In-home child care or babysitting is unlicensed full-or-part-time care given in your home. You may find someone by placing an ad on-line or in a local newspaper, contacting other colleges or high schools to post a job opportunity, posting notices in your community, and/or contacting outside agencies. The nanny or sitter may commute to your house each day or live in your home. Sometimes in-home arrangements can be made with students in exchange for room and board.
Using a babysitter or nanny can be convenient and flexible and can allow for children to attach to a single provider. It can also mean dependency upon a single person for childcare and isolation for the individual providing the care. Rates will vary according to your needs and the responsibilities of the child care provider. The cost for in-home care is generally between $8.00 and $15.00 an hour. Nannies may prefer a salary, and additional costs to you may be incurred through using a nanny or au pair agency.
The effort and time you put into choosing a babysitter or nanny is very important. You should interview several people, ask a lot of questions, check for references, conduct background checks and, in the end, trust your instincts. Overall, you must make sure that you feel comfortable with the person you entrust with the care of your child.
After you have hired a nanny or a babysitter, it is important that you spend enough time explaining your expectations as he/she is caring for your child. Also, plan on making unannounced visits so you can adequately determine what is happening when you are not there. Observation of your child, both with and without your nanny or babysitter, combined with ongoing communication with your child care provider will help you determine the success of the care arrangement.
The Office of Family Resources can assist you in making informed decisions by providing you with information to help you conduct your babysitter or nanny search. We have resources available to assist you in finding a babysitter or nanny. By providing these resources, the University makes no representations whatsoever regarding the competence, ability, training, or experience of any of the babysitters or nannies found using these resources and it is not responsible for the acts or omissions of these people. It is solely your responsibility to choose the appropriate person to meet your needs.
If you would like more information about babysitters and in-home care, please complete the Referral Service Statement Form and fax it to the Office of Family Resources at (617)353-2333. When completing this form, please note that you are interested in resource information about babysitters and in-home child care. Someone from our office will then contact you to find out more information about your specific child care needs.