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Not sure if this question can be answered here as I am new to this.  My mother-in-law is going to watch my daughter.  She has the opportunity to go away for a month in either January or February.  What is the likelihood of being about to find a nanny for one month (days/nights will be specific for the month), likelihood of commitment, and likelihood of not cancelling?  Any information would be appreciated.

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There are caregivers. that are transitioning from one job to another and in the process they are availble to help for short periods. If it happens to work out well for both of you just discuss your needs and her expectations as well.

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Very likely, depending on where you live. I find that many times their is a surplus of supply with not enough demand. So you should not have a problem getting replies to a posting. Always check their avaliabilty and their reviews as well.

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Likelihood of finding a temporary nanny is extremely likely; especially amongst students and people working PT jobs. Especially if you have some sort of reassurance that you do not plan on cancelling and if you were to cancel any of the days, maybe even have a guaranteed amount ($10 or $15 guaranteed pay per shift that is cancelled). But you have every reason in the world to get your hopes up when finding the perfect childcare provider for your needs. :-)

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there is a high opportunity due to there is a lot of people looking to watch kids for cheap or for free

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its hard but you can discuss this

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

You need to make a suitable schedule for the applicants, or an applicant who doesn't have asecond job.

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Start looking now!

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Giovanni in Bend, OR
Aug. 24, 2018

As with any employment, at time of interview clearly outline the requirements and needs you will have. If there are issues with timing that you can work together on with possible caretakers, perfect! If not, then you'll have to keep looking. But from a caretakers POV, as long as it is clearly defined when I will be needed and as long as there isn't any prior commitments there should be no issues. Hope you find a good fit for your family!

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Look for nannies with great reviews, a lot of nannies will work for families for a month or so, especially college students. Always ask them about commitment and make sure you vet and get recommendations before hiring.

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As requested from the employer at the beginning of the job

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If the nanny is serious about her job, i doubt the nanny will cancel. Personally, if i see that a family needs a sitter for certain dates i only apply if i am free on those dates. I always keep those dates free until i am either hired or they pass so that i will have no scheduling issues. I am also a part time worker and i believe there are plenty of students out there like me who would be willing to work for only one month especially if it is not everyday!

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First I am sorry to hear about this problem of cancelling alot. I come from a family where commitment/your word is your bond. The problem I had when my kids were small was finding a good and reliable sitter too. It can be a nightmare for a working mom. From one mother to another, if I could, I would, but, I am in the process of looking for work myself and I don't want to commit that far out without knowing if I will find a job now. Best of Luck! Flo

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you could always look for a last minute sitter or date night sitters in your area

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Liana in Fairfax, VA
Aug. 14, 2018

It may be a matter of luck, I think it may be a little more unlikely since its not in December. You would have a higher chance of people being more open as college students are back.

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Megan in Boise, ID
Aug. 14, 2018

I think you'll find it less difficult then expected, plenty of college aged workers might be seeking temporary employment around this time due to going back to hometowns for winter break.

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Look for a nanny who is newer on the site, so they will have more availability. I'd also check for them having reliable transportation and CPR and first aid certifications.

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Depends on each sitter... Many sitters do occasional nights while others do much longer commitments for months or even years. I'm sure you'll find a sitter on Care that fits your needs. A lot of students are on winter break in January, which would be a great place to start. In a posting, make sure to advertise that it would be a great gig for a college student who is back home and looking for funds to kick off another semester.

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

I am available for one month, what is your location? I live in Phoenix Arizona and Boca Raton Florida . Laura Frances Zaki Founder, Director Peace Love Hope Foundation

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a job is a job long term or short term, different care givers are looking for different things

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message me ide be glad tp babysit:)

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If you post well ahead of time and have your mother in law be firm on her travel dates, meet the candidate well ahead of time and offer a fair rate (maybe with incentives i.e.meals at home provided), you're more likely to find a responsible caregiver who won't back out on you.

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Miranda in Guy, TX
Aug. 8, 2018

Ask about the employee's schedule and try to cooperate and see if you can agree with each other. ITS in between likely and unlikely.

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Visit my profile I'll be sure to see if I can help.

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It's possible if it's a nanny/caregiver is looking to supplement income that is good time for make up from over spending Christmas time.. I personally would be willing to do something like that

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you would need to start interviewing way ahead of time and let them know the time, maybe they can sign something that says they will work for you at that time or give you a certain amount of notice if cant do it.

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As a nanny, I would not be able to look at an post like that for myself being that I am seeking employment right now. I am a bit perplexed by what seems to be a trend of families seeking help sometimes up to 6 months before they would actually like a nanny to start. If a nanny is seeking a job right now, how could they commit to a employment opportunity that would not begin until six months down the line? I am not sure if this response is of any help to you, I just wanted to share that perspective, and am totally willing to claim it as my own.

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It should be fairly simple! A lot of nannies are looking for part-time work especially if they are in college. I have friends who have worked several jobs like that since it works better in their lives than a full-time job!

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Jamie in Davison, MI
Aug. 8, 2018

You're allowing for plenty of advance notice so that increases your chances of finding the right nanny. Some people do have odd schedules, perhaps they work at night or only on weekends, so despite the schedule being inconsistent, I wouldn't completely dismiss the chance to find someone. I would recommend starting your search now and also having a back up.

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Kaleigh in Byron, GA
Aug. 7, 2018

There is a pretty high chance as people are always looking for jobs. If you are scared of cancellation you can always find someone to be a back up nanny (explain to them that is what they could be hired for) but there is a chance that most nannies will not cancel unless they are sick or have an emergency. When looking at nannies you can always question people about their likelihood of commitment and not canceling to get an idea.

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Not sure how likely but I know your chances will increase if you start looking as early as possible. Perhaps consider taking on a backup/date-night sitter for when your mother-in-law is unavailable (or just wants a break maybe) and build a relationship with them. It's easier to get someone who's already been sitting for you to help out with that sort of thing. Best of luck!

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User in Austin, TX
Aug. 7, 2018

There is a high likelihood of finding a caregiver for just your situation. I have done this occassionally and it's worked out really well. Good luck!

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i would say your best bet is finding a friend or other family member. however if you where to offer the opportunity to stay with that nanny even after the month or two you might have a batter chance.

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Let me know of the hours you need a nanny for your daughter and see if it would fit into my schedule to help out with caring for her.

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User in El Paso, TX
Aug. 6, 2018

I think that when someone steps into becoming a nanny for a family they must understand that if at any point an emergency happens they should be available at anytime for a family your taking on this responsibility to be there and help the family. Like in this case I think this should be something a nanny must be ready for.

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you have to take the chance. there are reliable nanny/sitters available.

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Gina in Hillside, NJ
Aug. 6, 2018

Asked any of your friend or your mother-in-laws friends if they know someone who could relieved for her position for a month or so,

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Honestly? That is something that I would be interested in. I'm always looking for jobs that are short term.

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I'm sure if you are up front and honest about the details of the position, you will find the right person! I know I would keep an open mind! Good luck!

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July its best!

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Yes it can be. Start looking now. Also, be very upfront about your needs. Have a meeting with the nanny as soon as possible, this will give you the opportunity to feel the person out. I believe that the right nanny will make you feel very comfortable. And, if a more regular job should come to pass for said nanny, a good one will help find a trustworthy replacement before abandoning you and your family. Good luck

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I don't think there should be a responsible person to care for your daughter while you mother-in-law gets away for a month. I hope she enjoys she get away.

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Just create a job posting. I believe it guides you through providing all the details. Good luck!

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It seems to me that people are always looking for work, whether it be full-time or part-time/casual. If I was you, I would be prepared to pay a good hourly rate in the hopes of ensuring reliability for the month; someone who is willing to commit, given that it's casual work. Start looking early, as well.

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i think it should be fairly easy, start looking now for that time frame. it allows you to have a feel for your answer.

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Some of us who are nannies do this kind of work, so I would try....but get looking! I would make myself a list of questions to ask during your interviews and choose somebody who has reviews/references you can check for his/her reliability. It would also be smart to have a back up or two in case of emergencies.

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I believe that you could find the right person for this, but I understand the concern that this person might find another long term nanny job. I guess it depends on the hours a day you are looking for. It might be helpful to look for a nanny that is not looking for a full time position. this way you can ensure that they are not looking elsewhere and be committed to a different full time position.

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User in Bedford, NH
Aug. 3, 2018

It can never hurt to post it! Plenty of people are in transitions just like you!

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There are a lot of retired or stay at home women that would be willing to commit to short time nanny position...

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Kat in Norwalk, CA
Aug. 3, 2018

I think reviews help a lot to see how they do. If they cancel it probably for a good reason. And there are times where they can let you know ahead "hey this day I have....." and you could figure something out.

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I would seriously think about a day-care for that month since they have guaranteed staff. A quality nanny will most likely prefer full-time long-term, but then you never know -- you may get lucky & have the right candidate fall into your lap for that month.

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Just be very clear in your conversation what your expectations are. Every Nanny is different. Check referrals and reviews for reliability.

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Very likely search for a nanny on here, many are willing to help

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Me personally I don't do temporary, but I have seen others that will.

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I think it is doable, but you need to be honest from the beginning and tell them that it is a temporary job.

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Megan in Berwick, PA
Aug. 2, 2018

I think that there are people out there looking for a short term opportunities. Go for it and post it!

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Anne in Orlando, FL
Aug. 2, 2018

If care.com is the applicants main source of income and has no other regular commitments it would stand to reason that if he/she applies and is accepted this would mean a steady source of income for that month which would keep the applicant from cancelling as that would then affect their income for that month. Someone looking for a steady source of income may also accept it as they may be having a hard time finding a regular position so this would allow them a source of income even if only for that month while allowing them to continue to look with their start date being when their position with you has ended.

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Maya in Kearney, MO
Aug. 2, 2018

I think you can definitely find the right person!! Somebody out there would be a perfect fit and would love an opportunity like that for a slow month.

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I believe as long as you being the search now (early) you'll be able to find someone. The key is to be open about the dates and times so the nanny is able to work around this.

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Hi! As a caregiver I feel confident that you will be able to find coverage for that time frame, especially if you post the position sooner than later. Many students have off the month of January and are looking for a position during that time. Even if you are unable to find one person to cover the entire period, between two or three sitters/nannies you should have no problem. I currently go to Saint Joseph's University and as the month of January approaches I will be posting availability myself. Good luck to you! ~Maddy MacDonald

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I believe it is very likely to find someone responsible enough to commit to watching your children! I would just give them as much in advance as you possibly could and work everything out, that way there is no miscommunication that comes with it sometimes!

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Aug. 2, 2018

I think lots of sitters or nannies like to work intermittently. You never know until you put the post out there. Good luck to you.

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pretty high a lot of people do on call or short term nanny jobs

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I think it would be easy. girls are always looking. I would work.

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I would absolutely do that!

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There are a lot of reasons why this would work for someone. I think you have great chances of finding the perfect fit for what you need.

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I think it depends on the month you'll be needing the nanny and the pay.

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As a college-age babysitter/part-time nanny, if I weren't going to school or already working for another family nannying, I don't see why I wouldn't accept a month-long job for some extra cash. However, if other nannies/babysitters on care.com are like me, January/February isn't the most convenient month to take a month-long job. If it were December or May-August, maybe, but Jan/Feb is a busy school month. However, having specific days/nights of the month may help.

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Tons of nannies here on care are looking for short term babysitting, and you never know, you child might love them you'll want them back in the future! At least from my own experience, very few nannies actually cancel once they are hired, I've never had to cancel on a family, and the only reason I would ever cancel is because of a personal emergency.

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I believe the likelihood will be good in finding a commited nanny, as long as you present the proper information for the days/night/times the nanny is needed for that month, as well as your expectations. Then, follow through and keep your word. Nannies have families and responsibilities, just as you do, so it's important to be respectful of their time. I've heard from multiple nannies how they're not treated fairly, so they quit.

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It all depends on who you decide to go with some college students would be great to help out with that since they are most likely on break from school.

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I am sure it would depend on whether your Nanny was booked for that time,

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hi there i think you would defiantly find someone as long as you are clear and upfront about the time line and the exact period your going to need her for good luck dear

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nice for her but you may not her to have that power and once she is involved it can be hard to change. I would ask her to babysit on a Saturday evening, and see how it goes.

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