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Mar 3

What are the best nanny interview questions for in-person interviews?

The in-person interview is a crucial part of choosing the right nanny for you. In this blog post, we share some tips on nanny interview questions to help you choose the right nanny for your family. Don’t know where to start looking for a nanny? SOSsitter links families looking for a nanny and caregivers offering their services. Find the right nanny for you with SOSsitter.

Learn which nanny interview questions to ask with SOSsitter.

Where should the nanny interview be held?

The first question we get often asked is where should the in-person interview be held with your potential nanny or babysitter? The answer is at home of course! You need to have a good idea and especially a good feel for the person that will take care of your kids. Having the sitter come to your house is an excellent opportunity to see how she interacts with your family members and pets, and to ask the nanny interview questions. You might want to wait until the weekend so you won’t be pressed for time between dinner, bath time, etc. Unless you are concerned that she might be scooped up by another employer, then schedule the in-person interview as soon as possible!

Hopefully you will have had the opportunity to interview the nanny over the phone. Then you can confirm your first impressions that you made over the phone, clarify certain points and ask more in-depth nanny interview questions. You can proceed the in-person interview much in the same manner as the phone interview by starting with a job description. Since you are in the house, you can go in more detail by actually walking them through the steps of a typical day and show them where things are, ex. cups and plates. This is a good time to explain special needs such as allergies, medication, etc. Then, you can start asking some more specific nanny interview questions. 

Learn what are the best nanny interview questions with SOSsitter.

Which nanny interview questions should you ask?

The goal of the in-person interview is to get the sitter to reveal as much as possible about him/herself so any nanny interview questions should focus on that. Review their references and work experiences with them and get them to talk. Here are some nanny interview questions you could ask:

  • How old were the children in their last job and what duties did they perform?
  • What did they like or dislike about their last job?
  • If the sitter is younger, ask them questions about their family life.
  • Do they have siblings?
  • What are they studying at school?
  • What are their favourite subjects?
  • You might also try broaching more sensitive topics. Are there holes (months or years where the sitter was not working) in the resume that you would like to discuss?
  • Does the sitter have children of their own?
  • Where will her children be while they are taking care of your children? One of our clients realized that the sitter had to leave at a specific hour to be home when her child got back from school. The only problem was that neither of the parents would be home from work by then!

Before the interview, be sure to write your nanny interview questions down on paper so you don’t forget them.

Who should ask the nanny interview questions?

Is your spouse also participating in the interview? Excellent! He/she can help by either sitting in the interview and watching for non-verbal cues or by minding the children so you can ask the nanny interview questions in peace. Or perhaps you prefer to reverse the roles? This is best decided by you both as you know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and your family situation. After asking in-person nanny interview questions, you will know if this is the nanny for you. If it is, start discussing salary and benefits. Haven’t found the right sitter for your family yet? Start finding now with SOSsitter.

Oct 17

How to find a babysitter part-time job?

Working full time as a child caregiver can be exhausting and therefore working part-time is an interesting option for many people. Do child caregiving jobs offer part-time work options? This question is on the mind of a lot of individuals who want to find a babysitter part-time job.

Finding a babysitter part-time job on the Internet

Finding a babysitter part time job is not that difficult. Find out in this article some tips for finding a job as a part time babysitter.

What to know about part-time work?

A part-time job is of course different than a full-time. Not necessary in terms of tasks at hand, but more for its duration. The hourly volume of part-time work generally ranges from 15 to 29 hours per week as oppose to 30-40 hours per week for full time work.

There are several reasons for some people to opt for a part-time job: monetary reasons like round off the end of the month, or time bound reasons where other activities are present in their life such as school or another part time job.

The role of a babysitter

The role of a babysitter varies from family to family. Several babysitter part time jobs are offered on SOSsitter, and each has its unique requirements. From night supervision to full day children supervision including taking care of household chores such as preparing meals and helping with homework. A babysitter is a person of trust and needs to be responsible and engaging with children. To succeed as a child caregiver it is essential to possess these qualities.

Look for a job as a babysitter on the Internet

Are you thinking of getting a babysitter part-time job? The internet is your first resource to start your search. Many babysitter part time jobs are regularly posted on online job portals online.

Whether you are a student or simply attracted by child caregiving, you can easily find a part-time job as a babysitter with SOSsitter.

Register on a job site

When registering on a job search platform, make sure to provide all the requested details so you can maximize your chances of landing the desired job. Make sure to showcase your skills and qualifications in a complete manner. Including your picture is also important. Employers are looking for candidate profiles with pictures, so make sure yours is included, where your face is clearly visible and up close. Additionally, do have background check done and ready to present to employers. Hiring families have a clear preference for babysitters with an up to date (last 6 months) background check.

Once registered, you should expect receiving part time jobs alerts in your email almost immediately.

In summary, the Internet is a good way to get a part-time job as a babysitter. Simply register on a caregiving job site, like SOSsitter, or to a broader job site and you’re done.

Aug 21

Help for kids to get the Back to School seem like a breeze

I am a practical girl and I like to simplify my life as much as possible. In the parenting area as well. I am reading a great book by Vicki Lansky, Practical Parenting Tips (Meadowbrook Press) that has plenty of really good tips (a great resource), especially help for kids by parents on how to get the Back to School time easier on everyone.

Back to School is a season of change with lots of adjustments to make for parents and kids alike. Here are 9 tips, straight from the book, that the author is suggesting as help for kids to smooth into Back to School. Some of them are funny but they just make sense!

  • Prepare for school the night before. Set the breakfast table and select an outfit.
  • Set a timer to alert your child when it is time to gather belongings and leave for school.
  • Sew nametags into clothing, especially coats or gym clothes.
  • Tape milk money to the inside of your child’s lunch bag or box, so he or she will not lose it.
  • Teach your child to wait for the bus driver’s signal when crossing the street.
  • Save empty paper towel tubes for carrying important papers or paintings to school.
  • With young children, pin notes to the teacher onto your child’s clothing.
  • Have a parent who works outside the home drop off your child at school or at the bus stop. Your child will be accustomed to saying good-bye to that parent, so it won’t cause trauma.
  • Don’t forget to ask your child about school activities the day before.

Being organized and practical will take out the stress out of the daily routine. And, by the way, if you have your Nanny preparing the kids to school, share those tips with her!

Jul 19

A Nanny needs time off too from child care

As a nanny, you too need time off. That’s right. There is much research available online that points to the importance of taking time off, both for our health but also for productivity at work.

In summer, a nanny needs time off too

Some might even say getting the appropriate amount of time off is even more important for those who are involved in chid care, as it requires intensive engagement with children who by definition need care and support.

If you are a nanny, whether you are planning your vacation, just need a day off or even some time during the work day to go to an appointment, there are some simple ways to have a productive discussion with your employer.

As a nanny, clarify your needs!

It is best to agree on the amount of paid (and unpaid) vacation that both you and your employer find acceptable when you first start working together. Annual reviews are a good time to revisit the arrangements in place or to raise it if you have not discussed it before.

If you need some time here and there to go to the doctor or dentist, talk to your employer and figure out good times that are most convenient for you and the family.

The sooner the better!

This is especially true when planning annual holidays or vacations. Giving plenty of notice means that there is time to ensure no conflicts (i.e. both you and your family want to go on holiday for that last week of August) and to make alternative arrangements. It also takes into the account the family schedule, a sign of respect and understand. Families do not like surprises. Avoid them.

A nanny needs a holiday!

Your family will understand the importance of taking holidays and if they don’t, you can forward this article! This is your mental and physical health we are talking about, and the wellbeing of the children is directly impacted. So be confident, clarify your needs and get straight to the point. Don’t “um and ah”.

Make technology work for you!

Use email to set out what you are thinking in advance of the discussion. Typing the email will help you clarify your thinking. And then use a shared online calendar if available to make sure your time off is in everyone’s calendar!

If you are a nanny looking for a family to support, you can sign up for free on our site!


Apr 6

The importance of grandparents: what role should they play in the lives of their offspring

Happy family looking at the cameraGrandparents are an essential landmark in the lives of their grandchildren. Their challenge is to find the balance between the love they feel for them and the discipline they must uphold, in harmony with the education advocated by parents. Grandparents should keep in mind that they should not take the place of parents or become too intrusive. Here are some of the roles that grandparents can play:

– Source of additional unconditional love from the first moments of the child’s life

– Educators complementary to parents, role both emotionally and educationally. They have more time, are less stressed, calmer pace of life

– Anchorage point, stability in the family environment, widens the emotional sphere of grandchildren

– Source of treats and special permissions without going against parents’ education

– Support for parents from birth. Grandparents, however, must respect their limits and not overdo it!

– Allies of the parents; they should not criticize them or go against the way they chose to raise their children, this could create many tensions

– The parents! Do not forget to thank the grandparents for all they do for their grandchildren and for you!

– For grandparents who need respite, visit our SOSSitter website

Mar 5

SOS Sitter – New feature

Feb 8

Loving Nanny: Will You be My Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is about telling and showing the people you love and care for – and who love and care for you – how Tell nanny you love her: Valentine's Dayyou feel.  A loving Nanny certainly falls into that category so make sure he or she is on your list! Here are some of our favourite ideas for showing your Nanny how you feel this Valentine’s Day:

  • A homemade valentine, crafted with love, especially for a loving Nanny.
  • Cupcakes or cookies you know Nanny loves.
  • An invitation to your loving Nanny to join the family celebration.
  • A skit depicting the ways Nanny cares for the family or recent adventures.
  • A collage of favourite pictures of the kids and Nanny. Lots of stickers and sparkles recommended!

But why not use the good china every day? Or in other words, there are things you can do every day to make a loving Nanny feel like the valued and loved member of the family that he or she is already. No need to wait for a holiday! Let your imagination run wild; some ideas to get you started follow:

  • A heartfelt thank you – whether in person, by email or text, or good old fashion snail mail. It does not matter how but showing appreciation for all Nanny does for the family (both day to day and the above and beyond extras) is the number one thing you can do to make Nanny feel a part of the family.
  • Tell Nanny he or she is part of the family!
  • A text to check in – say hello and we miss you! – when Nanny is away.
  • Telling your family, friends and neighbours how great Nanny is (as they inevitably tell Nanny!).
  • Keeping Nanny’s favourite snacks in the cupboard or sodas in the fridge.
  • Remembering Nanny’s special occasions such as birthdays.
  • Asking Nanny is he or she needs anything when running out to do errands.

It is important to say that all of this should be in addition to a solid relationship in which expectations, remuneration (pay and benefits) and performance is communicated about openly and fairly.

Looking for a local nanny or babysitter? Look no further!

So how about it Nanny? Will you be my Valentine?  xo

Feb 5

Tips to help children talk to us about their day

Father And Son TalkWhen we pick up our child at daycare or school after a day at work, we can not wait to find out what he did, what he ate, who he had fun with, in short, EVERTHING. But in fact, it’s not that easy! Our little ones are often stingy with words. How can we encourage them to say more? Here are some ways to help you untie small languages:

– Knowing the schedule and activities of your child will allow you to ask him specific questions about his day

– Asking questions that offer choices rather than open questions will help your child answer you more easily

– If your child does not want to talk, give him time in silence, do not constantly insist that he speaks to you

– Enunciate with your child short sequences of events that happen in a day so that he can complete them (ex: you woke up, you ate, and after?)

– Taking pictures of your child at different times of the day and asking him to put them in order and explain what he was doing will help him understand the sequence principle

– Ask your child for the times of the day he preferred while sharing yours

– Making jokes or exaggerations can also bring lightness and a touch of humor and encourage your child to say more

– Playing with stuffed animals or dolls and describing in detail what they do will help your child detail their own day

– Talk to your spouse about your day in front of your child will give you an idea of ​​what you expect from him when you ask him about his day

– Be attentive and patient with your child when he talks about his day even if sometimes it seems long and disjointed! We must show the importance of listening

– Here are some ideas for questions that may be of interest to your child: Who did you play with? Did something funny happen? Did you do a special activity? Did you eat something new for lunch?

Feb 5

Puppy and Kitty get bored: entertain our pet during our absences

Dog And CatMost pets spend time alone at home each day. Sometimes very long hours pass between the moment we leave them and the return home. How can we entertain them so that time goes faster? Here are some ideas to make your pet feel less alone!

– Leave the radio on so your pet has a background noise: there is specialized music for animals available on ICalmPet

– Leave the television open: there is a specialized television for dogs (DogTV)

– Get devices such as Petcube (interactive camera) and IFetch (toy that launches the ball to your pet and allows him to exercise -during your absence)

– Buy a Kong: non-toxic rubber toy with a hollow in the middle to place food or treats inside

– Leave one or more toys that your pet does not have access to when you are with him

– Hide treats in the house so that your pet spends time looking for them

– Buy puzzle style games that will stimulate your dog intellectually

– Adopt another pet. However, do not use this second animal to solve an anxiety problem, it must be seen before!

– Hire a dog walker or petsitter service (SOSGarde / Sitter)

Nov 13

Homework accompaniment; ideas for an effective and stimulating study time

Happy multiethnic family sitting on sofa together looking at daughter's drawing book. Black father r

The goal of homework is to help our children become independent students, to teach them to focus and organize. How can we help them in a positive way without doing the work for them ?! Here are some tips to accompany our little schoolchildren!


– Have a routine, a regular schedule, so that the child knows what to expect and avoid conflicts

– Choose a place to do homework: peaceful, well-lit, away from distractions

– Take breaks (adapt the frequency of breaks to the concentration of the child, each break should be of a maximum duration of 5 minutes)

– Supervise the homework period and make sure everything is done well (without doing the work for them!)

– Be realistic, positive, patient, value and encourage the child by avoiding stress

– Communicate with the teacher: the link between the child, the parent and the teacher is very important

– Make the homework period more creative by moving, changing environment, through play (write words with Scrabble letters, spell singing, ask questions as if you were at a TV quiz, etc.! )

– Use technology (with sites like

– Encourage reading by setting a good example!