Warmth and a willingness to do things "their way". You are entering very personal space and parents want a caregiver that meshes well.
It is up to the parent how to raise their child not the hired caregiver. All you can do is mention your very successful meal time experiences when they are gone but in a very non judgmental way. I have been both a caregiver and a mom and things are... more
Fingerprinting, background check, CPR and First Aid are basic requirements.
Absolutely. Plus weekly travel compensation.
using stuffed animals and soft toys. Singing to infant. Rocking and cuddling. Helping infant clap hands and bicycle their legs.
You are an independent contractor. You set your hours. If you want additional money for overtime hours then ask for it. Your parent will either agree or disagree. Child care is your business, you set the rates and decide what you will agree on.
Effective consequences and rewards helps as well as clear procedures. Anticipate the undesired behavior and explain the reward/consequence for the action. For example children not going to bed when told. Explain well before bedtime that if everyone goes to bed nicely they will earn 10 minutes of reading time... more
Volunteer experience absolutely counts and matters. I suppose it depends on experience you have with special needs children. I would add two dollars more per hour depending on how intense the special need is.