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Kayte Bohrn
Des Moines$15/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
I’m currently a full time college student pursuing a degree in Psychology. I have been working with kids since 2015 and honestly do not see myself ever doing anything else. I am very understanding and have a lot of knowledge in child care and would love to find the perfect job for me!
Sydney Grover
Cedar Falls$10/hr  |  9 yrs experience
My name is Sydney G. I graduated from Cedar Falls High School in May, and I'm going to college next fall for Early Childhood Psychology! My current family is unfortunately moving out of state and I've been with them for 3 years. I love to form bonds with the children and actually do things that they enjoy. I love going on adventures with them, going to the park, the public library, you name it! I taught one of the kids I watch now to ride their bike, and I've tutored. I have experience with 2-week-old twins to 12-year-olds! Nannying is barely a job for me- I have always loved kids so much. I love making them have the most fun as possible and seeing them smile! My schedule is incredibly flexible since I'm taking a gap year. I have a lot of skills and experience in childcare so I can promise you your child/children will have the best time possible! I also have references available.
Kora West
West Branch$11/hr  |  < 1 yr experience
Hi! My name is Kora.
I am currently a senior in high school but looking to find a family to nanny for during the summer and maybe even during the coming school year. I have worked at 2 summer camps and have lots of experience with kids. I have worked with kids with special needs as well as Nero typical kiddos :)

I’ve also worked as a cook before so I am pretty good when it comes to making meals. I will be going to college next year and depending on when my job situation is I may be doing online classes so I could definitely before a full time & live in nanny if I was needed to do so.
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Sarah D.

Sarah has a positive attitude, sincerely delights in children, and is very industrious. I would highly recommend her for a nanny position. She is mature, trustworthy, fun, and can handle think-on-your-feet situations. - Heather Lovewell

Alicia S.

She was available whenever I needed child care. She was great with my children, always have fun things to do with them. - Kylie

Delores L.

She is such a caring individual. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Previously she was a teacher at the Catholic school, so our daughter would come home with projects and crafts she did during the day. She really deeply cares about the kids under her care. - Jacob

How to Find a Babysitter in Iowa

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Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in Iowa

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 can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Iowa 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 Iowa?
  • Do you have a Iowa 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!

And of course, as you learn how to hire a babysitter, Nanny Lane's nanny services are here to help you along the way.

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