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Gail Andrews
Santa Cruz$25/hr  |  12 yrs experience
Hi, I am a organized, detail oriented, self-motivated child care provider. I have spent the last 10 years providing care to children and elderly.
I love children and they seem to love me, as well.
In my last job I cared for 4 children ages 7 months, 3, 8 and 10 years. I was responsible for providing before and after school care, also full daycare for infant and toddler and older children on school holidays. I made snacks and meals, transported children to school, sports, appointments, helped with homework, light housekeeping, ran errands and anything else the family needed.
If you need help with your children, I would love to work with your family.
Monica Rosales
Santa Cruz$20/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hi my name is Monica Rosales. I am an undergraduate going into my senior year of college. I am a Psychology major with an emphasis in Child Development and an Environmental Studies majors. I have babysat young infants before as a nanny in high school and currently work in a research lab called Early Social Interaction Lab. I have also had experience teaching Kindergartens how to garden at the CASFS farm on the UCSC campus.
Maria Neas
Santa Cruz$15/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hi! My name is Maria and I am a third year psychology and politics students at UCSC. My hobbies include scuba diving and spending time outside. I have babysat for my mom's friend's 2 year old during a summer and on other occasions. I have also babysat her friends' kids as well. I worked as a lifeguard for three years, so I am CPR and First Aid certified.
Clare Penick
Santa Cruz$25/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I’m compassionate , honestly , and kind. I enjoy finding gratitude within each day.
Yaritza Alvarez
Santa Cruz$15/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hello, my name is Yaritza or you can call me by middle name lucy I'm a full-time student, I'm currently 18 years old I will be 19 very soon. I've been babysitting and I've been a nanny for about 3 years now, I've enjoyed every single moment with the kids I like having a good impact and having a good and exciting time with them. :)
Shyama Benton
Santa Cruz$20/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hello Families,
A little about me: I am a local of Santa Cruz. I am currently a student trying to obtain a long-term goal of my Bachelor’s of Nursing. I am also a CA Certified Medical Assistant; I’ve worked in Family Practice and Pediatrics.

At about 16 I started to work as a full-time assistant for established local preschool serving 10-15 children, ages 2-6+. The daily support included individual and group care. Daily schedule activities included reading, arts and crafts, free play-time, meals prep, and project-based seasonal activities. And of course, connecting and listening to their growing sense of self and wonder and always having lots of good FUN! From there it progressed in to Nanny positions.
I am medically trained in infant, child, adult CPR and First aid.
I am interested in part time to full time work, with a set schedule, with some flexibility. Look forward to hearing more about you and your families individualized needs and what you are looking for.
Amy Weeks
Santa Cruz$13/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I'm great with kids, also I love to teach the kids new things. If I can I want to help them learn more about how the world works and about those that have less then they do and to always give back to the community when they can.
Yvette Pacheco
Santa Cruz$13/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hello, my name is Yvette. I am currently in my last year of college majoring in Spanish Studies. I would love to gain more experience because I potentially want to work with students in a school setting.
Erin O'Keefe
Santa Cruz$20/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I've been babysitting since I was about 14 years old. I spent 3 years as a full-time nanny for a family with three boys in Los Angeles, but had to leave them when I moved to the bay area in 2016. Since then, I've been doing work in school settings, as I am working towards a Master's degree in Education, and am hoping to pursue a Master's degree in Psychology. I have always loved working with children which is why I am studying to be an elementary school teacher! Even though I am in school, I still want to be working with children, so I am looking for part-time work wherever I am needed! As well, I'm new to the Santa Cruz area, so I hope I can get to explore the area with your kiddos!
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Paige T.

Paige babysat my kids a few times, while I was out of town for a wedding and a date night with my husband. When we came back home, at night, the house was tidy and there were no toy messes. My kids said they watched Moana, played board games, and read books. The kids were clean and in bed before bedtime, too! She did an amazing job! - A Church Mom

Paige T.

She is super loving, and always brings a smile to my daughter. She would babysit play dates, when my child had her friends over. Paige played dress up, colored and painted, even played house and pretend kitchen. My daughter still talks about Paige today! - Rebecca

Jasmine G.

What really amazed me with Jasmine's work ethic was her way of communicating what her schedule was like and able to accommodate with things I would like her to do. My nephew really loves her and she helps him with making him food & anything he might need. Definitely recommend! - Brian

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How to Find a Babysitter in Santa Cruz, CA

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Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in Santa Cruz, 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 Santa Cruz can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Santa Cruz 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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