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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

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Preparing for a Caregiver Interview

You are a caregiver (nanny, babysitter, or senior caregiver), and you are job-seeking.  You need to be prepared for interviews so that you can ensure that the job you accept is a good fit for you.  Here are five topics you need to think about and prepare informed questions on in advance of interviewing. What […]

The Babysitter Box

The babysitter box is a box that you fill with everything a babysitter might need while you are away.  What should you include in the box? Emergency contact list (names, telephone numbers, and the circumstances under which they should be called) Timeline of what to do and when, including the bedtime routine and when you […]

What Kids Want In A Babysitter

Kids are unique individuals.  Each child will have specific things that will tend to make him/her feel more or less bonded with his/her babysitter.  While one child may respond well to a babysitter that is mild mannered and enjoys reading books to him/her, another child may prefer a babysitter that is high energy and enjoys […]

Toys Safety Concerns

We at Care4hire.com think most parents are very safety-conscious.  Well-meaning family members, who may not be as keenly aware of the abilities and habits of the recipient children, sometimes shop for fun-looking or media-hyped toys without thinking about the age-appropriateness of the toy.  Most store-bought toys bear suggested age ranges on their packaging or labeling.  For example, a toy may […]

Would You Hire a Teen Babysitter?

When you think of the traits that you seek in a caregiver for your children, you may create a list of adjectives like responsible, mature, dependable, and level-headed.  These are terms not typically associated with teens.  Does that mean you should not hire a teen babysitter?  The answer is that it depends.  Read on for […]

10 Signs of a Great Babysitter

How do you know if your family babysitter is great?  Below are the top 10 signs that your babysitter is outstanding. 1.      Your children feel a strong emotional bond with her.  They eagerly anticipate her visits.  They are happy and well rested the next morning.  They ask to see or call her when she is […]

Hiring a Childcare Provider Who Can Tutor Your Child

You are seeking a childcare provider . . . and not just any childcare provider.  You want a childcare provider who has the knowledge and skills to tutor your child as well as babysit or nanny for him on a daily basis.  Here are some tips to help you find that perfect tutor/childcare provider. Q: […]

Why Hire a Babysitter?

You are a first-time parent.  Why should you hire a babysitter for your new little bundle of joy? 1.      So you and your spouse or partner can have a date night periodically.  These date nights keep the spark going in your relationship when breast pumps, dirty diapers, and regurgitated milk would otherwise diminish the spark. […]

Babysitters Helping with Homework

You babysit a family of two kids every afternoon from the time the kids get out of school to the time the parents get home from work.  Among your responsibilities as a babysitter, you are to help the kids with their homework.  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that task. Speak with […]

Why Become a Babysitter?

You are a teenager looking for a job.  Or maybe you are a stay-at-home mom looking to supplement your family’s income.  Or maybe you are a mature individual who loves kids and is looking for fun activities on which to spend some time.  For these and myriad other reasons, people choose to become babysitters.  What […]