Babysitting in the Pandemic
Bringing a Sitter into your Home
Are you finding you need an extra set of hands or need a date night or day away from home?
TLC Family Care is here to help. TLC has experienced reliable babysitters and nannies available to help busy families. Whether you are looking for full-time help, part- time babysitting, or an extra set of hands for a day full of meetings and virtual learning, TLC sitters can help.
Here are some more ways your kids can benefit from a sitter:
1. A Positive Role Model: College students can be a great mentor for your children.
2. A Coach: Hiring a sitter who loves sports like your children is like having a private coach. Your sitter can play soccer in the backyard or pitch to your aspiring ball player all afternoon.
3. A Tutor: Your sitter could also serve as a tutor. Doing fun science experiments or learning about a certain time in history seems more exciting with a “cool” sitter.
Contact us about all your childcare needs today!
TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at email@example.com or 314-725-5660.
What does it take to be a nanny?
Being a nanny is a very rewarding job. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to watch children grow and learn in their home environment. But, it takes a special person with certain characteristics to be a nanny. If you have the following characteristics and previous childcare experience you might want to consider a career as a nanny.
- warm-hearted yet firm
- honest and ethical
- takes pride in delivering the best possible child care
- provides safety and security by establishing a routine and consistency
- knows the proper handling of an infant for feeding, bathing, dressing and holding
- understands children’s developmental stages and phases
- encourages individuality and creativity.
If you are interested in learning more about the nanny jobs at TLC for Kids please visit our website.
Click here for a list of our current job openings.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Babysitters for Art Basel
Art Basel is an exciting time of year in Miami. However, visiting exhibits like Art Miami, Aqua, and Red Dot can be stressful with young kids. It’s hard to enjoy all the beautiful art work when you are worried about your kids touching everything!
Parents start to wonder what to do with their kids while they are at Art Basel or enjoying the Miami Nightlife.
TLC for Kids Miami has the answer! TLC For Kids has vetted, loving and experienced babysitters who can come to your hotel to entertain and safeguard your children so you can tour Art Basal.
It’s easy to reserve a TLC Miami hotel babysitter. Visit our website to complete the Hotel Reservation form. A TLC representative will contact you immediately to assign and confirm an experienced sitter. TLC sitters will make sure your child is having fun while you are away!
TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 25 years. We also provide caregivers in Miami, South Florida and Atlanta. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-725-5660.
The “Uber” of babysitting has just arrived in St. Louis!
St. Louis based TLC for Kids is partnering with the technology company, Sitter, to revolutionize the childcare industry with the “Uber of Babysitting”
Over 30 years ago, TLC for Kids pioneered the industry by being one of the first to provide quality, professionally screened childcare to their clients. Now, as one of the nation’s top nanny agencies, they are transforming it again. Together with Sitter, they’re on a mission to radically simplify the way parents book, pay and find high-quality babysitters. Parents can now use Sitter to book one of TLC for Kids’ fully screened, professional nannies with a tap.
This partnership combines the decades of TLC for Kids’ skilled vetting and matching expertise with the cutting edge technology required to support today’s parent. Parents don’t have time to sift through thousands of unscreened caregivers online, nor do they have the expertise required to ensure the caregiver they find online is capable of keeping their child safe. With TLC for Kids and Sitter, parents save time and worry less by getting a sitter screened by experts on-demand, skipping the ATM, and saving all the critical information (emergency contacts, allergies, etc.) their sitter needs.
“A cleared background check just tells you a potential sitter is not a criminal. It doesn’t mean they’re good with kids. We’ve devoted our lives to developing an expertise in finding the best childcare providers. Now, we’re thrilled to be able to give parents access to them in the most convenient way possible.” says Stephanie Graff, President of TLC for Kids.
Current members of TLC for Kids have access to this new technology as part of their membership. Families in the St. Louis area who are not current members can access and use the app for free for a limited time. Join the Sitter app now to book screened TLC for Kids caregivers.
The only thing left for parents to do is get out of the house. They can rest easy knowing TLC + Sitter have them covered!
To get started using TLC caregivers through the sitter app, visit our TLC/Sitter page.
Make TLC the Best Part of Your Summer Vacation: Book Your Hotel Sitter Today!
Headed to Florida for vacation? There’s a lot of fun to be had for everyone! Kids – and adults – love traveling to new places and seeing all the cool things a different city can offer. If you are
traveling to Miami there are so many fun places to go with your kids. Check out some of our favorite family-friendly locations:
The Miami Museum of Natural Science , Miami Coral Castle Museum, Miami Metro Zoo, Miami Seaquarium and Jungle Island.
For kids one of the best things about vacation is the hotel. I don’t know why but, most kids LOVE the idea of staying in a hotel for a few days.
Parents, however, can find the hotel room a little cramped after a few days. Especially after long days and nights of sight seeing, parents can use a night away from the hotel and a little time to relax and recharge.
TLC Family Care can help. Our Miami office offers hotel babysitting in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and the Palm Beaches! Our hotel sitters are fun, reliable and screened. They will come to the hotel with games and activities for the kids to do while parents enjoy an evening out. Your TLC Sitter will become your favorite part of vacation!
Visit our website to complete the hotel registration form. TLC recommends booking your sitter prior to your arrival but last minute requests are welcome.
A Special Thank You to Babysitters
Being a nanny and a babysitter is an extremely important job. You are responsible for caring for and keeping safe a parent’s most precious gift. The days are filled with changing diapers, washing and refilling sippy cups and/or bottles, playing, reading, changing more diapers, and playing some more! It’s a tireless job that sometimes goes unnoticed. Not by this mom! Read the thank you Laura Harris wrote to her sitters for everything they do.
” My two kids are at the babysitter’s today. They’re running around in the watchful and loving care of my friend, Seyly, while I sit in a cafe and type on my laptop, listening to movie soundtracks in my earbuds. This is my one full day outside of the home to work as a freelance writer. My one day to chase my dream.
The rest of the week, I chase my other two little dreams. One has my laugh; the other has his daddy’s. For a long time, I felt guilty about doing something like this for myself. Then, I realized, it really does take a village. You, the babysitters, helped me overcome some pretty difficult stuff, and it’s time I shared my thanks with you.
Soon, I’ll pull into my friend’s driveway, and feel a flutter of excitement at the thought of seeing my children. I’ll open the door and find them both, safe and sound, racing around the house. It’s possible that they’ll react to my entrance by running away and sobbing, but I’ve come to take that as a good sign. They had a good time.
There’s no telling what kind of day my friend had, however. No telling how many bodily excretions she had to smell or wipe up. No telling how much food my kids spilled on her table or floor. I’ve been that sitter, as many of us have, and I just want to say,”Thanks.”
To all the sitters: You’re awesome and you probably don’t get paid enough. Some of you even choose not to get paid at all. You love our kids and keep ’em safe while we, the parents, try to remember the basic functions of adulthood sans babies.”
What a sweet thank you! Read the full blog here.
If you are interested in becoming a nanny or babysitter contact TLC for Kids! We are hiring in St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Boston, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.
Great Part Time Jobs Available Today!
Are you reliable and do you love working with kids? TLC for Kids has flexible part time jobs with competitive pay and great hours!
TLC for Kids offers many types of nanny positions (full time, part-time, and after-school), but we also offer temporary babysitting positions. These temporary jobs are great for students!
As a TLC temporary nanny, you have complete control over your own schedule—there is an online calendar where you post your available hours. The calendar lets the agency know when you are available, so when a family calls and requests a sitter for Monday from 9am-5pm, they know they can call you for the job. This type of scheduling allows you to go to school, maintain your social life, volunteer, etc.
Another perk of being a TLC sitter is the pay: a minimum of $12/hour (most of the families also tip their sitters). You always get paid for four hours of work, even if you only work for three. For example, if a family only needs a caregiver from 3pm-6pm, they are required to pay their sitter for four hours worth of work. You can also earn more money by taking multiple jobs a day. If you work for one family from 7:30-4:30, it is easy to get another job that goes from 5:30-10:30. The more you work for TLC for Kids, the more families start to request you and the more your income grows.
Not only is being a temporary babysitter profitable and flexible, but it is also a lot of fun! TLC for Kids caregivers are expected to show up to a job with a blue TLC for Kids bag packed with fun, age-appropriate activities for the kids. Most of the children know that TLC sitters bring cool games to their house, so when you arrive on the job the kids are very excited to play with you.
To become a TLC temporary sitter, you must be 18 years or older and have a minimum of three childcare references and an insured vehicle.
Nanny Jobs Available!
TLC for Kids has part-time and after-school nanny jobs!! These families are ready to hire and can interview ASAP!
Contact Jennifer at email@example.com if you think one pf these jobs would be a good fit for you!
Family in Creve Coeur needs after-school nanny Mon-Fri from 3:00-6:00p for 2 active boys. The best fit will be someone who is kind but firm. $13-15/hr
Family in University City needs a nanny 3 days/week for 2 year old and new born. Monday and Thursday are 8-5 and Tuesday is 9-5. Newborn experience is required. $15/hr
Ladue family is looking for an after-school nanny for 3 children (6,7,9) Mon-Fri from 3:30-7 or some days as late as 8:00. Also needs 2 mornings a week (Mon and Wed). $14/hr
Ballwin family looking for energetic nanny Mon-Fri from 3-6 who will enjoy working and playing with their 2 kids. $15/hr
Webster family wants to interview someone as soon as possible for their 2 children (ages 12 and 10). Hours are Mon-Fri from 2:30-5. Experience with special needs is helpful. $13-15/hr
Family in Richmond Heights with newborn is looking for a part-time nanny Mon-Fri from 12-4. Pay commensurate with experience.
Clayton family is looking for a part-time nanny for 2 kids. Most likely the schedule will be 12-5 four days a week. The father works from home. Family is looking for someone to play and interact with the children. $12-14/hr
Creve Coeur family is looking for a nanny Mon-Fri from 3-6 starting in November to play with their 5 year old daughter. Child works best with someone who is outgoing, loving, warm, artistic, and into “girly” things. $13-15/hr
Ladue family needs help with getting 3 active kids to different activities and with homework. Family will need different hours every week but nanny will be given advance notice and they can be flexible with the schedule. Position starts in November. $13-15/hr
Tips for Your Nanny Job Interview
Congratulations! You’ve secured an interview for a great nanny job. The interview with the family is your opportunity to shine! Be sure to leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned and arrive with a smile. Show immediate interest in the child(ren). Don’t forget they are why you are there! Read below for more nanny interview Do’s and Don’ts.
DO: Arrive on time and prepared for the interview. Leave 10-15 minutes earlier than planned in case there is traffic or an accident. Know the children’s names, ages, school arrangements, etc. Also have a list of prepared questions to ask during the interview.
Do: Have a resume or nanny portfolio to refer to while discussing your experience. Being able to show a family your past experience and relate back to it during the interview helps the family see your abilities. If you don’t have a resume or portfolio bring along a list of references names and numbers and/or letters of recommendation.
DO: Make sure you have a clear understanding the responsibilities of the position. This will help you relate your skills and accomplishments to the position, even if you come from another field.
Do: Use good eye contact and proper speech. Good eye contact indicates confidence. Proper speech helps us communicate better and teach children good verbal skills.
Do: Turn off your cell phone. You should always remember to turn off your phone before an interview. A ringing, beeping or vibrating phone during an interview is very distracting to everyone. If possible leave it in the car.
Do: Know the next step. At the end of the interview ask when you will hear back from them and if they need any additional information from you.
Don’t: Bring up your salary right away. Let the family get to know you and all you have to offer before you tell them your salary requirements. If the employer brings it up you can give them a salary range. You should avoid expressing a figure until you know that an offer has been extended.
Don’t: Underdress for the interview. You can show respect to the family by wearing proper attire. Wear nice slacks or a casual dress with appropriate shoes. If you want to wear jewelry keep it small. Remember kids grab for things and are sensitive to smells.
Don’t: Bring a friend to the interview. A nanny should always come to the interview by themselves. If you are unsure of the location or length of the drive they can practice before. Calling for a ride at the end of the interview can be very awkward for everyone.
Don’t: Talk negatively. Do not talk negatively about previous jobs, employers or kids you have taken care of. If they ask you why a previous job ended give them a brief and truthful answer without sounding negative.
TLC for Kids has great part time and full time jobs available now. If you are looking for a rewarding job working with kids please apply with us today! Visit our website to learn more or call us at 314-725-5660.