Renee is a children’s author and freelance writer from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She has 20 years of combined experience working with children as a babysitter, swim coach, special education teacher and an after-hours care supervisor.
Renee is passionate about writing children's books that promote life-long learning, social inclusion and improve self-esteem. She is the author of picture books, The Strongest Boy (download the extra teaching resources here) and Rosie Leads the Way (out soon). Renee has always loved working with children, so writing for children has been a natural progression from her work as a teacher and educational freelance writer.
Her diverse background in education extends to teaching primary school aged children, young adults, and children with special needs. Renee was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award by TAFE Queensland, Australia for her work as a dynamic, student focused teacher who is highly respected for her skills, intellect and dedication.
Renee was also inducted into the International Golden Key Honour Society while studying for her Bachelor of Education (Special Education) where she graduated with Distinction from the University of Southern QLD.
Renee believes that it wasn’t until she became a mother before she had a true appreciation and deeper understanding of child development. She credits her three children as her biggest teachers of social and emotional development and wellbeing.
When she is not writing, you can find Renee spending time with her family, running around on the Oztag field, hiking, swimming, or sipping on a green tea!
More information about Renee is available on her website reneeirvinglee.com and on facebook
Recent Contributions by Renee
Babysitting License (What is it and How do I Get One?)
We explain what a babysitting license is, what different kinds of certification are available, how to get a license, and whether you can babysit without one.
29 Skills You Can Learn From Babysitting (And Why They're So Valuable)
See all the skills that babysitting can teach you and learn why most of them are fully transferable to other occupations.
13 Qualities All Good Babysitters Share (Do You Have What It Takes?)
We look at some of the key qualities that parents look for, and you should have if you want to be a successful babysitter!
How Often Do You Use a Babysitter? (Learn What's Right For You)
The majority of families will need to hire a babysitter between once per week and 1-2 times per month but it depends on your family's individual needs.
Babysitting References (What Are They & How To Get Them?)
Learn what babysitting references are, why they're important, who you should use as a reference, and some essential tips to put you ahead of the competition.
How to Add Babysitting to Your Resume (Sample Job Skills & Example Templates)
Impress future employers with a professional resume that highlights your babysitting experience. Follow our simple guide and get that job!
Do You Pay a Babysitter for an Interview? (When to Pay Guide)
It's not normal to pay a babysitter for an interview, however, for babysitting, there's one key exception you should know.
Is Babysitting an Easy Job? (YES, if you Follow Our Tips…)
Learn some simple tricks to make babysitting easier and more fun for both you and the kids. Sitting doesn't have to be difficult.
Can You Babysit Without Qualifications?
In most places, you don't need qualifications to babysit. However, parents prefer carers with a First Aid Certificate & other basic credentials. Find out what qualifications you need.
Does Babysitting for Free Count as Community Service?
Learn why babysitting for free is definitely a form of community service and how it can help people in the community and you.
Meeting Children (How Babysitters Can Make a Great First Impression!)
See my secret tips for babysitters to make a great impression with children the first time that you meet them.
Is Babysitting Right for You? (17 Questions to Ask Yourself)
We go over questions you should ask yourself to help you to decide if babysitting is a good fit for you
Why Become a Babysitter? (11 Reasons Why it's a Fulfilling Job)
We explore the main benefits of being a babysitter to help you decide if it's the right job for you.
Is Babysitting a Real Job?
Babysitting is most definitely a real job. Sitters get paid in real money and have real work. You can also earn more while babysitting than a lot of other jobs.
Babysitting Pay Rates (How Much Should You Charge?)
See out how much you're actually worth as a babysitter by reviewing your skills, experience, the job requirements, and where you live.
Babysitter Reference Checking (Ask the RIGHT Questions!)
Use our babysitter reference questions to quickly and easily vet potential candidates and find the best sitter for your family
16 Signs of A Good Babysitter (KEEP them if they do this...)
Finding a good babysitter isn't luck. We cover the top 15 signs of a good babysitter that you should be looking out for.
What to Look For in a Babysitter (12 Essential Qualities)
Learn which qualities and characteristics a babysitter should have that make them a great caregiver your whole family will love.
Babysitter Background Checks (The Complete Guide for Parents)
Learn the types of babysitter background checks that are available for safety and peace of mind and which ones are right for you.
What Info do you Leave for a Babysitter? (Plus Parent Checklist)
Give your babysitter all the information they need by printing out our handy parent details form. Never forget important instructions.
How to get Kids Into the Bath (10 Genius Tips + Common Bath Time Fears)
Use the tricks in this article to reliably get kids into the bath every time, with zero fuss and no complaining!
What Should Babysitters Ask Parents? (20 Important Questions)
Give yourself the best chance in a babysitting interview by asking parents the right questions that demonstrate your experience and interest in the job.
What to Wear When Babysitting (How to be Professional and Practical)
Strike the best balance between professional and practical by following our handy clothing tips for your next babysitting job.
What to Bring Babysitting? (18 Essentials to Pack + Checklist)
The best way to bring your A-game is to be prepared for everything. This article will help you pack the ultimate babysitting pack.
43 Babysitter Interview Questions (And What Responses to Look For)
Make sure your babysitter is capable, experienced, is a great fit for your family, and has a great personality too by asking the right questions.
Is Daycare Cheaper than a Nanny? (Full Price Breakdown)
Learn about the pros, cons, and costs of both daycare programs and hiring a nanny, plus we investigate some alternatives to consider.
Babysitting Age: When Can You Start? (Laws & Maturity Requirements)
Learn how to tell for yourself if you're old enough to start babysitting, and things you can do to make yourself more likely to get hired as a young babysitter.
Babysitter vs Nanny: Cost & Duties (Which Is Best For Your Family?)
Make the right choice for your family by learning the subtle differences between babysitters and nannies and their typical responsibilities.
How to Babysit when the Parents are Home (3 Steps to Success)
Learn how to communicate well with the parents, set boundaries with the children, and establish who’s in charge so the job runs smoothly.
Do You Provide Dinner for Your Babysitter? (Try These 8 Easy Food Ideas)
Learn what babysitters expect from parents when it comes to food. If you decide to provide dinner, try our 8 easy food ideas that are perfect for babysitters on the job.
Babysitting Business (How to Start the RIGHT Way!)
Learn why babysitting can be a rewarding and profitable business, who the business is right for, and how to setup a company structure.
Is Babysitting Considered Work Experience?
Babysitting can definitely be considered work experience for your resume, job application, or college application. See how to list your experience...
Babysitting From Home (Pros, Cons, Laws & Requirements)
We look at the key differences between babysitting from home and running a daycare, special restrictions that might apply in your area, insurance, and costs.
Kids are Asleep! (10 Things Babysitters Should Do Next)
Make the most of your downtime! Learn 10 things to do while babysitting after the kids are asleep, plus 7 things you should NEVER do!
Should Babysitters Clean? (How to Set Parent Expectations)
Cleaning is a part of doing a good job. A good babysitter will tidy up any mess made while caring for the children. But how much cleaning is necessary?
Babysitting at the Park (25 Active Outdoor Games to Play)
We list the best outdoor games to can play at the park while babysitting, especially active games that can be played in areas where there's a lot of space!
Babysitting at the Beach (21 Seaside Activities + Checklist)
Learn what to pack for the beach, what kinds of fun seaside activities you can do, and some safety tips babysitters should keep in mind.
How to Stay Safe Online as a Babysitter (11 Rules to Follow)
Learn how babysitters can communicate online safely, send and receive money with minimal risk, and protect yourself from viruses, hackers, and scammers
19 Babysitter Rules All Parents Should Enforce
There are some things that babysitters should never do, see our list of the biggest offenders so that you know what to enforce.
Should You Tip A Babysitter? (7 Times When It’s Appropriate)
Learn the places where it’s common to tip your babysitter, the times when it’s more appropriate to tip, how much you should give, and more.
The Best Ways to Hire a Babysitter (The Complete Guide)
Follow our step by step guide to hiring a babysitter from start to finish including screening, interviewing, performing background checks, and making an offer.
Benefits Of Hiring A Babysitter (42 Unexpected Advantages)
Learn some non-obvious benefits when it comes to hiring a babysitter for your child or children. We'll also touch on a few of the disadvantages to consider.
How To Interview A Babysitter (Essential Tips & Trusted Techniques)
Follow our tips to make sure the interview process goes smoothly and read our general guide on how the process should work.
How to Fire a Babysitter Politely (Plus 10 Reasons Why)
Learn how to fire your babysitter nicely and as smoothly as possible. As well as reasons you might fire a babysitter and reasons why you probably shouldn't.
Babysitting Interviews: What to Expect (Phone & In-Person)
I'll walk you through the major steps of a babysitting interview process so you'll know how to prepare and what to expect.
Babysitting For Free (6 Reasons Why its Good, Plus Coupons!)
Learn why babysitting for free is a great choice, particularly as a beginner when you need to gain childcare experience and references.
Babysitting Binder (20 Documents & Fun Items to Include!)
With a well stocked babysitting binder, you can focus on caregiving because you know you have everything you need.
Negotiate a Higher Babysitting Rate (9 Secret Tips!)
Learn some essential tips and strategies to bring to the bargaining table to help get you the pay rate that you deserve.