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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 a nanny: Your questions checklist

So you’ve vetted your list of nanny applicants, you’ve picked your favorites, and you’ve scheduled the interviews. Now what? It’s time to draft up your question list so that you cover all your bases and find the best nanny for your family. Of course, you want the conversation to flow... 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"? 


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


What Is a Night Nanny? And Do You Need One?

Find out if a baby nurse or newborn care specialist is right for you. There's no way to prepare new parents for the fatigue, lack of sleep and resulting irritability they will experience when they bring a bundle of joy home. If the freshly painted nursery is set up... more


20 Ways to Save Money on Child Care

Think you can't afford child care? Think again. You may believe it's too expensive for your family, but once you explore your child care options, you might be surprised. With a little creativity, planning and investigating, you can uncover many great ways to save money and find reliable people... more


Follow this checklist for your nanny’s first day on the job

Once you’ve found the perfect nanny for your family, you know it. It’s an exciting time, and sometimes important tasks can get lost in the mix. It’s easy enough to remember background checks and pay negotiations, but have you explained all the specific rules, like screen time guidelines, or showed... more