Meet Katie: Nurse Practitioner, Hockey Fan, & Babysitter

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As a pediatric nurse practitioner at the top hospital in the US, Katie makes her living helping children. Since joining UrbanSitter in 2015, she’s expanded her services to include babysitting for some of Boston’s coolest families. A lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan, she says she uses her own passion for sports as a tool for connecting […]

How do you handle babysitting jobs where the parent is working from home?

8 tried-and-true ways to work together with work-at-home parents Babysitting while parents are working from home can all too often become a case of ‘too many cooks in the kitchen.’ Children often want to stick close to mom and dad, and the sitter may struggle to distract them enough to give the parents some space. […]

7 Tips for Moving on After a Breakup…With Your Nanny Family

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Leaving a family—whether it be on good or bad terms—can be one of the most difficult relationships for a nanny to navigate. Sometimes, it can feel less like leaving a babysitting job, and more like a breakup. You can make the transition easier by acting professionally in all of your interactions, being straightforward in your […]

From Portland to San Francisco: Meet Katherine, A Part-Time Babysitter and Nanny

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Portland-native turned San Francisco-transplant Katherine describes childcare as her “absolute passion.”  She’s been a sitter and nanny on UrbanSitter for the past four years, using babysitting as a way to help her pay her way through college, and has done everything from overnight sitting jobs to traveling internationally with families. She’s worked with over 100 […]

UrbanSitter is expanding!

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UrbanSitter is now available in more cities across the US, including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, and Sacramento! Just in time for summer break, parents across the country can now find their community’s most trusted babysitters and nannies, on-demand. Whether you’re looking for a sitter to fill in […]

How to Land Nanny Jobs

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If you’re considering joining the ranks of the 1.3 million Americans who have careers in the field of child care, you may be in the market for a nanny job. Before you decide if a nanny job is right for you, make sure you understand the role and job expectations, and consider the skills and […]

Support Single Moms This Mother’s Day: Donate UrbanSitter Gift Cards!

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This Mother’s Day we’re asking you to help us donate babysitting gift cards so that single mothers in-need can enjoy some free time, me time or must-have time for doctor appointments, sick days, errands and job interviews. Single moms need babysitters and you can help! > Donate an UrbanSitter Gift Card < in any amount […]

Tips for a Creating and Managing a Successful Nanny Share

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Many parents are choosing a nanny share, rather than relying on day care centers to provide child care that is both personalized and affordable. As many parents can attest, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget. A nanny share is an excellent childcare solution since it provides convenient, specialized […]

10 Reasons Why College Students Should Consider Babysitting Jobs

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It is estimated that the average cost of college tuition and fees for this school year is nearly $10,000 to attend a public university and more than triple that for a year at a private institution. And it’s not getting any cheaper! Not surprisingly, research shows that 4 out of 5 students are working to […]

Studies Reveal the Pros and Cons of Daycare

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Does Your Choice of Child Care Effect Your Child’s Development? Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care each week, which isn’t surprising since nearly 70 percent of mothers with children age 17 or younger work full or part-time. Almost 30 percent of these kids are enrolled in center-based […]