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All you need to know about hiring a sitter, from questions to ask during an interview to how much to pay.

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The Nanny Guide: How Much Does a Nanny Cost?

Thinking of hiring a nanny? In Part 4 of "The Nanny Guide," we give you a handy guide to help you figure out how much it'll cost so you can budget accordingly. Cost Estimates According to Care.com data from 2016, full-time nannies (who work 40 hours/week) caring for... more

How Much Should You Pay Your Sitter?

Whether you're a parent researching how much a babysitter costs, or a sitter deciding what to charge, here are tips to help. According to the Care.com 2017 Babysitter Survey, the average babysitting rate in 2016 was $13.97 per hour -- which is up 26 percent from $11.11 per... 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

How to guides

Here's How to Hire a Nanny From Start to Finish

In Part 1 of "The Nanny Guide," we give you the step-by-step process of how to hire a nanny for your family. Let's face it -- hiring a nanny can seem stressful, especially when you don't know where to begin. But if you break the process down step-by-step, you... more

8 Reasons Why Nannies Quit

What makes nannies want to resign? And how can both nannies and parents help prevent that from happening? Challenges are inevitable in any job, but being a nanny often takes those trials to new heights. And sometimes nannies and families have to part ways. But parting is never easy. "The... more

9 Things Kids Want in a Babysitter

During the hiring process, both parents and caregivers should think about what's on the children's wish list. When families are looking for a babysitter, they usually run down a list of criteria. Parents want someone responsible and patient, with knowledge of child care and safety. Sitters interviewing for... more

How to Write a More Effective Babysitter Job Description

Creating an informative, concise babysitter job description is the key to finding the best candidates for the job. If you’ve ever perused a job board during your search for employment, chances are you’ve read more than a few job descriptions—good and bad. An effective job description should give you all... more

8 Ways to Find Child Care on Vacation

Get kid-free time during your trip by hiring a babysitter or exploring other care solutions.     Family vacations are great for bonding with loved ones as you get away from your normal routines. But a family vacation can sometimes feel like no vacation at all for parents chasing after... more