9 Ways To Find Nanny Or Babysitting Jobs

nanny job searchWhile networking on Facebook, I was in conversation with a nanny who is having trouble finding a nanny or babysitting jobs.


I think we’ve all been in this position at some point.


Some of us clueless as to what our next move should be, where should we start looking, etc.


Finding a nanny job in an area where the demand for childcare is not popular is very tough.


However, you should continue searching until there are no other possible options.


If absolutely nothing comes up, then you might want to start looking for other job opportunities.


In this post, I want to share nine avenues to explore while on the hunt for your next rockstar nanny or babysitting gig!


1. A local nanny agency

A local nanny or placement agency helps make your search for jobs a bit easier.


When you first go to a placement agency, they will require you to fill out forms that ask for some of your personal information, such as your DOB, places of residence, social security number (for background checks) your experience, the type of job you seek, etc.


After they collect all your information, they will then try to match you with a family that has similar interest as you.


For example, A family may be looking for a part- time babysitter who is comfortable with walking the dogs and vacuuming. You, on the other hand, have mentioned that you are also comfortable with walking dogs and vacuuming.


Based on those similarities, the agency may see it fit to match you with that particular family.


So, in a nutshell, the job of the agency is to vet you as well as the family, and if the fit seems right for both parties, they will connect both of you.


The next step after the initial connection is to have set up an interview.


I’ve written some great tips I’ve used in the past to land my nanny jobs here, feel free to use those tips as much as you’d like! 🙂


2. An online nanny agency

An online agency or service is slightly different from the local agency.


While the local agency is hands-on and more involved in your search for a job, the online agency poses as a facilitator that provides a platform for you to do the searching for yourself.


This method takes a lot of time and patience but is proven to be very beneficial in this modern day and age. lol.


Beware, the competition is stiff so when you fill out your profile, make sure it’s top quality!


3. Referrals

Oh, this one is huge and might be my favorite way of finding nanny or babysitting jobs.


I have personally built a huge reputation for myself in this one neighborhood I currently work.


To date, I’ve worked with eight families! Three of them were full-time jobs that lasted over three years, and the others were part-time gigs that went on for over six years.


How did I happen to find all these jobs? Referrals!


Parents love working with trusted nannies or babysitters their friends have used and recommended.


So, if you’ve had a job that ended because the mom decided to stay home, or the kids started school, and they no longer need your services, it’s not going to hurt to ask them to refer you to a friend.


They sometimes belong to online parent communities, and most times, other families post in those communities looking for nannies, part time sitters, emergency sitters, pet sitters, etc.


You can ask your previous employer to post an ad for you in their parent communities, too.


4. Continuing on the referral train, another option is to ask other nannies. They might have a friend or previous employer who’s looking for a nanny or sitter.


I’ve personally helped countless nannies find jobs this way.


5. Family & Friends

Ask your family and friends to refer you to someone they might know who’s actively looking for a caregiver.


6. Create Flyers & Business Cards

This is an old fashion, fun and creative way to put yourself and your services out there while searching for jobs.


On the flyers, be sure to include your availability, the type of services you offer, ( babysitting, emergency care, date nights, part-time or full-time nanny, etc.) and of course, your contact info.


Same for your business cards.


When your flyers and cards are ready, it’s time to go crazy with the posting.


Post them in places where parents frequent. Places such as schools, churches, libraries, gyms, sporting events, etc.


7. Post an ad in the newspaper

Posting advertisements in newspapers is another old fashion method, and some may say this is desperate, but hey, desperate times calls for desperate measures! LOL.


Post a newspaper ad and run it for 2-3 weeks. You never know what opportunity may come out of it.


8. Community bulletin boards

The role of a community bulletin board is to be used as a channel to keep communities up to date of event listings, weather, and other news.


Try posting an ad on one of these boards. Again, you never know who’s searching for help them with their kids or pets.


9. Social Media- Group communities

We all know how popular social media is nowadays.


Social media is one of the best places for you to network with other nannies and even parents.


Why? Because everyone and their granny is on social media! HAHA!


I suggest you take full advantage of these opportunities by joining relevant community groups and start networking!


A good benefit to joining these groups is having permission to post your own “ad” for nanny jobs.


Pretty cool stuff, right?


So friends, what do you think? Does anyone else have an avenue to explore?


Please do share? I want to hear about it!


Plus, sharing is caring… 😀


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  1. avatar
    Chandra says:
    December 29, 2015

    Thank you so much for some of your ideas. I’m not getting much luck with agencies. I been working with children since I was 9 and now 28. I am not good on papers. Amazing in person but have to get through papers first. Would you mind looking at my profile care.com or my resume if you have time?

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      Kizzy Cooke says:
      January 3, 2016

      You’re very welcome, Chandra!

      I’d love to see your profile. Maybe I can give you some pointers on how to enhance your profile.

      What is the link?

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    Tammy says:
    January 4, 2016

    Great tips, thanks for sharing. I know a nanny friend seeking a job right now and I will definitely share this Blog with her.

    • avatar
      Kizzy Cooke says:
      January 4, 2016

      Thanks, Tammy. Glad you enjoyed it and will be sharing it with your friend. Hopefully, she can find some value in these tips as well.

  3. avatar
    Sandra says:
    March 14, 2016

    Hello there,
    I have been struggling to get a good nanny or baby sitting job with a good family.
    I am a well.educated 38 year old female.
    Good with kids loving and playful.
    I have been a nanny and baby sitter since my teenage.
    Please do give me advise on how to find a job.

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