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Christian S. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

22.85 / 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!
Kelsea A. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

14.28 / hour

I was raised in a loving home, my mom had a family daycare. Until about the age 13. As soon as my tired mom finally stopped doing daycare I continued to watch lil 1 year old baby. I took care of her over night most of get time and about 5 days a week. As soon as I graduated it was full time. This went on for a long time! She is now going to be going to high school! I stoped taking care of her because I moved to go to school! I have also during that time also when I was about 15 was a nanny for a 1 year old and 5 year old! I have been a sub teacher at preschools for the last six years! I am now working at a preschool in Felton.
Jocelyne G. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

22.85 / hour
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.
Carolyn M. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

22.85 / hour
Full-time hours

I've been a Nanny for over 16 yrs for 6 families. Two are Drs. I'm Trustline reg , Current CPR ( infant/child/adult) Current 1st Aid Excellent references Excellent letters of reference Clean DMV record with insurance Reliable car with ins. Experience with newborns to 12 Grandma to 10
Renee F. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

11.99 / hour
Full-time hours

I have nannied for many families and have wonderful references
Whitney  H. - Seeking Work in Santa Cruz

20.00 / hour
7 yrs of experience

I have been working with kids either as a nanny, babysitter, camp counselor or as a marriage and family therapist intern for almost two decades. I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. I am trained in child development and child psychology. I am also a full time mother of a 7 month old. I consider this to be my most in depth training of all.
I believe that forming secure attachment in children is one the most important aspects of parenting and nannying. Children need responsiveness and ample amounts of love and attention. I believe that if a child is not cooperating or behaving in the way a childcare provider would like them to, it is because the child is trying to communicate a physical or emotional need that should be met. When children are approached with understanding and respect they feel empowered and therefore cooperative.
I also have extensive knowledge in nutrition and food allergies and limitations. I am well versed in veganism, vegetarianism, paleo, autoimmune paleo, gluten free diets. I worked as a personal chef for three years and I am practiced at cooking for a family.
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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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