Category Archives: Babysitting

What is the difference between a Nanny and an Au Pair?

If you are planning on working in Canada as a nanny from overseas, it is important to understand the differences between applying as a nanny or as an au pair.  What is a live-out Nanny? A nanny has several years of experience caring for children and often, this is the nanny’s chosen career Some nannies […]

Gap Year in Canada

Are you thinking about taking a gap year but don’t want to go broke on your year away?  Becoming a nanny in Canada could be the perfect solution for you!  You can make a great salary while experiencing Canada and making loads of new friends.  There are many families across Canada interested in hiring foreign […]

Are moms qualified nannies?

At Nannies on Call, we regularly get mothers applying to become nannies and often, these mothers do not have any childcare experience other than raising their own children.  They become frustrated when we tell them that they do not have enough experience to work with us and we hear things such as, “You’re telling me […]

Nanny of the Month

Congratulations Nanny Skylar, you are our September Nanny of the Month! Working with Nannies on Call since 2015, Skylar brings a ton of energy and a great attitude to all the families she has worked for. Skylar, who is known for her nanny bag full of fun games and crafts, is someone who is always […]

How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy and Maintain the Babysitter Zen

As we get transferred all over Canada, my number one priority has been keeping our babysitter happy! For several of my parenting years, I felt like my continual mantra was “Why Can’t I Find a Babysitter in Canada?” My husband and our three children were transported to Vancouver, then Edmonton, and now Toronto. In the […]

How to Talk to Your Babysitter About Screen Time and Social Media

Talking to Your Babysitter About Screen Time We have all read the reports from the Canadian Paediatric Society about the dangers of using technology to “babysit” our kids, and most of us parents fight the urge to use some screen time to provide us with some quiet time. The struggle can be difficult, and the […]

How Making Time For Your Husband Can Make You a Better Mother

Let a Babysitter Take Over So You Can Take Care of Yourself Sometimes the best way to be a good mother is to be a good wife. For me, being a good wife means spending time with my husband without the kids. Of course, this advice is easier to give than it is to follow. […]

Why You Should Use an Agency When Finding a Babysitter

Why use an agency to find a babysitter in Canada? I love the Toronto restaurant scene.  My husband and I have had some amazing meals, and now I have my sights set on an evening downtown at Scaramouche, complete with a piece of their renowned coconut cream pie. However, finding a babysitter in Canada can be […]

10 Questions to Ask a New Babysitter From a Kids Perspective

We think it’s important to let our kids have questions to ask a new babysitter! My dear daughters love our new home in Vancouver. They love the new color of their bedroom, they love the sound of the new doorbell, and they love that there is a bakery two streets over. They also love that […]

What I do as a nanny

I work as a nanny. People ask what I do and I say “oh, I nanny” as if I’m saying “oh, I mostly sit around painting by numbers” or “oh I don’t actually have a real job I just blow bubbles in the park”. Now, if I wasn’t chained to the internalized misogyny, institutional undervaluing […]