When you start looking for a babysitter or regular house sitter, start by word of mouth. Ask your friends, co-workers, family members, parents, and even your pediatrician if they know any reliable babysitters in your area. When you find a babysitter, you need to give yourself enough time to do the search. If you only agree with someone you don't trust, it can make you and your child uncomfortable.
The best place to start looking for a babysitter is during your local trip around your city. For example your church, sports club even your workplace. Once you have a few names for potential babysitters, it's time to start looking for references. They may come from teachers, youth group leaders, or other families who have used babysitters.
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By contacting the people the caregivers work with, find out how many children they have and if they have had any problems with the way the caregiver interacts with their children. It's never a bad idea to ask lots of questions in the early stages of finding a babysitter.
The difference between hiring a good babysitter and a great babysitter lies in the questions you ask in advance. Here are 10 things every parent should know about parenting before it's too late:
- Do you have any references you could give me at this time?
- What other nanny babysitting experience do you have?
- Do you have any children of your own? If yes, how old?
- Would you be comfortable babysitting a few times while we were at home?
- Do you still babysit for any of your prior clients?
- What are the ages of other children you have babysat for?
- What do you like best about being around children?
- How would you handle emergency situations that may occur in our home?
- What do you do for fun?
- And finally, do you have any questions for me?
When finding a babysitter your most important step must be asking for references. Also at this point, you should definitely be ordering an online background check. This minimal cost can save you so much more in the way of headaches down the road that it's foolish to not spend a few dollars to get one.