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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made on Care.com

Whether you're a caregiver or searching for care, avoid these all-too-common slip-ups. At Care.com, we know that the process of finding the perfect nanny -- or the perfect nanny job -- can be a little overwhelming. So, we want to make it as simple for you as possible. As more... more


How to Get a Teen Babysitting Job

These are the 13 steps you need to take to become a great babysitter -- and land an even greater babysitting job. Allowance not cutting it anymore? Are your parents after you to learn about responsibility and get a job? Babysitting could be the answer. Babysitting is a great job -- especially... more


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What Is the Difference Between a Babysitter and a Nanny?

Learn what type of sitter to hire to best fit your family's care needs. There are endless types of care providers out there, the most common of which are nannies and babysitters. Before you throw yourself into the process of hiring a babysitter or nanny, learn what they have in common and... more


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How Much Does a Babysitter Cost?

In Part 3 of "The Babysitting Guide," we discuss how much babysitters typically cost, as well as the factors that can affect rates. If you’re looking for a sitter, odds are that pay rate plays a big part in who you choose. According to the 2017 Care.com Babysitter Survey, the average babysitting rate... more


60 Babysitter Interview Questions Every Family Should Ask

Finding the right sitter takes research, preparation, and a dash of intuition. Here’s a list of questions you should consider asking before you decide on “the one.” Turns out your kids aren’t the only ones with homework. When it comes to finding the right babysitter for your family, you’ve got... more


When the ‘Nanny Tax’ Applies to a Babysitter

Know when the IRS requires you to follow payroll and tax rules for your babysitter. Many families need only part-time or occasional child care assistance, instead of a full-time nanny. And while you may think that you’re not obligated to pay employment taxes just for hiring a date night babysitter... more


10 Options for After-School Child Care

Figure out what child care option works best for your family's needs. 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 meet their children's care... more


Questions to Ask When Calling References

When you do a reference check on a potential child care provider, what should you ask? The end of the hiring process is in sight. Whether you've narrowed down your nanny or babysitter search to a couple candidates or there is one who seems to be the right fit... more