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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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Red Flags from Parents?

For those of you who are like me, being flexible and easy-going can sometimes put us in a bit of a troubling situation. From experience, I've learned to spot red flags that could save you from working with flakey parents! Here is a small list of not-so-great behaviors that... more

Real talk with nannies: 20 tips for getting your first nanny job

Care.com recently posted the question: “What advice would you give a caregiver just starting out?”  Here are my 20 tips for getting your first job as a child caregiver, based on my 10+ years of experience as a nanny: Spell check all communication. Check and double check your profile, applications and... more

How to write a babysitter resume that will get you the job [with resume template]

The goal of your resume is to make it easier for parents to hire you. No matter how many times you babysat in the past, your resume is often the first thing that prospective employers will see when deciding whether to hire you for their babysitting job. This is your opportunity to highlight the... more

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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? 

Interviewing babysitters: Here’s what every parent needs to ask

One of the most important parts of hiring a new babysitter is getting the chance to interview them about their qualifications. The word “interview” might sound intimidating to some people, but in reality, the interview is your chance to get to know a potential sitter on a deeper level —... more

How to successfully negotiate your pay rate for a caregiving job

There’s an unfortunate stereotype out there that women aren’t good at negotiating. That’s not really the truth: Harvard professor Hannah Riley Bowles, an expert on how gender affects pay negotiations, found that the problem is that women simply don’t negotiate pay nearly as often as men. “Women are sometimes more... more

Babysitter pay rates: What's the going rate for a babysitter?

According to the 2019 Care.com Cost of Care Survey, the average babysitting rate for one child in 2018 was $243 per week, or $16.25 per hour. However, the rates vary from city to city. For instance, San Francisco has the highest rate in the country, at $19.58 per hour, while Logan, Utah... more