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Choosing the right child care for your child and your family is an important decision. When you hire a nanny or babysitter, TrustLine Background Check is a helpful tool. But TrustLine is just one part of your decision process. To help you choose the child care that best meets your needs, you will find the following resources for families:

  • How to find child care: Learn your child care options and how to find child care near you
  • Video resources on how to hire a nanny: Find video resources on how to interview, check references, and hire a nanny or babysitter
  • Printable questionnaires: Ready made list of questions for you to use when you interview a nanny, check references and work with a nanny agency. You will also find a nanny employment contract template for you to use
  • And more!
Find Child Care Steps to Hire a New Nanny Informational Videos and Guides Printable Questionnaires Nanny Contract Template Additional Resources
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Ready to TrustLine Background Check a nanny or babysitter?

California’s official nanny or babysitter screening for you. 

All caregivers Registered with TrustLine have no disqualifying criminal convictions, arrests, or substantiated child abuse reports in California. It’s invaluable information. After all, you can never do to much to see that your children are safe.

To learn more about how to TrustLine Background Check your nanny or babysitter: 
Information about TrustLine 

Know Your Child Care Options

You have child care options to choose from. What are the differences?

  • Child Care Center
    A child care center is in a commercial building. Child care centers care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children for less than 24 hours a day. They do not provide medical care. A child care center will receive one or more licenses based on the ages of the children at the center. Child care centers are sometimes called "nursery schools" or "preschools". Child care centers are licensed by the State.
  • Family Child Care Home
    A family child care home cares for children in the caregiver’s home. A family child care home is licensed as either a small or large home. Small homes may have up to eight children at a time, and large homes may have up to fourteen children at a time, if there is an assistant or second child care provider. Family child care homes are licensed by the State.
  • License-Exempt and In-Home Care (Nanny or babysitter)
    In-home care, where the caregiver (nanny/babysitter) comes to the child’s home, and where the child care provider cares for children from only one other family in addition to their own, do not need a license. These are called license-exempt providers.  Some other programs that serve groups of children, such public recreation programs with specific rules and before and after-school programs run by schools following specific guidelines, are license-exempt.

How to Find Child Care

Speak to somebody at your local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (R&R). They can help you find child care near you, information on help paying for child care, and other resources. Parents know what child care is best for their family and R&Rs work hard every day to give families the information and support they need. There is one in every county.

What does an R&R agency do? 

  • Support and train child care providers
  • Help parents, providers and the community understand how child care works and ways it can be improved
  • Assist you with free child care referrals, information and resources for families and child care providers

Connect with your local R&R and get personal assistance in your child care search.

  • Call 1- 800-543-7793
  • An easy-to-use website that provides information about child care programs in California by zip code and you can get contact information for staff at your local R&R
  • You can use the zip code finder on this website to find your local R&R

Steps to Hire a Nanny or Babysitter

Hiring a nanny or babysitter that is the right fit for your family's unique needs is an important decision. Here are some basic steps to keep in mind.

  1. Decide what type of caregiver is best for your family's needs
  2. Find nanny candidates
  3. Interview potential candidates
  4. Check references
  5. Make sure they are Registered with TrustLine 
  6. Set up nanny taxes
  7. Write a nanny contract

In order to help you through this process, we have provided you with some helpful resources on your path to hiring a nanny. 

Please see below for videos, information and checklists for your nanny hiring toolkit. We wish you well on your child care journey!

Video Resources and Guides to Hire a Nanny or Babysitter

If you are ready to begin, or would like to be prepared before you start, check out these resources below. These videos and how to guides with tips and information, can help support you through the process of hiring a nanny or babysitter.

Free Questionnaire Templates For Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter

Printable ready-made questionnaires to streamline your nanny search. Use these forms for: interviewing potential nannies, checking references and working with a nanny agency. Print the forms for handwritten notes or complete them electronically for easy record-keeping.

Free Nanny Contract Template for You to Use

Avoid confusion and ensure a smooth working relationship with a clear and detailed nanny/babysitter contract. A contract should clearly outline duties, schedules, compensation, guaranteed hours, use of family vehicle, and other day-to-day expectations. All parties should review the contract thoroughly before signing to ensure that all specifics accurately reflect what was discussed during hiring. Revisit and update the agreed upon terms as family needs evolve.

Chose Your Preferred Contract Format:

  • Fill Out the Contract Online: Complete the contract directly on our website and download it locally or email it directly to others.
  • Editable PDF Contract: Download and fill out the PDF form on your computer, then print or email it, or download it an use to fill out with pen or pencil.

Choose the option that works best for you!

Nanny Contract Template

Additional Resources (Websites)

Websites and articles with tips, resources and information. TrustLine is not responsible for the content of the resource links.