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Nanny Michelle"Michelle babysat our kids and they love her! She’s energetic and a lot of fun. Reliable too which is important in any nanny job."- Kelsey
Nanny Michelle
"Michelle babysat our kids and they love her! She’s energetic and a lot of fun. Reliable too which is important in any nanny job."- Kelsey
Nanny Barbara"Barb was extremely reliable. She didn't let us down once in 4 years. She is a hard worker....she cooked, did laundry and really engages with your children. She came up with countless creative things to do with our twins. Barb was our favorite. I highly recommend her, as would my husband and our twins."- Laura
Nanny Barbara
"Barb was extremely reliable. She didn't let us down once in 4 years. She is a hard worker....she cooked, did laundry and really engages with your children. She came up with countless creative things to do with our twins. Barb was our favorite. I highly recommend her, as would my husband and our twins."- Laura
Nanny Elizabeth"Trabajé con Elizabeth durante más de un año, Ella cuidó a Máximo, que actualmente tiene 4 años y ayudó a que mi hijo aprendiera a caminar y hablar, cada vez tenía una actividad diferente, tiene un carisma y paciencia única, siempre me daba retroalimentaciones en la semana, nunca tuve un problema con ella, realmente la recomiendo"- Magdalena
Nanny Elizabeth
"Trabajé con Elizabeth durante más de un año, Ella cuidó a Máximo, que actualmente tiene 4 años y ayudó a que mi hijo aprendiera a caminar y hablar, cada vez tenía una actividad diferente, tiene un carisma y paciencia única, siempre me daba retroalimentaciones en la semana, nunca tuve un problema con ella, realmente la recomiendo"- Magdalena

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How to Find a Babysitter in Altoona, PA

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Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in Altoona, PA

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 Altoona can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Altoona 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 Pennsylvania?
  • Do you have a Pennsylvania 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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