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Interviewing for child care jobs

What questions should you ask your nanny or babysitter during your phone screening or in-person interview? Our insiders and real moms give you advice on the right questions to get the answers that will help you make a decision.


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Is it okay to quit my nanny job?

I am a college student home for the summer and I work as a nanny for two children, ages 4 and 5. I nannied last summer and have babysat since I was 12 or 13, and was used to working 9-5 pm. With this job, I am expected to work 8-6... more


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What kind of interview questions should I ask a prospective tutor?

I'm looking for advice on hiring a tutor to help boost my kindergartner's reading skills. I know I want them to be fun, engaging and have early childhood education experience, but what kind of situational questions should I ask? What unspoken qualities should I look for? 

How to interview for nanny jobs: What to bring, say and ask to land the gig

Interviews are an opportunity to not only highlight how well you fit a particular job description, but also to find out if the job and family is the right fit for you. Interviews can show how professional and qualified you are, and they can help you make a lasting impression... more

9 ways to stand out when looking for a nanny job

With 1.2 million people working in child care, it can be difficult to stand out, if you’re looking to land a job as a nanny. Knowing how to effectively showcase your services as a child care provider can help open up opportunities. And with steady job growth — 7... more

How to guides

How to Interview for Child Care Jobs

Here are our tips for how to prepare for a child care job interview. No matter whether you're a seasoned nanny, a veteran mother's helper, or a babysitter who's just starting out, parents will have a lot of questions when you apply to their job. And, as... 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

7 Questions Every Nanny Should Ask During an Interview

When you're interviewing for a nanny job, here are the topics you should bring up.   Did you just score an interview for a great new nanny job? Congratulations! The interview is the most important part of the process, for both parents and child care providers. In fact, as... more

Meet the Parents: How to Interview for Child Care Jobs

Questions to ask when you're talking with families about a nanny or babysitter job. Whether you're a professional child care provider or a teenage babysitter, parents will have a lot of questions for you. And you should have a lot of questions for them. Before you accept a... more