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Babysitting FAQ

Tiffany Smith
July 14, 2017

Everything you need to know about babysitters and babysitting.

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 along the way.

Have a question that isn't answered here? Post it in our comment section!

Getting Started as a Babysitter

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Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite

User in Grovetown, GA
Nov. 21, 2017

What should I do about working for a family that are, not the cleanest. They have four dogs(not exactly trained) with kennel cough. They stink and have hair EVERYWHERE. But the worst is the cockroaches. I'm here 8-10 hours a day with little pay. I'm just not sure what to do.

Jan. 10, 2016

Hi. I was trying to sign up for a background check but it kept telling me to please enter a valid social security number when I know my social security number is correct. What do I do?

Feb. 17, 2015

I have and interview tomorrow with a family for babysitting and they asked me to bring a copy of my ss, and ID with me, but no reason for it. Is that normal to be asked for your ss? The first time someone had asked for a copy of it for a babysitting interview.

How do you handle clients that cancel at the last minute. It's one thing when you have an ongoing contract with a family and you have established your weekly or monthly rate and what you require when they need to cancel or don't need you. But what about occasional clients that you only serve once in a while when they set up a date night. And they habitually cancel out on you. It is frustrating when you set aside your schedule for people and then you get a text that day or day before saying that someone is sick or they decided not to keep the date. I could have turned down other work or rescheduled my time for them and there is no compensation. But I am not sure how to handle.

July 25, 2014

Hello John, We offer membership to care providers aged 14-17. Unfortunately, your daughter will not yet be eligible for a membership with Care.com, but I will still be happy to provide some information in case you consider it in the future! For your child s safety, all members under 18 will need parent or guardian approval to complete an account on Care.com. A valid, verifiable, parent or guardian name and email address is required to be associated with their account. Please note that you, as the parent or guardian, will have full access to the teen member s account and will be copied on all communication between Care.com, potential employers, and the teen member. Additionally you will have full access to the content of their account, as well as full editing capabilities. Upon creation of an account, the parent or guardian will be contacted to complete the enrollment process. All information provided will be checked and verified against a number of databases and resources to ensure accuracy and validity. We want to ensure that your teen's experience is positive and safe. Direct contact information is not visible on any Care.com profile. For privacy purposes, your phone number, email address, last name and street address are kept private at all times.

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