No, you do not need any special certification to be a caregiver other than training. Usually companies will train you and put you on the floor within a couple of days. Training can also be done through youtube but let the families you care for know that you don't... more
I would say teachers are paid between $15-17 per hour, at least where I live and essentially that is what you are providing the family. If you feel you are worth 20/hr then request that, however if you really like the family I would keep the pay around the... more
For a 5 month old, it's very easy to be silly and make them laugh. Sing, dance, read and interaction is key at this stage. They also need tummy time, make sure not to give them any screen time as their brains are just developing. Babies get very tired... more
When working independently with families, it's much different than working for a company. Do you want overtime? Many families do not pay overtime, and it's up to you to agree to take on the extra hours. Unless you have a contract, it is not illegal because you have... more
With babysitting children 6+ I don't believe in showing authority, it's more about understanding them. I found through parenting my own child and babysitting others that when you listen to children, and talk to them you get further then being authoritative. It's always good to update the... more
I believe that for special needs children care providers in my area are charging 12-15/hr. Also, volunteer experience counts as experience, use that to your advantage and be sure to add your degrees in your profile.
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