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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.
Ashley Boatwright
Santa Cruz$15/hr  |  2 yrs experience
Hi! I'm Ashley. I am currently at UCSC working on a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in education. My passion is helping children develop emotional maturity, life skills, and self confidence through play and positive interaction.
Kate Chapin
Santa Cruz$15/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I’m from Seattle, lived in Montana for the last 5 1/2 years while I got my BA in film and photography. I worked at a Montessori preschool for 3 years previsously and love hanging out with kids!
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.
Clare Penick
Santa Cruz$25/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I’m compassionate , honestly , and kind. I enjoy finding gratitude within each day.
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.
Lizzie Fraser
Santa Cruz$15/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hi, my name is Lizzie! I am currently a junior at UC Santa Cruz, studying psychology with special interest in child development. I'm seeking a nanny job near Santa Cruz for this summer, and will be available June-September, 7 days a week. I have experience with babysitting, after-school childcare, and tutoring. I have a wide range of hobbies such as painting, writing poetry, cooking, and hiking, and I love to incorporate similar fun activities into my childcare, when I can. I am also comfortable with pets, as I have 3 dogs at home, but I do have allergies to cats and bunnies. I hope I can be of service to you! Thank you and looking forward!
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. :)
Amy Weeks
Santa Cruz$11/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.
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Imperia E.

Reliable girl, if my mother need it something she will always get it for her on time. She is carrying. - Elena Hernández

Imperia E.

She was very care and because she takes psychology classes she was able to give more extra care . She has a children class and she takes care and encourage them to do better for a better future. - Ernesto

Ashmita S.

Ashmita is very caring, respectful, timely, and dependable! I’m a single mom and she’s been both an amazing friend and an excellent babysitter for my daughter. I’ve had to work late a few times and she has been able to pick her up from daycare and take care of her until I’m able to get off work. My daughter loves her and so do I! Highly recommend! - Alicia

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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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