Is an after-school child care job right for you?

Enter a caption... With so many busy working parents out there, there is a real need for after-school child care. This type of care can fill the several hour time gap between school getting out and parent(s) getting off work. Turns out, it can also provide a great job... more

How much should I charge for an after-school child care gig?

Before you head into an interview for an after-school nanny or babysitter job, it's important to put some time and research into pay rates. The more you know about the going rates for your area and the job at hand, the better off you'll be when it's time to negotiate on... more

When and how Black caregivers should discuss race and racism with a white family

The recent killing of George Floyd sparked a necessary conversation about Black Lives Matter, and, unlike previous times, it’s not stopping. The dialogue is growing and evolving, and that means the topic of race and racial bias, especially for Black people, is permeating every arena of our lives. For Black... more

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How much should I charge for child care?

Are you considering starting a career in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a child care provider for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but (of course) you... 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

Do nannies get overtime?

A common question when families hire a caregiver is: do nannies get paid overtime? The quick answer: yes. But according to the 2017 INA Salary and Benefits Survey, 32% of nannies say they don't receive overtime pay. That leaves a lot of nannies short-changed or paid off-the-books for their overtime... more

9 apps to make work life easier for nannies and sitters

From tracking nap schedules and organizing playtime to prepping lunches, you’re accustomed to multitasking as a nanny or babysitter. Luckily, new technology can make your job a lot easier, especially if you have a smartphone. “It doesn’t matter what age the kids are,” says Rachelle Gershkovich, sleep coach and... more

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15 benefits to consider negotiating into your nanny contract

When you’re deciding whether or not to work with a particular family employer, you’ll be considering the big picture, as well as the minutiae, of your employment agreement. Once you’ve established must-haves, like legal pay and a nanny contract, you’ll want to discuss the benefits you’ll be offered. While an... more