It is very hard to find a babysitter with whom you are confident will care for your child the way you would. Primarily, you want someone who will protect and care for your child while also having the ability to relate to the child.
We have reviewed a number of family-related websites to come up with a list of tips to help you manage the babysitting selection process.
- Consider hiring a sitter who you have known for some time, a good friend, or perhaps a family member.
- Don’t hire anyone under the age of 16.
- Ask for, and check references. Ask questions like, “How did the child feel about the sitter?” Did the sitter arrive on time?” “ Were there any issues?” You want specific information when you hire a new employee for your company, so why would you settle for less when it is someone who will be caring for your child?
- Conduct an interview, have the sitter over for a supervised playtime with your child.
- Ask about any training they may have had. Many local colleges offer babysitting training/certification classes.
- Look to your personal network for potential sitters. The clergy, or head of a youth group, may personally know congregants who are interested in babysitting.
- Make your expectations clear. Provide basic rules and instructions.
- Provide the sitter with emergency information, including names of neighbors, etc.
- Trust your instincts.