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Christian S. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate22.85 / hour

I have great experiences babysitting growing up-- starting with my younger brother who was born when I was eight years old and continuing into high school (and college) babysitting for families kids ranging from ages about 2-12. I had further experience overseeing junior/high school students at a camp babysitting for families who were guests at the camp. Further childcare experience I've had has been in the setting of a residential recovery center for women and children which was not my primary role there, but certainly had some time working with babies through elementary-aged kids there. In 2014, I had a great experience working with kids for an entire summer running a program for 2nd-3rd graders, but also having a bit of time working with the older kids as well (3rd-6th grades). In previous summers I was a counselor for junior high and high school-aged students. I just wrapped up my role as Assistant Director of Children's Ministry where I worked closely with kids of all ages ranging from 0-12yrs old. Furthermore, I've been a nanny one day a week since late 2014 working with kids who are currently 2, 5 and 7 years old. I've been blessed to only have great times and experiences with the childcare/ work I've done!
Courtney C. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate22.85 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I used to babysit for some friends and family, especially back in high school. I have not had as much experience with infants as I have 3 year old children and up, but I would love to gain more experience. When I was 18, I was the counselor and lifeguard for a group of 7 year old girls at A church camp for a week. That was a great experience! I would make sure they were clean, teeth brushed, clean clothes, hair brushed, and more for the entire week. I also was a swim instructor for about a year, and I taught kids from year old to thirteen years old and sometimes older. Most of the children were around three. I have learned even more from my experience as a swim instructor. I also felt much more secure watching and teaching them because you had to be CPR and lifeguard certified in order to be a swim instructor.
Courtney P. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate14.28 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I have been babysitting since I was 12 years old and have always had a passion for teaching and caring for children. I regularly babysat 2 boys for 10 years, and nannied for them during the summers. I started the position when the boys were infants and still continue to see them from time to time. I attended James Madison University where I earned a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, minor Elementary Education and also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (PreK-6). I have worked with kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade. I feel comfortable and connected with all age levels.
Jocelyne G. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate22.85 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

My experience has been with children between 7 months - 13 yrs old but I'm comfortable with all ages. I've had experience helping with homework, prepping food, bathing, helping with sleep/putting to bed, playing sports, changing diapers, reading, light housecleaning, petsitting while babysitting and arts/crafts. Think it's important to provide children with fun, safe & enriched environment.
Courtney G. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate12.54 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I have been a nanny for 5 yrs now and love it. I am very responsible and confident in watching all ages. I have worked at a day care. I've also helped out at a church with the infants and preschool kids. There also are many small children in my family who I watch. I've baby-sat since I was 12 and I love being in any environment with children.
Frankie H. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

Hourly rate22.85 / hour
Hours (full-time or not)Full-time hours

I cared for a Family's child from new born until 8 years old
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What are some common responsibilities for nannies in Santa Cruz, CA?

As a parent, it’s natural for you to ask your nanny for a little extra help around the house. However, the boundaries for a nannies duties vary from person to person. In general, a nanny is responsible for making sure your children’s needs are met. This includes things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active, that they have a healthy diet and a sanitary home. When tasks go beyond child care, for example scrubbing kitchen counters, folding laundry, gathering groceries, or teaching a language, you will likely need to provide additional compensation.

How can I ensure I have a great relationship with my nanny?

To start, it’s important you set expectations and are aligned on compensation from day one. This includes outlining vacation days, a protocol for sick days, and everything else you would want your own employer to cover. From here, spend time getting to know them. Take your nanny out one of Santa Cruz’s great restaurants, learn about their childhood, and discuss your parenting philosophy. Finally, be sure to resolve conflicts as they arise. Open communication is crucial to ensuring a healthy long-term relationship.

Questions to ask prospective Santa Cruz Nannies:
  • Have you been a nanny previously? How long did your employment last?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR?
  • How would you handle a situation where our child began choking?
  • How do you handle tantrums? Can you share an experience disciplining children?
  • What sort of household tasks are you open to doing?
  • Are you open to a live in arrangement?
  • Do you plan to work for our family over multiple years?
  • Do you have a driver's license in California?
  • Do you own a car? Do you have work experience in Santa Cruz?
  • How flexible are you on weekends and evenings?
  • What salary are you seeking? Are you comfortable being paid by direct deposit?
  • Are you able to help with food preparation?
  • What could you cook for a child aged 2-5? Do you know how to make baby food?
  • Are you comfortable facilitating play dates?
  • Have you ever potty trained a child before?
  • Have you worked with newborns? Do you know how to change a diaper and prepare formula?
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