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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

A love letter to my kids’ babysitter (You are missed.)

Oh, babysitters. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Well, for one, you’re always bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to hang out with our kids when we’re at our rope’s end because we were up with them 564 times — again! — the night before. But, of course... more

How to get first-aid and CPR training

It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone — especially people who care for children — should know. You may not realize the importance of first-aid... more

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Nanny bag: 11 must-haves to bring on every job

For nannies, coming prepared to work is job No. 1. You need to keep everyone safe, comfortable and entertained. You want to think ahead so you come ready with some first-aid basics to address any little emergencies before they happen. And bonus points if you come with a well-stocked toolkit... more

15 party ideas for babysitters watching kids this New Year’s Eve

Get ready for one of the craziest nights of your life! No, it’s not your typical wild New Year’s Eve party with friends. Instead, you’ll be counting down to midnight with the cool kids you're babysitting — and making some great money and memories in the process. Of course... more

Jobs with babies: 17 great career options to work with infants

If you love infants and are looking for job options, we have great news for you: There are lots of well-paying and rewarding careers where you get to spend your time working with babies! But a desire to work with babies and a passion for the work alone won't... more

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

According to’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, which used payment data from over 3,800 parents across the country, they paid after-school sitters an average of $243 per week. After-school sitters made an average of $16.20 per hour, working about three hours a day, or a total of 15... more