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Nannies & Babysitters FAQs
What is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny?
A nanny is an experienced person who provides childcare for a living, day and night. A nanny often has some professional qualification and training. A babysitter mostly does evening or weekend work and may study or work in another profession.
What is this site about?
It is an online introduction site for babysitters, nannies and parents. An easy way for you to meet parents and find work! It offers a detailed directory of the babysitters and nannies in different suburbs. Parents can send email or SMS requests out to selected carers on the site, then interview and select them. There are also job-postings online at FAB, so you can choose your own job too!
Is it free to register?
Yes! It is free for babysitters and nannies to register.
Once I have registered, how do I get work?
There are two ways to get work. Firstly, parent members will send emails or SMS messages directly to you offering work. You simply check your email and mobile phone regularly for messages from Find A Babysitter parents. Then you reply directly to the parents and set up a time to interview each other over the phone or in person. Secondly you can apply for any of the jobs posted online at FAB. So you have two ways of gaining work!
What requirements are there for this type of work?
Most parents are looking for sitters who possess experience, are trustworthy, loving, caring and responsible. We strongly recommend that you get a police check and make references and documentation available for the parents. Here are some interview guidelines to help you prepare! We also ask that you check your email and mobile phone regularly and update your profile to ensure you get the right requests for your needs! We ask that you reply to every email or SMS request, whether it is a yes or no.
How often should I log in to the site?
The more often you log in the more likely you are to get work! The people who have logged in most recently are listed first in their suburb. We recommend that you visit your profile and update it on a weekly basis. Every profile as a line showing when it was last updated – so parents are more likely to contact sitters who have updated their profiles within the last week.
How do I set my hourly rate?
Rates vary according to your experience, your qualifications and the duties required. In general, rates range between $10-12/hr (few responsibilities for sitters at night) to $15-20/hr (for experienced nannies during the day). You may like to negotiate different rates for daytime vs night time, or even a flat fee per day. Conduct a trial search of carers on the site to see a range of the ‘going rates’ in your suburb. Your hourly rate quoted online should be ‘gross’ – it should include your tax.
What sort of work is available?
We have new parents joining every day with different needs. There is a very high demand for part-time nannies and afterschool carers, so please consider this! You will be popular if you can do this! There is steady demand for casual sitters and occasional care. We also have some parents looking for full-time nannies.
I am only free certain days or nights. How do I organise these hours?
It is easy. Just set your profile to show the days or hours you are available to work. When your days or times change, just log in and change your availability. Simple as that!
How can I change the details on my profile (ie if I want to change my availability)?
Just log onto the site using your email and password. This will open your account page. Then click ‘edit’, alter the relevant fields, then click ‘save’.
When I am registering, what does the ‘invisible’ or ‘visible’ question mean?
You should select ‘visible’ if you’d like your profile to be seen by parents on the site immediately. If you select ‘invisible’ it means that your profile will not show up online, even though you are a member of FAB. This is handy when you are on holidays or if you don’t want any more work. Then when you are ready to find work again, you simply re-set your profile to make yourself ‘visible’ again!
Are my personal details kept confidential?
Your personal details (surname, address, phone, email) are never shown on the site. All emails and SMS messages are routed via the FAB site so your personal email address and mobile number is not given out. Once you reply to the parents, you may choose to give your details. Until then, all communication goes through the FAB site.
Can I choose to work with specific age groups?
Yes. When registering you can select the age groups you prefer to work with.
How do I get a police check?
Each state has it’s own legislation and method for obtaining a police check. See our police check page for more information.
Is this site for babysitters or nannies?
Both. Babysitters can set their profiles to request work in the evenings or weekends. Nannies can set their profiles to request work for days and nights – whenever they are available to work.
Do I need to have a car?
Not necessarily. The beauty of babysitting is that you can select work in your local community!
How many families can I work for?
As many as you like! Often babysitters or nannies have 3 or 4 families on their list.
” I have sent seven emails and received a reply from all seven babysitters within 48 hours. We are meeting the girls next week and are confident that not only will we have some to help us on a regular basis, but we will have back up too! ” – Michelle (Wollongong, NSW)
“I interviewed someone today who had just registered with you, and she’s really experienced and PERFECT. Over the past few years I’ve gone with several nannies from agencies in ‘crisis’ situations and must say, I’ve been happier with the girls I’ve interviewed from your site.” – Shona (St Kilda E, VIC)
“I have found this web site a saviour. I have employed my second full time housekeeper/nanny from this site. I employed my first full time housekeeper/nanny from this site as well and she has become one of my closest friends and was with our family for nearly 2 years.The ability to be proactive and email possible candidates to just make the enquiry has been fantastic.” – Natasha (Mt Claremont, WA)