Welcome to the Childcare Resource Center

childcare resources

The UrbanSitter Childcare Resource Center is full of valuable information for parents, babysitters, and nannies.

We’ll answer your most pressing child care questions like, “How much should I pay my babysitter?”, “What kinds of activities are appropriate for babysitting toddlers?”, and “Where to find a babysitter?”

Parent Resources

Childcare planning:
Budgeting for a Babysitter or Nanny – How to make a budget and childcare tax deductions.
Average Babysitting Rates & Nanny Pay by City – Find out the going pay rate in your city.
Choosing Between a Nanny, Daycare or Au Pair – Tips on choosing full-time childcare.
Is an Au Pair The Right Childcare Solution for You? – Explore the pros and cons of au pairs.
Studies Reveal the Pros and Cons of Daycare – Evaluate the benefits and limitations of day care.
UrbanSitter Review: Not Your Typical Babysitter Site – Review of UrbanSitter’s service.
14 Secrets for a Successful Family Vacation – Tips for traveling with kids.
Making the Most of Maternity Leave – Ideas of what to do after baby arrives.
Going Back to Work After Maternity Leave – Tips for your transition back to work.
Transitioning Your Baby to a Caregiver – Advice about adjusting your baby to a caregiver.
Preparing for Your First Babysitter – How to prepare you and baby for a night out.
Preparing Kids for a New Caregiver – Tips on making kids feel at ease.
Parents Guide to Taxes – Understanding Childcare Tax Credits and the Nanny Tax

how to interview a babysitterFinding a babysitter, nanny or childcare:
What should I Look for in a Babysitter? – Questions to ask yourself before hiring a sitter.
Interview Questions to Ask a Babysitter – Most important questions to ask a babysitter.
Babysitter Interview: Deep Dive – More interview questions that cover almost everything.
[VIDEO] How to Interview a Babysitter – Expert gives tips on interviewing a babysitter.
When You Need Last-Minute Childcare Help – How to plan for unexpected childcare needs.
Which Babysitter is Right for My Family? – Different families have different needs in terms of childcare.
Type of Childcare Jobs – Understand the differences in order to make the right choices for your preferences and lifestyle.
Vetting A Caregiver – Conduct a thorough vetting of the candidate, which will help put your mind at ease.
Conducting Reference Checks – Can help you make a fully informed choice when choosing a childcare provider.
Tips for a Creating and Managing a Successful Nanny Share –  How to start a nanny share
When You Need Back-Up Child Care – Tips to find emergency child care.

Working with babysitters and nannies:
Bringing the Babysitter or Nanny into the Family – Transitioning from Nanny to Family.
Preparing Your Babysitter for an Emergency – How to make an emergency preparedness plan.
When Your Babysitter is Responsible for Driving Your Kids – What you need to know about keeping your child safe.
How to Evaluate and Monitor Your Babysitter or Nanny – Ways to evaluate your sitter, and hopefully put a damper on nerves.
How to Have Difficult Conversations with Your Babysitter – Tackle tough topics with your babysitter.
Reminders for the Babysitter printable form – Download and print this useful form to leave behind for the babysitter

tips for babysittersBabysitter & Nanny Resources

Tips for using UrbanSitter:
Getting Started on UrbanSitter – Basic tips and how to make a babysitter profile.
Advanced Tips – Advice for babysitters who use UrbanSitter frequently.
CPR Events– Find a CPR training event near you.

For Babysitters and Nannies:
Top Tips for Babysitters on the Job – How to do a great job and impress parents.
Babysitter Activities and Games – Things to do with the kids when babysitting.
Babysitter Activities with a School-Aged Child – Activities to do with an older child.
Babysitting Children with Food Allergies and Intolerances – Making a food allergy plan.
Babysitting Children with Special Needs – Overview of three common disorders.
How to Respond When a Child Misbehaves – Behavior management tips for sitters.
Understanding Babysitter Credentials and Certifications – How to become a qualified babysitter.
Tips for Traveling with a Baby – Tips for stress-free travel with a baby.
10 Reasons Why College Students Should Consider Babysitting Jobs – Why you should babysit during college.
How to Land Nanny Jobs – Tips to finding your perfect nanny job.
6 Factors to Consider When Looking For Nanny Jobs – Factors to consider before choosing a job as a nanny.
Professional Development Resources for Childcare Workers
Babysitter Report Form – Print out a copy of this fun report to impress parents on your next job

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