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Jill F. - Seeking Work in Santa Barbara
Jill Ferro
Santa Barbara$20/hr  |  15 yrs experience
Hi there, my name is Jill and I love caring for kids! My first job was as the neighborhood babysitter beginning when I was 11 yrs old. I took it very seriously and took CPR courses and had many families I worked for. I continued this until I was 17 and moved away. I began working as an instructional aide for children with Asperger’s who were mainstreamed in a regular classroom when I was 19 and did this for a few years. While doing so, I continued to babysit in my free time. I have also worked as a teacher in a home daycare and was mostly responsible for the youngest children. (Although I worked regularly with all ages.) I have a degree which began as an ECE major (so I have a lot of ECE units), but I changed my major to Nursing when I saw that so many of the teachers in the school I was working in were either being let go or were not making nearly enough to make ends meet. I thought it would be a more sound financial plan to change to a Nursing career. After being accepted into the Nursing program, I felt it wasn’t a good fit for me and was unhappy. I realized that my true passion is being with kids and I want to bring my knowledge and experience to my next job where I can enjoy watching children learn and grow (it truly gives me great satisfaction)! I’m a good choice because I know the appropriate activities to engage in with your child for their age and developmental stage. I love all ages of kids, as each brings their own fun surprises but I think my favorite is 6 months to 2 years. These years are so exciting to witness due to the incredible amount of growing and learning that’s taking place. It amazes me every time. I also think I’m a good choice because I come with the added bonus of all my pre-Nursing knowledge! I’m CPR certified too. I have current fingerprint/background check ready with a clearance number for you to check. New car, long time drivers license, and a perfect driving record.
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Auggie B. - Seeking Work in Santa Barbara
Auggie B.

Auggie is such a fun person to be around and is very good at reading kids and adjusting to their needs. She not only watched my kids, but also taught them to ski with the patience of a saint! My kids loved her and miss her now that she is gone! They always had some fun craft that they were proud to have accomplished with “Miss Auggie” and she makes the worlds best sugar cookies! - Michelle

Auggie B. - Seeking Work in Santa Barbara
Auggie B.

Auggie was my daughter’s private ski instructor and was truly amazing. My daughter had so much fun with her and learned so much. She was great with all of the kids around the ski area and was everyone’s favorite! Any family would be so lucky to have her working with them and caring for their kids. - Sarah

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Laurie R.

Laurie is an exceptionally warm, competent and capable caregiver who is extremely reliable and professional. My son adores her and we felt tremendously confident in her abilities. - Gamble

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What’s the average cost of a nanny in Santa Barbara, CA?

The average cost of a nanny in Santa Barbara, CA is $19.76 per hour. The cost of a nanny is dependent on the nanny’s experience, qualifications and location.
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How to Hire a Nanny in Santa Barbara, CA

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Understand Nanny Responsibilities in Santa Barbara, CA

Before beginning the search for a nanny, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for and if a nanny is the right choice for your child care needs. In hiring a nanny, first, you should think through what responsibilities you expect your nanny to handle. With that information, you can create a profile so that nannies can reach out to you. The boundaries for nannies duties vary from family to family. In general, a nanny is responsible for making sure your children’s needs are met, including things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active. When tasks go beyond child care, for example, housekeeping or meal preparation, it’s good practice to communicate these expectations with your nanny before hiring them. Along with the different duties that you ask for, experience and location can impact how much you should pay your nanny.

Santa Barbara Nanny Interviews

Once you start connecting with prospective nannies, the next step is a nanny interview. To make things a bit easier, here’s a list of some nanny interview questions to consider asking:

  • Do you have experience being a nanny?
  • 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 in Santa Barbara? Do you have experience being a live in nanny?
  • Are you open to being a nanny in a nanny share?
  • Do you have any references?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR in Santa Barbara?
  • Do you have a driver’s license in CA? Do you own a car?
  • What salary are you seeking? Are you open to being paid through direct-deposit, pay stubs?
  • What are your expectations around over-time pay and vacation time?

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 prospective nanny, it’s essential to make sure you’re setting the foundation for a good relationship with your nanny. You can do this by being clear about your expectations around nanny responsibilities and compensation, and of course, by being friendly and welcoming! And of course, as you learn how to hire a nanny, Nanny Lane's nanny services are here to help you along the way.

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