Checklist for choosing a babysitter

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Whether you as a parent have family close by or not it’s always a good idea to have a babysitter for times when you just need a little help around the house, when you need to run a quick errand or have a last minute event to attend. It is best to know who is watching your child/children and for you and your child to feel comfortable with this person.

Questions to ask:
•If going to school ask what they are studying?
•What is your rate?
•Do you live nearby? How can you get to jobs with us? Car, etc.?
Background and Experience
•How many years have you been working with children?
•What child care roles have you done in the past? Sitter, nanny, coach, etc.?
•How many families have you cared for and how old were the children?
•Do you have specific child care experience in [fill in the blank depending on what you’re looking for – special needs, potty training, infant care, etc.]
•Do you have CPR training?

Make sure you get references and also have a short meet and greet with sitter prior to having them watch your child to make sure both you and your child are comfortable with the sitter!

Once babysitter has arrived make sure to make a list of emergency contacts such as pediatrician, if there are grandparents or friend, list of specific schedule and routine, and give them a short tour. Key areas such as where to find things in the kitchen, where the bathroom is and child’s room so they know where to put child whether it’s a daytime nap or babysitter watching them for the evening.

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