Childcare

Because I am focusing on my work as a postpartum doula, I am not currently available for most childcare work.  When available, I try to offer babysitting services to to former doula clients, and may be available for short term work or travel.

I have over ten years of babysitting experience and seven years of full time nannying. My infant/child/adult CPR certification is current.  I work with a range of ages, and have extensive experience with driving and traveling with children. I firmly believe in building a community of caretakers that communicates effectively. I work to understand and complement the parenting style already established in the home. I love taking walks with strollers or slings and exploring neighborhoods and playgrounds with young toddlers. I have worked with many parents who balance staying at home with their child and telecommuting, occasional classes, part time schedules, and home offices.

Some potential solutions I can provide for your family:

One time or occasional work

If you have a special event or just need a night out, I am occasionally available for babysitting.  As a postpartum doula, I am uniquely experienced to watch your newborn when you are ready to leave your infant alone for the first time.  I am also occasionally available for daytime appointments scheduled ahead of time.  Whether you are the host of the event or just a guest at a wedding, sometimes a little help with your kids allows you to relax and further enjoy these occasions.  I can work off site while you attend or join you at the venue and entertain the kids there.

Short term work

If your childcare provider goes on vacation, has to schedule a surgery, or has another forseeable absence, I can fill in for short periods of time. Similarly, if your partner is scheduled to leave town or is unable to help with your children, I can try to be available with notice.  School breaks and closures are oftentimes difficult for parents and I try to be available for childcare on those days

Travel

If you are from Seattle and planning a trip elsewhere, I may be available to accompany you and provide childcare throughout your vacation.  This is a great option for single parents, families with several children, or trips with some events that are not kid-friendly (business events, weddings, reunions, funerals, etc.).  I have experience traveling with children on long plane rides and short road trips.

Rates

My childcare rates range from  $20-$25 depending on notice given and other specifics of the job.