Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: You can make money and do the most important job in the world. Part-time if that’s what you want.

Amava Take: When it comes to knowing what kids need, there’s no substitute for experience. Your sure-handed presence can be crucial to a young family, plus the pay is great. If you love children, you can read the classics (that caterpillar is so hungry!), talk about the shapes of the clouds, give hugs and find adventures in the small things. Go ahead, make up your own verses to “The Wheels on the Bus!”

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

Responsible, fun-loving and thoughtful people.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Sometimes those first goodbyes are hard. Distraction with a brand new book or toy may help.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

It really depends upon the hours you sign up for, but you can often count on a walk, a nap and a snack being part of the routine.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

Spending quality time with a brand new or pretty new human being.

How would you describe the hard parts?

Sad or sick kids can break your heart and/or make your day feel really long.

Have you ever eaten the cast-offs from the high-chair tray?

Hey, those were perfectly good cheerios. And I worked hard slicing those grapes into small pieces!

Special RequirementsMany people looking for childcare want a current driver’s license and some prefer that you be bonded through an agency. There are other certifications that can make you more hirable, such as CPR and water safety.

Finding a Position: There are many agencies, both local and nationwide, that help people find childcare, but you can also respond to or post ads in more local social networks.