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Jessica B. - Seeking Work in Walcott
Jessica B.

Jessica was a joy to have interact with our family. Always on time most times she was early! Jessica provided creative and educational ideas for our children to enjoy. Jessica is polite and pays attention to all the details. Definitely have Jessica on my list as a fill a fill in care giver. If I didn't start working from he she would be our full time Nanny our children love her! - Dee

Brooklyn B. - Seeking Work in Muscatine
Brooklyn B.

Brooklyn was amazing with our children. Our children adored her and she went above and beyond meeting all their needs. - Lacey Foster

Brooklyn B. - Seeking Work in Muscatine
Brooklyn B.

She dose a great job watching my 4 year old daughter and always check on her when she is sick. She is a amazing person and listen to what needs to be done - Hayley Haney

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What’s the average cost of a babysitter in Iowa?

The average cost of a babysitter in Iowa is $12.70 per hour. The cost of a babysitter is dependent on the babysitter’s experience, qualifications and location.
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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!

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