I have had a good experience with care.com. with any method of finding a Nanny it will be difficult sometimes. It works both ways, some of the families are looking for someone perfect for their kids but want to turn you into there housekeeper. some want to hire you part time and then be available whenever they need you extra. The truth is that a lot of younger care givers are not responsible. It is also true that you get what you pay for. If you want someone to work 40 hours a week for $250 , what do you think will happen. I worked for a family who let me go for getting sick. They were all sick and home from work for days but when I came down sick a week later they acted understanding and told me to take the next day as well. When I showed up the third day it was "why are you here" said they sent me a text which I never got. Really? how would you like your Nanny to quit by text? So what I am saying is you have to learn how to interview. Meet many candidates, bring them over to evaluate their work , call their references. do not discriminate over age. A lot of older care givers are experienced even if they are not yet professional nanny's . I got started at 49. I was a stay at home mom and I love kids and I cook well and I keep the home clean. I do not want to be treated like I should do what ever you ask. The important thing is your child(ren) look for someone good with children first. Do not expect perfection, and do not think that your nanny will never be sick. If you can afford a high end nanny and your able to pay them very well you get more. for those of us who work for under $15 per hour , we can not fill every position your home needs. Not every nanny wants to be like part of your family either. Some of us want to work with children and we can be very good at it even though we may not want to be like family. If that happens it is a huge stroke of luck. But employers and employees usually need to stay somewhat professional.
I personally do not like the family around. It is usually much more difficult to find someone who wants to have you around all day and telling them what to do . Most good child care providers will do better making a schedule and knowing what they are going to be doing on their own.
I have had to browse through tons of jobs and apply to tons to find work , but I find it. I also get turned down a lot. People really can be difficult. I feel that unless you are paying me over $40,000 a year, I am pretty much your baby sitter. I see people looking to pay $5 per hour. Really? for your child? I pay more than that for someone to care for my dog when I go out of town. Don't think you are going to find servants easily in America that are going to like you treating them like a servant and then happily go about caring for your child. Keep the nanny satisfied with her job , pay a good wage and don't expect them to cook , clean , do childcare, run all your errands, that is called a servant . Now if you can afford a servant then let it be know what you expect.
I have had success finding work, I ask for the wage I want and honestly , I am working but would love to find a full time , good paying position with realistic expectations of me. so far I take serval part time and bartend on the side, which is better money to tell the truth. I am great with kids and that should be your number one priority when looking for a care giver. And realize that finding the right fit takes time.