We have the answers you are looking for. Here are the most commonly asked questions from families looking to hire a child care provider through Tandem.

As a family, do I need to sign up for a debit card in order to use Tandem services?

No, Tandem debit cards are only for providers. The cards allow them to receive 100% of their earnings and make the payment process easier for you (the parent). Paying your sitter, nanny, or tutor is fast and easy. After you’ve signed up for Tandem, you can connect a bank account or credit card. We will send you a notification to pay your sitter after each scheduled job ends (on the payment schedule you choose). You can edit the times of the job or the total pay. …


Nannies are needed even during a pandemic. As we navigate these times of change and move through the coming weeks and months, Tandem has created a FREE nanny agreement template to help educate families and prepare them for their care provider hiring process.

We all want to stay safe, and to do that, we need to work together. This template can help families and nannies have an honest conversation about how you will commit to each others’ safety and wellbeing, reach agreements, and put them down in writing so that you can refer back to them when needed. Our FREE…


Wintertime is tough, especially with kids. Here is a list of 10 unique and fun-filled activities that will cure cabin fever!

DIY Cardboard Box Car.
DIY Cardboard Box Car.
DIY Cardboard Box Car

1.) Outdoor movie night in the living room- Get creative and crafty making and decorating their own cars out of cardboard boxes. Some supplies you can use include decorative duck tape, construction paper, aluminum foil, streamers, and paper plates to name a few. Pick a new movie, a family favorite, or have the kids write a movie script for you to perform. String lights up, glow stars to stick on the ceiling, and glow sticks to set the movie outdoors look. Don’t forget the concessions stand. …


Valentines Day can be stressful enough without trying to plan a romantic date night during a pandemic. We have put together a list of 10 fun date night ideas to help you plan and enjoy your unforgettable night. And don’t forget to book your sitter whether you are heading out for date night or staying in.

Love with an arrow going into a mailbox for Valentines Day.
Love with an arrow going into a mailbox for Valentines Day.
Happy Valentines Day!

1.) Winter Fun- Grab the best cup of joe or hot cocoa at any of Columbus’ local coffee shops, get bundled up, and go for a hike. Got snow? Build a snowman or go sledding. Here is a list of some great parks and sledding hills around the city.

Alley Park: This park in Lancaster has more than 350 acres and the covered bridges look gorgeous covered in the winter snow.

Clear Creek Metro Park: Clear Creek in Rockbridge is Ohio’s largest nature preserve, and with nine trails you’re bound to come across many of the 2,200 plant and animal…


What will come out of 2021? It is time for things to start looking up. Here are 36 tips for a better year.

36 tips for a better 2021. Tips on how to work smarter, be a happier you, improve your health, and boost productivity.
36 tips for a better 2021. Tips on how to work smarter, be a happier you, improve your health, and boost productivity.
2021 New Year Resolutions

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Child care isn’t just for date nights. Many parents use our services while they are working from home. Read our…


Questions you should ask parents before babysitting their children. Download our free parent questions printable pdf.

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Babysitter or nanny holding a child and laughing together outside.
Babysitter or Nanny smiling holding a little boy in a backyard.

Whether it’s your first time watching a child or you’ve been babysitting for years, Tandem has put together 11 tips for how to be the best child care provider you can be.

  1. Know your limitations- Download our free parent question sheet to help you know what specific questions you should ask parents before they leave. Be sure to ask questions about their expectations and what they want from a babysitter.
  2. Keep an open line of communication- Don’t feel like you have to figure everything out on your own. Communicate with the parents when you have a question and make them…

Babysitter checklist printable PDF.

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Two toddlers in Tandem tee shirts attempting to put a puzzle together.
Two toddlers in Tandem tee shirts putting a puzzle together.

Hiring a reliable babysitter is hard. You may work tirelessly to find the right person and once you do, you want to make sure they’re informed. Tandem has put together a printable babysitter checklist to make one step of this process a little easier for you.

Whether you are a parent of an infant, toddler, or school-aged child, and hiring a babysitter for the first time or a pro, a checklist is always good to have on hand. So what types of things are important to include in a babysitter checklist? …


Tandem nannies, babysitters, and tutors receive 100% of their pay. Because we act as a connection company and are not an agency we do not take a cut of our child care provider's pay.

It looks like a card, works like a bank.

You can:

  • Spend anywhere on your physical card when it arrives by mail
  • Make purchases instantly with your virtual prepaid Visa card
  • Transfer funds in and out of your account from other bank accounts
  • See payments, review transactions, print monthly statements, and download reports
  • Access cash at any ATM or over the counter
Tandem Debit Card Icon.
Tandem Debit Card Icon.
Tandem Debit Card Icon.

Tandem is redesigning the way child care workers are paid by making it immediate and accessible.

Because we are not an agency, but rather a connection platform, finding a job through us is free, and all providers receive 100% of their earnings. Tandem does not take a cut or…


The pandemic has most of us cutting back expenses and unfortunately, that means charities that we used to donate to or volunteer our time at. According to Market Watch, “due to the coronavirus pandemic, most nonprofits can expect to suffer a significant setback for quite some time and some potentially will face organizational failure.” Now more than ever is the time to get involved no matter if it’s donating a small amount or attending a virtual event, every little bit helps.

Some inexpensive ways you can give back and make a difference is donating canned food items at local drives, grab a couple of extra toys for a toy drive, donate an unused gift card you have, or a couple of dollars online to a local charity. I encourage you to take a look online at what everyone needs, their wish list and get involved. This year the employees at Tandem pitched in to shop online for patients and families at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

From left to right Growth Marketer, Cher Scholl, CEO, Olivia Weinstock, Designer, Brittany Thomas
From left to right Growth Marketer, Cher Scholl, CEO, Olivia Weinstock, Designer, Brittany Thomas
From left to right Cher Scholl, Growth Marketer, Olivia Weinstock, CEO and Co-Founder of Tandem, Brittany Thomas, Creative Director

Tandem CEO, Olivia Weinstock, “This holiday season, we are donating toys to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a perfect…


Employee child care benefits and child care options for businesses. Tandem Columbus, Ohio Child Care for employees brochure.

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Skyline Icon with the Tandem logo.
Skyline Icon with the Tandem logo.

“The big picture: Child care is denting the workforce, preventing a huge swath of Americans from contributing to their firms and to the economy at large. To chip away at the problem, and protect their bottom lines, employers are bulking up child care benefits for workers,” according to an article by AXIOS.

One of the fastest-growing solutions employers are embracing is multi-faceted companies like Tandem. Tandem is free for employees to use and connects them with reliably vetted nannies, babysitters, and tutors who are the right fit for each family. Tandem partners with companies to offer programs that fit best…

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