30 Fun Activities this Summer

As the days get longer and the kids are out of school, you may find yourself trying to find different activities for your children to keep them entertained.

We like to mix up different day camps, activities to do as a family, and some small road trips.

Here are a list of fun activities around the Vancouver and lower mainland area that you can enjoy with your children

  1. Explore Tsawwassen mills – although you may want to get your shop on, the children can enjoy certain events such as this one hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium.
  2. Bowling – on soggy days, why not gather the whole family and knock some pins down? 
  3. An overnight trip to whistler
  4. Terra Nova Park 
  5. Harrison Hot Springs
  6. Maple Ridge Waterpark 
  7. Rollerblading along the seawall in Stanley Park
  8. Bike rides along the boardwalk – White Rock Beach
  9. Skateboarding / scootering at a skatepark
  10. Trampoline park 
  11. Berry picking 
  12. Go karting 
  13. Tennis 
  14. Exit room 
  15. Indoor climbing 
  16. Hiking 
  17. Picnic at Queens Park
  18. Beach day – Centennial Beach 
  19. Cultus Lake Adventure Park 
  20. Dinotown 
  21. Waterslides
  22. Maplewood Farm on the North Shore
  23. Burnaby Village
  24. Visit various famer’s markets
  25. Fish hatchery
  26. Movie night
  27. PNE
  28. Fireworks
  29. Granville Island Kids Market 
  30. Catch a nooner at the Canadian’s home field

I realize there are well over 30 days of summer break, but it is important to balance out activity with home days in between. Children also need rest and what better way than by playing outside, building forts, playing with friends, playing in a splash pool, watch a movie, play board games, read and doing crafts!

Have fun, cross of the activities you do together as a family and enjoy the heat.

Lisa Bruce has been successfully placing nannies in family homes for over 10 years. She has extensive experience with negotiating and drawing up contracts and understands the needs of parents as she is a mom to 2 awesome kids, ages 11 & 7 yrs.



Full Time Placement Consultant Needed

Are you looking for a new career? Nannies on Call has the opportunity for you.

Who are we?

With a well-earned reputation for the best nannies in the biz and over 26,000 families connected with warm and loving nannies, Nannies on Call alleviates childcare concerns in a pinch. We are intensely dedicated to childcare that exceeds expectations, which is why our nannies are meticulously-screened. We hire only the most nurturing childcare professionals. Today, Nannies on Call has over 800 nannies serving communities across Canada. We’ve offered over one million hours of on-call nannying and have placed over 1,800 nannies. It’s safe to say we’re the nanny experts.

The position: Full Time Placement Consultant in our Downtown Vancouver office

You will be joining two seasoned (over 20 years between them) Placement Managers. You will be helping them with everything in the Placement department. Your duties will grow as your experience and knowledge does.

Your duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Setting up nanny interviews
  • Talking to clients and nannies
  • Writing contracts
  • Responding to emails
  • Contract negotiation
  • Outside sales
  • Knowledge of Employment Standards
  • Social Media

Who are you?

  • You are driven to succeed but need an opportunity to prove yourself.
  • You are willing to learn a new industry.
  • You are excited to grow with a company and stay long term.
  • You have a passion for helping people.
  • You are happy to start on the ground floor and work up.
  • You have an upbeat personality.
  • You have a pleasant phone voice.
  • You have an entrepreneurial attitude.
  • You are not a clock watcher.

Your experience?

We will train you…but will be happy if you have sales, HR or customer service experience.

How to apply?

Write us a kick ass cover letter letting us know why you are the perfect fit for Nannies on Call, your salary expectations and why you would love to work with us. Of course, also include your resume.

Please forward your cover letter and resume to: Kate McGeachin at [email protected]


What should I pay my nanny?

What should I expect to pay a live out nanny?

As a working parent, I understand the tough balance between finding affordable childcare with quality childcare.  At Nannies on Call, we find that that the average hourly rate that nannies seek is sitting between $16-25 (Across Canada), with the average being about $20 gross per hour.  At $20/hour and 44 hours per week, this equates to about $45K annually. This is a fair wage considering the forever rising cost of living, and the professionalism shown by these nannies.  

If these figures are not in your budget, there are a few options to reduce your costs.  Nanny shares, allowing a nanny to bring his/her own child to work with them, or hiring a nanny who is less experienced are just a few examples.  

The old adage of ‘You get what you pay for’ is very true!

A few other things to consider:

1)     How many children do you have? Their ages? Multiple children in a household will warrant a higher wage.

2)     Are you looking for full time or part time hours? How many hours/days per week do you need the nanny? Typically a Nanny will be seeking a higher wage for part time hours.

3)     Will the nanny be required to live in or out? What and where are the accommodations if live-in? Live in is more cost effective but you will have someone living in your home.

4)     Will you require any overtime? Depending on what province you are in, there may be overtime after a certain number of hours per week. For example, in BC, anything over 8hrs a day or 40hrs per week, the employee is paid time and a half. Anything past 12hrs a day is double time.

5)  What types of benefits do you plan to offer? (i.e. Health insurance, holidays, sick days, cell phone, car?) Many of these are tax deductible for the employer.

6)  Do you need a nanny who drives? Would the nanny need their own car or do you plan to provide one? Driving nannies are paid more. If they are using their own vehicle to drive your children, they she be required to track their kms (for work purposes) and reimbursed the current government standard (currently $0.55km).

7)  Do you expect the nanny to perform any non-child related duties, such as housekeeping or errands? A nanny that can offer both child focused care as well as additional housekeeping or cooking should be paid a higher wage. Often House Managers are offered the top end of the payscale in any given city.

8)  Do you require the nanny to have an education degree? Early childhood degree? Nursing degree? Teaching degree? Expect to pay top dollar for someone with an education background as well as nanny experience.

9)  Will you need your nanny to travel with you? This should be discussed ahead of time. Plan to pay your nanny’s travel expenses including their regular wage. If they are working more, overtime rates would be included. Depending on if the nanny has their own room, you should consider a per diem as well.

11)  Do you want someone who speaks another language?


There are things involved other than just paying someone’s salary. You are required be paying someone as an employee as per the CRA which means remitting taxes on their behalf as well as paying an employer portion. Depending on what province you live in, this will range from anywhere from 7 – 12% over and above your nanny’s gross wage. This would also include having appropriate in home insurance with Worker’s Compensation.

Extra Tips:

If a nanny is looking for a higher wage than you are willing or able to pay, consider offering a competitive package that includes more vacation (the standard is 2 weeks paid per year as well as any other time not needed), metro/transit passes, medical benefits and paid sick time.
Do you want your nanny to be paid biweekly, bimonthly or even monthly? Make sure you know the rules for your province before making that decision. Carefully look into what the overtime rules are as well.

Pay your nanny what she is worth.  If she feels that she is underpaid, she will be looking for another job in no time.  When she gives you her notice that is not the time to increase her wage!

Bottom line is that you should carefully consider what you can afford before hiring a nanny, so that you are not stuck making changes after someone has started.


Nannies on Call is offering scholarships

Scholarship is the first of its kind for Canadian nannies

A study of employment patterns by Statistics Canada show that the number of families where both parents work has increased significantly in the past 40 years. 53% of homes currently have both parents working. This has led to the need for better childcare options and that includes nannies. Nannies may live in the home, be part-time or full-time, and perform a variety of tasks above and beyond watching the children; such as running errands, cooking dinner and even making the beds.

Nannies on Call wants to make help nannies with an opportunity to continue their education through a scholarship program announced today. The agency is offering a cumulative $5,000 in 2018 for nannies who want to take courses to further their education.

“Nannies on Call hires the most professional and experienced nannies so continued education of the nannies is very important to us and our nannies,” said Michelle Kelsey, the agency’s owner. “We want to show how much we appreciate nannies and what they do.”

Nannies can apply by writing a one-page essay outlining why they are applying for the scholarship, the cost of the course, the name of the course and a little about themselves and their childcare experiences.

All nannies are welcome to apply and they don’t have to work for Nannies on Call. Nannies can apply for scholarships throughout 2018. Funding will be available until all the money has been awarded.

“This is the first scholarship of its kind in Canada,” Kelsey said. “This is a win for everyone. Families get better employees and nannies get better jobs with families who appreciate and respect them.”

More information including a list of suggested courses can be found on the website Scholarship Page.

8 Simple Relaxation Techniques

8 effective ways to help you get rid of stress. You can do these steps easily whether you are at home, at work or on the move.

  1. Breathe – Slow, deep breaths can greatly decrease blood pressure and heart rate. This diversion also gives your mind something to focus on. Let the breaths to enter deeply and exhale fully.
  2. Listen – Listen to a soothing music, hum, or sing! This technique helps to slow down your pulse and reduce feeling of pressure.
  3. Massage – Massage a part of your body that feels tight or in pain. Press it firmly and hold, releasing when the muscle feels more relaxed.
  4. Organize – Clean up your work desk or your room. Unorganized environment creates stress which we may not be aware of.
  5. Close your eyes – Take a quick break from a busy environment by just lowering your eyelids. It’s an easy way to regain calmness and focus.
  6. Pat Cold Water – Pat cold water to any part of your body that feels tight or great tension. Cooling these areas helps calm your whole body as well.
  7. Walk or Stretch – If you are working at a desk, set a reminder to take a short break to stand & stretch or take a mini-walkabout inside the office or around the house.
  8. Happy Thoughts – Think of your loved ones, friends, vacation or anything that make you feel relaxed and happy.

Keep Calm and Relax 🙂

50 Ideas For When The Weather Is Lousy

Psssst!  Nannies!  Here are 50 fun activities that can be organized with minimal preparation using items found in the home.  Keep this list handy for rainy days, snow days or extreme temperatures!

1-Finger paint on tinfoil

2-Paper Airplanes

3- Play in the bath with kitchen items and make ‘bubblechinos’!

4- Have a tea party with stuffies on a blanket on the floor

5- Play ‘hair salon’

6- Make a story book

7- Pitch the tent and camp indoors!

8- Make homemade play dough or slime

9- Bake a yummy treat

10- Plan a treasure hunt

11- Put on music and have a dance party!

12- Pull out the dress up box

13- Face Paint

14- Make a ramp with pillows and race toy cars

15- Play ‘store’ with a cash register, money, and items for sale

16- Make a fort out of blankets

17- Throw a birthday party for a favourite stuffie

18- Have a car wash in the kitchen sink

19- Pull out the art box and let the kids go wild!  

20- Rearrange the toy room

21- Volleyball with balloons

22- Button jewellry

23- Karaoke or a concert

24- Write a grocery list

25- Origami

26- Race against the clock (how many times can you jump in 10 secs?)


28- Paint little toes!

29-Sort through old toys to donate

30-Puppet shows

31- Make book marks

32- Make friendship jewellery with paint, pasta and string

33-  Play ‘library’ with books, stamps and story time

34- Make a city using every single block in the house

35-  Make an obstacle course in the basement

36- Create a time capsule

37- Invite friends over to play

38- Take pictures of your favourite items

39-  Put on a fashion show

40- Make an art package to mail to a grandparent

41- Write a letter to a friend

42- Make crafts from the recycle bin

43- Pull out the board games

44- Hide and Seek

45- Create a treasure map and hide items around the house

46-Play ‘cafe’ or ‘restaurant’

47- Make Sock puppets  

48- Have fun with a good ol’ cardboard box

49- Surprise Mom and Dad with dinner made by the kids

50- Get inventive with masking tape on the floor (hopscotch, roads etc)


Kate McGeachin has been matching nannies and families for over 12 years.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and her daughters.  When she is not camping, skiing or biking, she is scouring the Internet looking for the latest vegetarian-gluten free recipes.


Guarantee of Hours vs Banking Nanny Hours

In the Nanny industry it is standard practice to guarantee a certain number of hours to your nanny per week (or month). This guarantee of hours is a standard term used in the nanny industry which states the number of hours per week (or month) that the nanny will be available for work and is usually equal to their typical weekly schedule (for example: if the nanny works 45hrs per week, she will receive a guarantee of 45hrs per week).

Depending on what province you live in, there are different provincial overtime rules set in place. In BC for example, anything over 8hrs per day or 40hrs per week (whichever comes first) is considered overtime hours and the employee is entitled to time and a half.

Banking Hours:

Some families will request that their nanny ‘bank’ time to make up unworked hours that they were paid under their guarantee. This should be agreed upon in advance so that there are no misunderstandings around vacation or sick time.
As the ‘middleman’ between nanny and parents, I do not suggest this type of set up in a contract as it can get messy. not only be confusing for both parties but it can cause strain on a relationship.

An example of banking is: The Williams family employ their nanny to work Mon – Friday 8am – 4pm with a guarantee of 40hrs a week. They decide that they will take a long weekend trip and will not need their nanny for Monday & Tuesday of next week. They will still pay their nanny as per their guarantee but she will ‘owe’ them 16hrs for future babysitting hours. They request their nanny to work her regular shifts Wed – Fri, but also work the following 2 Saturdays (8-4) without any further compensation, to make up the hours.

Again, deciding in advance whether your nanny will be asked to bank hours is extremely important when negotiating your contract. The details around the banking must be laid out also. How much notice will be given to your nanny for time when they are not needed? What is the maximum amount of time that he/she can have in their ‘bank’ at one time? Who is tracking these hours? Not setting this up correctly, can have a very negative impact on your nanny/family relationship if not handled correctly.

Nanny Perspective:

They are ready, willing and able to work their normal schedule from Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm. The family choses not to use her, and they have a guarantee clause in their contract which states that she will be paid. This is the choice of the family if they chose not to use her during her regular working hours and nannies generally feel that she shouldn’t be penalized for the decision of their employer. This can cause hostility if the nanny feels that they are always the ones bending on what was agreed upon regarding guarantees.
Banking time is a money saving for the parents but asking your nanny to complete overhaul their availability and not being mindful of the fact that they have a life outside their nanny role, may mean she walks!

My advice; if you value your employee and are conscious of their work-life balance, you will soon find out that banking time is not the key to a successful relationship with your nanny. Keeping a record or logging who ‘owes’ what will only flaw the relationship if the nanny feels undervalued for not being paid for work outside their regular hours. Stick to the guarantees in the contract and be as detailed as possible from the get go. There is always room for give and take in any relationship, but be sure to be openly communicate any changes and don’t expect them to make up time. If you do wish to bank hours, I strongly suggest having a cap of hours in a bank (this should never exceed a full week’s guarantee of hours) as well as a common schedule that is used to track what is worked and what is owed. You should give your nanny at least 2 weeks advance notice and the ‘option’ of when they can make up the time. Remember that they have a life outside the job!


Lisa Bruce has been successfully placing nannies in family homes for over 10 years. She has extensive experience with negotiating and drawing up contracts and understands the needs of parents as she is a mom to 2 awesome kids, ages 11 & 7 yrs.



Searching for Faeries in East Vancouver

While Downtown Vancouver seems to get the most of the love, East Vancouver will always be my favourite part of town. Sure, Downtown has Science World, all the big name stores, and not one but two stadiums — but East Van is full of all sorts of hidden treasures of the smaller-scale variety. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family, with lots of parks, schools, community centres, locally owned shops and restaurants. But did you know it’s also home to many FAERIE FAMILIES?

The other day I chanced upon a mysterious tiny door at the bottom of a tree in my neighbourhood…a faerie door! It instantly sparked my curiosity. I packed up my water bottle, camera, and enlisted the help of my trusty canine pal, Chiri (dogs are handy for sensing anything out-of-the-ordinary that us humans might miss). And off we went by foot (and paw) to sniff out more signs and clues of our newly discovered whimsical neighbours. Who knows, if we were lucky, maybe we’d even catch a glimpse of some of these notoriously elusive fae folk themselves…

Faerie Door (not far from Fraser St. and East Broadway): We started at the site of the faerie door that inspired our mission. At first glance it looks like there may be someone home, but upon further inspection it appears to just be some plastic figurines of a human lady, a little girl, and the micro-est micro pig. (The pig was an instant giveaway. There’s no such thing as real micro pigs.) Did the faeries leave them there as decoys? My guess is the true occupants are on vacation, and don’t want anyone disturbing their dwelling while they’re gone. It’s like the faerie equivalent of leaving a lamp on and having the neighbor pick up your newspaper.


Faerie Door

From there we headed East towards Gandview-Woodland, a rumoured faerie hot spot.


Left:  Who put these boxes all the way high up on this tree stump on Napier Street? …Seems too illogical for human work. How could you even reach what’s inside? I suspect this could be where the local faeries stow away their treasure collections (likely twigs and shiny things).


Right: Hmm.. not sure. Those entrance holes seem like a tight squeeze for faeries. Then again, real-life material obstacles like measurements and physics don’t really apply to otherworldly entities.





Neighbourhood Book Exchange Box (Charles St. and Lakewood Dr.): Okay, this one isn’t a faerie house; it’s a neighbourhood library box, where you can borrow a book or leave one for someone else to read. But if I were a tiny magical creature this seems like a good place to hide on a rainy day and catch up on some reading. No luck here on this day, since it’s sunny out. The search continues…

Neighbourhood Book Exchange Box

Neighbourhood Book Exchange Box


Epic Tree (Somewhere close to Victoria Dr.): FINALLY A FAERIE! She must be a very important one too, since it appears that she’s being faithfully guarded by her noble gnome friend. (Though I get the sense she’s quite capable of sticking up for herself. It’s nice of her to humour him!) This tree was actually full of faeries, dragons, birds, butterflies, and all manner of fantastical beings. Though these creatures were very camera shy and must have hexed my lens because they mostly just showed up as bright silver blurs. I highly recommend seeking this tree out to explore it firsthand.



Front Yard Faerie Village (Southward meander from the “Epic Tree”): **That’s all the location clues I’m giving for this last one!** This is what I imagine faerie co-op housing would look like. There are teeny houses of all shapes and sizes sprinkled through this garden! Not to mention, lots of winged pixies crouching behind plants, lounging around with their familiars, and dreamily watching the passersbies. I’m not sure what the rent is like, but if I were small enough I’d consider moving in.  

Front Yard Faerie Village

Front Yard Faerie Village

Front Yard Faerie Village

Front Yard Faerie Village

A lesson from a wise garden sprite: It’s very important to believe in oneself!

These are just a few of the faeries hiding around East Van. Do you recognize any of these spots? I’d show you more but they are a private bunch, so I don’t want to give away all of their secrets.


Why not plan your own faerie walk and see what and who you may stumble across? (HINT: Faeries are everywhere so you likely won’t need to wander far..but sometimes they are tricksters and will disguise themselves as squirrels and pigeons!) Even if you don’t spot any faeries at first, you’re sure to discover some equally interesting finds, if you keep your eyes out and your mind open…


Written by Miriam:
Miriam, one of our On Call Booking Agents, is originally from Toronto and has been living in Vancouver since 2010. She graduated from Trent University with a joint degree in Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies. Some of her favourite things include books (of the picture and non-picture variety), ghost stories, and making noises on her ukulele.

Visit and Animal Sanctuary

Looking for a weekend activity that’s truly memorable? Plan a day trip to visit a local animal sanctuary! Sanctuaries are unique, special places where children and adults of all ages can interact with and learn more about the animals that we don’t usually get a chance to know firsthand and up close.

There are many different kinds of sanctuaries. While some have more familiar companion animals like dogs, cats, and rabbits, many specialize in all manner of farm animals, such as pigs, cows, goats, sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks and more!

What unifies sanctuaries and makes them different from zoos, petting zoos, and regular farms is that their residents are all rescued. Many of them offer guided tours to the public, where you can expect to hear the inspiring personalized stories of the animals you meet.

One thing I love about animals is that they are unabashedly unafraid to be themselves, especially when they are in a happy and nurturing environment. They are a lot like children that way, which is why they often get along so well together! At sanctuaries, animals have the freedom and room to express their natural tendencies, and let their individual personalities shine in a safe place where they are assured to be well cared and provided for.

You may get to rub a pig’s belly or watch one make a straw nest bed to tuck their best friend into. It’s a chance to get friendly licks from a calf and see a goat leap for joy. You can have the satisfaction of viewing chickens frolicking in a dirt bath, enjoying the sun on their backs, or find out how sweet and cuddly some turkeys can be.

No matter whom you get to meet on your visit, you will get the opportunity to experience these individuals in a new light. You may even be surprised to find that the ones you connect to most are the ones you would have least expected. I never would have dreamed I’d have warm and fuzzy feelings about a chicken or a turkey before I got to know some at a sanctuary!

Here are a few tips if you’re interesting in visiting an animal sanctuary:

  • Plan ahead: Another key point of difference between sanctuaries and zoos: because sanctuaries are havens focused on care and rescue, the animals’ needs always come first. Typically this means visitor hours are more limited to give the animals space to relax and enjoy their own time. Some offer regularly scheduled tours, while others may be by appointment only. It’s best to look up each one’s visitor info on their website or call/email ahead of time.
  • Getting there: Sanctuaries are often located in rural areas just outside of cities. This is partly because of zoning laws, and also to accommodate the amount of space the animals require to roam and play in. Pick a day to go where you have a good amount of time to get there and take it all in. You can organize a carpool or share the cost of a car rental with others to make a group trip of it.
  • Donate: Tour admission prices are generally low-cost or sometimes even free, but you may want to consider leaving a small donation (it could be money or other items they may be in need of i.e. food, tools, towels for bedding etc.) Many sanctuaries will have wish lists, which they usually post on their websites.
  • Volunteer: If you enjoy your visit, consider returning to volunteer. There’s always lots of work that goes into caring for so many animals, and help in many different areas is usually welcome and very appreciated! Volunteer roles may include feeding the animals, painting/repairing fences and housing, raking, weeding, and even giving an animal one-on-one cuddle time! There may also be opportunities to help with special events and fundraising. Ask about all-ages opportunities for lending a hand!
  • What to wear: Dress for the weather and bring proper closed-toe shoes or gumboots for your visit. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, as you may get some (adorably) muddy paws on you!

Look up a sanctuary in your area and book a visit for your family; it’s guaranteed to warm your heart and put a smile on everyone’s face!

Here are a few of them to check out, but it is by no means a complete list:


The Alice Sanctuary (Airdrie, AB): Located about 30 minutes from Calgary, this sanctuary is a haven to various farm animals, including cows, sheep, goats, ducks, mini horses, and donkeys. Tour info here.



The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (Puslinch, ON): Refuge for donkeys, mules, and hinnies who have been neglected or abused. 1 hour drive from downtown Toronto. Visitor info here.


Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary (Campbellville, ON): Home of Esther the Wonder Pig and friends. You may have heard of her. She’s kind of “internet famous” and a big deal on Facebook. Esther is a bit like a real life Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web. Approximately 1 hour drive from Toronto.Visit the Events Calendar page for info on public and group tours, work days, and special events.


Wishing Well Sanctuary (Bradford, ON): The Wishing Well residents include all the usual farm animals, plus they even have a llama! Located about 45 minutes away from central Toronto. Tour info here.



The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary (Aldergrove, BC): This happy family is made up of many different species of farm and companion animals who live in harmony together! Located approximately 1 hour away from Vancouver. Contact them by email to set up a visit.

Hearts on Noses Sanctuary (Mission, BC): HONS is dedicated to the care of over 40 potbellied pigs, mostly who were former abandoned or neglected pets. They also have a few full sized pigs who were saved from the food industry, and some non-pig occupants too. About 1 hour away from downtown Vancouver. Visitor info here.

SAINTS Rescue (Mission, BC): SAINTS stands for Senior Animals in Need Today Society. Most of the animals they take in are seniors or have special needs, and would have a hard time being adopted through local shelters. They care for approximately 120 animals, including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and also horses, cows, sheep, goats, and pigs. Approximately 1 hour drive from Vancouver. Tour info here.



RASTA (Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals) (Chemainus, BC):  With RASTA’s recent relocation from Alberta in 2015, they have become the first sanctuary for farm animals on Vancouver Island. They serve as a permanent home to many abandoned and abused animals, with a strong focus on farm animal advocacy. Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from Victoria. Visitor info here.

Written by Miriam:
Miriam, one of our On Call Booking Agents, is originally from Toronto and has been living in Vancouver since 2010. She graduated from Trent University with a joint degree in Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies. Some of her favourite things include books (of the picture and non-picture variety), ghost stories, and making noises on her ukulele.


How to be a super popular, highly-requested babysitter

Here at Nannies On Call, we speak with dozens of clients about childcare and babysitting on a daily basis. Hundreds of clients per month. Thousands of clients in a year. What this means is that we have a very clear idea of the types of babysitters our clients are looking for, and we know exactly why some nannies are regarded as ok, while others are stellar and always in high demand. This is valuable, worth-sharing, inside information.

If you are a new nanny looking to make your mark, a seasoned nanny looking for tips on how to make your nanny star shine a little brighter, or perhaps a curious, potential nanny candidate looking to become a babysitter with Nannies On Call, then this blog post is for YOU!

The most popular, highly-requested babysitters…

  1. Love children and love spending time with them. This may seem like an obvious thing, but our clients always request nannies who like to “have fun and will get down and play” with their children. A fun, playful nanny who loves children and enjoys playing with them will always be in demand.
  2. Come prepared and ready to follow a schedule, but are also flexible enough to accommodate last minute changes, emergencies, or whatever the day may bring.
  3. Are punctual. Nannies who consistently arrive for their appointments on time, stand out as being reliable, which is something all parents expect and appreciate.
  4. Communicate clearly. The most popular nannies are known for being excellent communicators. The ask the right questions at the beginning of each babysitting appointment and make sure that they are clear about the parents’ expectations. At the end of the babysitting appointment, they debrief with parents and provide feedback about what she/he did with the children.
  5. Inspire trust. All parents want to feel that the person they are leaving in charge of their children is a professional, competent nanny. The best nannies know how to put parents at ease with their confidence, body language and assertiveness. They also know how to put the children in their care at ease by making quick connections, engaging with them in a genuine manner, and offering a warm and friendly smile.
  6. Go above and beyond. In babysitting, childcare and the welfare of the children come first, but if everyone is taken care of, the children are sleeping or napping, and all other childcare-related tasks have been completed, then nannies can use that time to do some extras. These may include things like tidying up the kitchen and living areas, wiping counters, hanging up coats, putting away shoes, etc. These are easy, light housekeeping tasks that can show clients you care enough to do a little extra.

Are these things that you already do as a nanny? What are some things that you do as an in-demand nanny? Let us know in the comments.