...
A nanny agency may be a great option for you to find child care. Read our article on What Is a Nanny Agency? Then find the right nanny agency on Care.com. When you discover a full service nanny...
Choosing a nanny for your child is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. Of course, you're hoping to find a caregiver who can blend into your family's routine, be comfortable...
Interview Tips
Every parent knows she needs to ask a potential babysitter if she's CPR-certified and what she'd do in an emergency. But here are 10 questions you may have never thought to ask, from parents...
Most families don't look upon a nanny search as an exciting adventure. However, bringing the right nanny into your home can be just that. Parenting experts Tasha Blaine, author of "Just Like Family," and...
You're hiring for a very important job -- someone to take care of your most prized possession. Beyond meeting the general requirements, your caregiver must be a personality match with your family and...
An au pair is a foreign national who comes to the United States to provide child care while taking classes and experiencing American life. These caregivers receive room and board in exchange for a weekly...
As someone who will be spending a lot of time with your children, your nanny or babysitter is one of the biggest influences on their upbringing -- aside from you and your partner, of course. It is vital...
Background Checks, References and Safety Tips
Times have changed since the days when your neighborhood teen could pop over last minute to babysit for the first time. A teenage babysitter is still a great solution for when you want to go on a date...
Leaving your children in the care of others is stressful. It's difficult to relinquish control -- even with someone you know and trust. When you hire a nanny, she'll probably be driving your kids around...
You need a new nanny, stat! But once you think you've spotted your ideal Mary Poppins, don't rush to hire her. Follow these eight steps to perform your due diligence before bringing your child’s...
Care.com strives to give you powerful tools that can help you to make the best hiring decision possible. Whether you're searching for a nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, housekeeper, senior care provider,...
Before hiring a nanny, babysitter, senior care aide, pet sitter, housekeeper, etc. and inviting them into your home, you need to run a background check. This step helps keep you and your family safe and...
Before you hire a new nanny, babysitter, senior care aide, housekeeper or other type of caregiver, you want to be confident that the fit is going to be a good one. One way to help: arrange a trial run....
When hiring a nanny, it's important to find out as much about the person as possible to help you make the right choice. One of the best ways to learn more about an applicant is through personal reference...
When Kathy S. of Roanoke, Va. reviewed her child's favorite tutor, she had only one thing in mind: "I wanted everyone to know that I would highly recommend her." She also knew that a review...
We understand that safety comes first. How can you make sure you've found the best person for the job? Beyond the interview, make sure to request a background check on a potential hire. Background checks...
When you're looking for someone to care for your most prized possession, safety comes first. Beyond meeting the general requirements, your caregiver must be someone you can trust. How can you make...
Hiring a caregiver -- whether for your children, home, elderly relative or pet -- can be stressful. You have to sort through job applications, read resumes, schedule interviews, etc. But one step that...
The end of the hiring process is in sight. Whether you've narrowed down your search to a couple candidates or there is one who seems to be the right fit for your family, reference checks should validate...
Remember Miss Clavel from the Madeline books? She would wake up in the middle of the night with the feeling that "Something is not right!" Miss Clavel knew that you should always listen to your...
Salary Advice
When you hire a new caregiver or accept a new caregiving job, there are lots of things to consider. Pay rate, schedule, responsibilities, etc. But you also need to consider benefits -- the little extras...
You might think you can't afford to hire a nanny, but families often qualify for different subsidies, programs and resources that can help them pay for the cost of child care, including a nanny. And...
Yes, you love your nanny, your housekeeper, your pet sitter and the other caregivers in your life. But do you pay them a fair wage? "Just as you are compensated for the work you do in your profession,...
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.)
A common question when families hire a nanny is: should she get paid overtime? A quick answer: yes. But according to the 2013 INA Salary and Benefits Survey, 36 percent of nannies say they don't...
Your nanny cares for your kids and keeps your life running smoothly all year long. Come December, it's important to say thank you for those efforts by giving a holiday bonus. According to a poll of almost...
When you hire a nanny, you'll probably talk about things like pay rates and schedules. But what about paid vacations, holidays and sick days? Being a nanny is a job -- just like any other. And nannies...
According to a recent USA Today article, babysitters make an average of $10 per hour. This can add up if you're planning a day in the country or a night on the town, but it's a small price to pay for your sanity. (Not to mention the safety of your children).
You've decided to hire a nanny, now it's time to get to work. You'll need to determine what kind of person you're looking for, what her duties will be, and how much you can afford to...
When you hire a nanny, there are lots of details to work out. For example, driving expenses.Does your nanny drive your kids to school, play dates or activities? Does she run errands for you? If your nanny...
When you hire a babysitter, you're looking for someone to fill a very important role: caring for your children. This is not a person you want to penny pinch on. Just like in any other jobs, you should...
You know you're expected to tip waiters, bartenders and cab drivers, but what about the other people who make your life go smoothly? Your babysitter is one person who may deserve a little extra now and...
Household help is a lifesaver for many families. Caregivers who look after young children, aging parents, pets or homes can reduce a lot of stress. But for all the relief they bring to you, you might be...
An after-school nanny can be the perfect fit for a family, filling the gap between when your child gets home from school and you get home from work."My experience with after-school child care has...
After You Hire
Leaving children with a new babysitter or nanny can be stressful for parents, but it's also a big deal for kids. They don't know what to expect. Will the mean ole lady make them eat broccoli (blek!)? Will...
Whether you're a veteran at leaving your little ones with a sitter or it's your first time ducking out for date night, one thing's for sure: it's never entirely easy to shut that door behind...
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...
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...
Flexible schedules, youthful energy, the ability to multitask -- there are so many reasons to hire a college student.And on Care.com, you can even search for caregivers based on where they go (or went)...
When a babysitter comes over to watch your kids, you want everything to go smoothly. Do you really want to be struggling to remember all the little details you need to share as you're walking out the...
Hiring a full or part time nanny is a huge step for a family and goes hand-in-hand with some complicated issues...
"My son loves his babysitter!" says Rebecca W. from Scottsdale, Arizona. "She only cooks his food, nothing for the family as a whole, but has also offered to do everything including...
Three weeks after Betsy Roggenburk Mastaglio's new sitter started, she wasn't so sure it was going to work out. Each day, when the three girls' (ages 7, 3 and 1) headed out the door, the sitter...
sitter is often tense when she walks into a new home -- especially one that has animals. Pets, who can sense that tension, might not be at ease when there's a stranger in their home. To take everyone's stress (including your own) down a few notches, make sure your sitter is comfortable with your pets, and is prepared to care for them while you're away.
Time goes so quickly. For busy moms juggling family life, work and every other thing, looking back at the past year of your family's life may feel a bit like a blur. Hopefully, the nanny you hired...
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...
Congratulations! You have a new nanny. Finding someone whose personality meshes with your family's is no easy task. You've done all the hard stuff, including background checks and negotiating...
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