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Deanna Olsen
Palo Alto$15/hr  |  3 yrs experience
I recently arrived to the Bay area (7/1/2019 update)!

I'm a nice girl from the Midwest - that has lived abroad, on the East coast - and now seeking a job on the West Coast after living in the Chicago area for the past few years. My sister & niece live in the Bay Area - and I'm looking for a great situation with a nice family. I have great references from families that I have nannied for before. I love kids!

I am open to a flexible schedule or alternative arrangement, including nights/weekends or temporary.
Luisa Z.
Palo Alto$22.85/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I have been working with children for about 6 years. My first experiences with children were in summer camps back in Colombia; five years ago I worked for two years in a country club teaching horseback riding basics and vaulting classes to children from 4 to 12 year old. Then I moved to San Francisco to work as a nanny and start a career. I have been working for about four years with the same family. They have three children: 10 year old twins and 6 year old boy, which were 2 and 5 when I started working with them. I have to help them get ready for school, prepare meals, drop and pick up from school, take to activities, and help with homework.
Melissa Mejia
Palo Alto$25/hr  |  2 yrs experience
My name is Melissa Mejia I’m a Register Dental Assistan 6 years of experience on the medical field. I’m looking for a part time job from 4 or 5 pm to the time needed, reason I would like to work with kids is because I like working with them and help them develop and become independent. I am Responsible, reliable, Patient , joyful person. Pleas let me know if I’m a good fit for you’re family and I will be happy to be part of it.
Ciria B.
Palo Alto$20/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Work caring for two boys for 6 years since they were born
Ilse Vazquez
Palo Alto$25/hr  |  6 yrs experience
I like little kids I have enough experience and really enyoy Tahoe care about care off the little ones
Sadaf R.
Palo Alto$11.22/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I babysat for a family for about 5 years on special occasions. I am very comfortable taking care of a child of any age and am willing to work with any family to provide the proper kind of care. Additionally, I have spent months with my sister who had a baby about a year ago which helped me learn day to day routines including diaper changes, eating routines, nap time, ect.
Erin W.
Palo Alto$22.85/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I am an elementary education teacher and currently live in California. My husband and I will be living in Chicago this summer due to my husband's summer job at a law firm. I currently teach second grade and have 4 years of teaching experience in Pre-kindergarten, first, and second grade public school classrooms. I have also been a summer camp counselor for three summers and have more than ten years baby sitting experience with children of all ages. In addition, I have a master's degree in education and reading.
Alfa Landa
Palo Alto$25/hr  |  4 yrs experience
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Kimberly E.

It was a pleasure working with Kim. She has a great personality and easy to get along with. Her customer service skills are outstanding always goes above and beyond to make sure she gets the job done. She is also a very reliable person always showing up on time ready for work. - Alejandra Jasso

Kimberly E.

Kimberly is great with children! She has several siblings that’s she has baby sat. Also my friends kids she is great with because they love her. - Haley

Paul S.

Paul is a very genuine individual that truly cares for the well being of others. He is very thoughtful, considerate and patient. He has watched both of our boys (2yrs & 4mo) on a number of occasions and they love being around him. He is respectful of rules and routines. I highly recommend Paul as a reliable and trustworthy sitter. - Ben

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How to Find a Babysitter in Palo Alto, CA

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Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in Palo Alto, CA

Before beginning the search for a babysitter, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for and if a babysitter is the right choice for your child care needs. There are lots of benefits to hiring a babysitter such as getting the flexibility of having some more time for yourself or with your partner. When hiring a babysitter, first, you should explore the differences between a nanny and a babysitter. If you’re looking for occasional child care, babysitters are the right choice for you, but if you’re looking for more frequent care, a nanny may be better for your needs.

From there, you can think about what you expect your babysitter to handle so that you can create a profile for nannies to reach out to you. The boundaries for babysitters’ duties can vary from family to family. However, in general, a babysitter is responsible for making sure your kids’ needs are met, including things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active. When tasks go beyond child care, for example to housekeeping, laundry, or meal preparation, it’s good practice to communicate these expectations with your babysitter before hiring them. Along with the different duties that you ask for, experience and location in Palo Alto can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Palo Alto Babysitter Interviews

Once you start connecting with prospective babysitters, the next step is to conduct an interview. To make things a bit easier, here’s a list of some babysitter interview questions to consider asking:

  • Do you have experience being a babysitter?
  • What sort of household tasks are you open and comfortable doing?
  • Do you have any references?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR in California?
  • Do you have a California driver’s license? Do you own a car?
  • How do you handle tantrums? Can you share an experience disciplining children?

During the hiring process, it’s essential to ask for references and by asking their references questions you gain a better understanding of they will fit in your family. As you get closer to hiring a nanny, be sure to run a background check to ensure your kids are in good hands. When evaluating a babysitter that you’re considering hiring, make sure you’re setting the foundation for a good relationship with your babysitter. You can do this by being clear about your expectations around babysitter responsibilities and compensation, and of course, by being friendly and welcoming!

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