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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? 

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How to Interview a Nanny: Your Questions Checklist

In Part 4 of the "How to Interview a Nanny Guide," we share some sample questions you can ask a prospective nanny in an interview – and some that you should never ask. So you’ve vetted your list of nanny applicants, you’ve picked your favorites, and you’ve scheduled the interviews. Now what... more


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Why must I upgrade for parents to respond?

Recently, when I've been checking up on my sent applications, I'm noticing that a lot of them are telling me that I have to upgrade for the parents to respond. This is extremely upsetting because it's happening on a good majority of my applications and how am... more


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Babysitter vs. Part-time nanny for temporary job

If I am looking to hire someone for temporary help only—a one-time period, 16 hours a week (two 8-hour days), for a 16 week period—while I work from home, would that fall under "babysitter" or "part-time nanny"? 

5 Things Parents Should Look for on Child Care Resumes

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny starts with the right resume. Finding the right person to care for your little one is a daunting task. You want someone with Mrs. Doubtfire’s nurturing nature and Mary Poppins’ sunny disposition. But that’s no easy feat. After you’ve scoured the four corners of the... more

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How to Interview a Nanny: In-Person Interviews

Here are three ways to make sure you find the best nanny during in-person interviews. Most of us don’t hire people often and, when it comes to hiring a household employee like a nanny, you might not know where to start. You’re definitely not alone. In-person interviews with a nanny... 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

The Background on Background Checks

This quick guide to background checks will help you navigate the process a little easier. Background checks can be an important part of the hiring process, as they can help in revealing a person's criminal history. Care.com provides access to background checks that can aid in your search... more