Bucket & Spade

OBX Island Childcare

Babysitting Services for Vacationing Families on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


Serving the towns of Corolla, Pine Island, Sanderling, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, South Nags Head and Manteo.

Call or text: 252-489-0230

About Us

Our Story


OBX Island Childcare has been happily serving the Outer Banks since 2011. Our staff of dedicated childcare providers is professional in the care we provide for you so that you can have fun while on vacation. As owner of OBX Island Childcare, I know the value of having trustworthy and reliable babysitters for your children. I, too, enjoyed being able to enjoy time away from my children while on vacation knowing they were in capable and loving hands. It is our goal to provide quality care in your home for your children during your time here on the Outer Banks.      

-Maria,  Owner


What We Offer


Babysitting Service

OBX Island Childcare is happy to provide quality childcare for your children while you vacation on the Outer Banks. Each Childcare provider is background-checked, CPR ceritified, experienced, and trained in the high standards of our company. We feel honored to serve you and your family during your visit.

(To meet your other needs, we are also able to provide quality senior care. Please text or call for details.)

Childcare Providers


Maria, Owner

I have been a resident on the Outer Banks since 2007. My husband and I have 3 children of our own who grew up here on the beach. I am a teacher by trade and have experience caring for children of all ages. We are pleased to be able to serve your family.


I have lived on the Outer Banks for 7 years now (my dream come true) but have been coming here for vacations my whole life! I’m originally from PA. I would love to help take care of your children while you are here on your vacation!


My name is Ashley and I have lived in Currituck my whole life. I have a degree in Social Work and enjoy working with children of all ages. I love he beach and I look forward to meeting you and your children. Enjoy your vacation.


Hello, I am Kristen and I am an elementary school teacher with a concentration in special education. I love working with children of all ages and I also love nature, music and animals. I would be happy to watch your kids.



Hi there!

My name is Olivia and I was born and raised on the Outer Banks. I live in Florida but am here for the summer before I leave for Greece. I love working with children and can't wait to meet your family.


Hi! My name is Kyleigh and I just graduated from the University of VA with a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish. I am from Richmond, VA and spend my summers here on the OBX. I love working with kids of all ages and look forward to meeting your family.


My name is Tracy and I grew up here in Kitty Hawk, NC. After attending school in Wilmington, I am back on the Outer Banks for the summer.  I have been babysitting for years and love children of all ages. I enjoy going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.


Hi! My name is Katie and I am a graduate student studying occupational therapy. I am from Maryland and will be spending the summer here in the Outer Banks. I have been working with kids of all ages for as long as I can remember and I am excited to meet your family while you are here on vacation.


Our Rates and Policies

Base rate: $20/hour for the first two children

                     $2/hour for each additional child.

If you have a larger group that requires multiple sitters, the rate applies per sitter.

We strive to have a 1:4 ratio but that varies depending on the ages of the children. 

Additional fees:

  • A one time booking fee of $10

  • A one time Covid fee of $10

  • Travel fees apply north of Duck village and south or west of Nags Head.

                             ($10 Duck to Pine Island, Manteo, South Nags Head: $15 Corolla)

  • Travel fees for Saturday reservations in Duck and Southern Shores apply due to traffic 

Holiday base rate: $25/hour on New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Easter, Memorial Day Weekend, July 4th, 

                                   Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving , and Christmas Eve/Day.

We prefer a 3 hour minimum for reservations. Due to the high demand for sitters, we ask for 48 hours notice for cancellations. A $15 cancellation fee will apply for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice. Management reserves the right to cancel bookings as deemed necessary and specifically if we are concerned about the safety and well-being our childcare providers.

Payment: Venmo, Zelle and major credit cards are accepted. Payment information is due at the time of reservation and payment will be collected after service is provided.

Gratuity is always appreciated by the providers. 

Call or Text Maria