Almost every couple has to go through the time when they have to leave their children with someone else. Usually when people have a date night, a doctor’s appointment or a wedding anniversary to attend, they will simply appoint a babysitter. Appointing the ideal babysitter for a child is an obligation on a parent. One would not want a careless babysitter with criminal records to take care of their children. To ensure better security and a good time for your child, you will have to put some effort to find the right babysitter. Below are some tips that will help you in this task.
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1. Appoint a Trusted Babysitter
Trust is the biggest thing when you hire a babysitter and it is easier to trust someone who lives nearby. Therefore, try to find a babysitter residing within your locality. You may give an ad in the local newspaper to find people who may be willing to babysit your children.
If you fail to find someone locally, you can try finding organizations that can supply you with trusted babysitters. You will then simply need to contact the concerned government organization to check for the accreditations required, possible criminal records or complaints about that organization.
2. Choose Once but Choose Well
To ensure that your child is comfortable with the babysitter, it is necessary for you not to change the babysitter repeatedly because comfort comes with the time your child spends with the babysitter. Therefore, it will be wise to take your time to research about the right babysitter and hire him/her after proper investigation.
3. Demand Recommendations/References
Whenever you call a babysitter for an interview, always demand for the recommendations or references from their previous clients. It will help you to trust and understand the babysitter easily if someone else is advocating for him/her. Also, recommendations will tell you about how trained and experienced the babysitter is.
4. Write Down Questions to Be Asked During Interview
You must have dozens of questions in your mind to ask from the candidates but it is certain that during the interview, you will forget to ask some of them. You don?t want to regret the outcome later, therefore, jot down all the questions before the interview. Following are some questions that you must ask.
* What qualifications, trainings and experience do you have in babysitting?
* What will you do in case of an emergency?
* Will you be available again, if I ask?
* Do you have any health restrictions?
* Do you have any criminal records?
5. Set Probation Period
If you don?t know someone you can’t simply trust him/her blindly. Set a probation period for a few days or hours. Have a very strict watch over them, call home and talk to your children every few hours and you may also use some cheap cameras to know what?s going on in your absence.