She is sending a message to others you two are more than acquaintances.
Others don't know the details.
Women with 3kids can't be gay?
I feel like it's her way of saying "hun" or the like. Some people are comfortable using pet names with people they just met. I would just let the lady know you don't like being called that or ask her "please call me by my name not 'baby' ".
Well than take it as a compliment and go with it lol.
If you want her to stop calling you childlike names, speak to her in an adult-like manner.
Simply tell her: "Ms./Mrs. So-and-So, I appreciate that you are comfortable enough with me to be casual. However, I am a professional whose job requires the respect of these children and, in order for them to respect me, they need to see the example being set by their parents. So, going forward, I would appreciate it if you'd address me as (insert name here)."
Well, it's just an expression of care, I suppose. I don't know what type of job you have, but if you're "working with kids" I'm assuming you're old enough to be out of high school. So the youngest she could possibily assume you are is what -- 17ish? What's a decade?
(I wish people mistook me for 21. lol)
If you should decide to follow up on this, keep in mind that your employer might want to protect themselves from a possible law suit and fire you.
Maybe she likes you, in more than just a "you care for my child" way. If you are interested it might be worth exploring, or if not maybe you need to sit down and lay down some boundaries to her.
Either way I don't think you should ignore it, by doing so you could be leading to bigger problems down the road.
she's just sweet:)
A lot of people in London and Essex call each other 'Babes' all the time. Its just a term of affection. I shouldn't worry about it.
I bet she is just one of those sweetie baby darling name users and you just have to suck it up I hate being called baby by anyone that I am not dating.
I wouldn't think a lot of it. Sometimes people say that to all kinds of friends they have.