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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32 questions every nanny should ask during an interview

It goes without saying that, when you score an interview for a nanny job, you want to bring your A-game. However, even though you’re, technically speaking, the one in the hot seat, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come armed with a list of questions of your own. You do, after... more

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How much should I charge for child care?

Are you looking for a job in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a nanny, sitter or day care worker for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but... more

How much can you make as a summer babysitter?

For babysitters, the end of the school year and the beginning of summer typically signals one thing: many child care job opportunities. If you’re a high school or college student — or you have a flexible schedule — and love working with children, this can be a great chance to... more

How much can you make as a summer nanny?

Working as a summer nanny can be a dream job for a lucrative and fun season: Demand is high, the mood is light, and the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Families with school-aged kids need help with child care, and it’s a chance to be a hero not just... more

What caregivers need to know about online job scams

While the internet and job websites are making it easier than ever for nannies, babysitters and other caregivers to find potential gigs, it also leaves the door wide open for scammers trying to trick you out of money. For Virginia nanny Kattia Morales, it all seemed a little too good to... more

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What every nanny needs to know about taxes and payroll

You finally landed a great nanny job. You get to bond with a new family, plan lots of playtime and, oh yeah, collect a paycheck, too! We all love payday, but it’s also good to know before your first paycheck arrives what you can expect to see when it comes... more

How caregivers can — and should — earn a living wage

As a professional caregiver, whether you care for children or help a senior, you do critical work. Many of you even complete trainings and obtain professional certifications in order to excel at your job. Yet many families, and society as a whole, don’t reward caregivers as a high-value profession —... more

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Job references: Why you need them and how to assemble a strong lineup

When families look to hire a new caregiver, trustworthiness is one of the most valued qualities. Whether they’re looking for someone to care for their new baby, an aging parent or a beloved pet, they need to know the person they’re hiring is not only qualified, but has a proven... more