How to choose a babysitter

  • Date: 03 March 2018
  • Category: General

Quick tips for choosing the right babysitter

  1. Check references. If your prospective babysitter is someone you know, talk to others who know them and ask if you think they would be a good fit for your family. If you don’t know the babysitter, call their past families or other employers to see how they felt about hiring them. Ask if the babysitter has a Working With Children Check for an added bonus.
  1. Ask interview questions specific to your family. There are basic questions about availability, experience, etc. but there are needs that you will have that change from family to family. Do you need your sitter to be able to cook meals? Do they need to drive your child to school or early learning centre? Will they need to bath the baby before bed?
  1. Make a note of any specials skills. Is your babysitter an artist? They can paint and do crafts with the kids. Do they study science? Ask them to set up learning games for your child. Take into account your child’s interests and needs and match them with your baby sitter’s skills.
  1. Organise a meeting. Invite the babysitter over to your house for an interview, and so they can meet your children. Watch how they interact with your little ones to see if they will be compatible.

After you’ve chosen the sitter

Once you’ve selected your babysitter, there are some steps you can take to set them and your family up for success.

  1. Ask them to come over half an hour before you have to leave the first time they sit for you. Go through everything they need to know for the night about your child’s routine and house rules. Give them a list of contact numbers and instructions. Familiarise them with the house and items they may need.
  2. Call them halfway through the night, perhaps at a time when they might be having problems, like before bedtime. This way they can ask you any questions they may have, and you’ll get an idea of how they’re handling the situation.
  3. Don’t go too far from home on the first visit from your babysitter, and make sure they know how they can contact you at any time. That way your mind will be at ease knowing you can rush home in case of any issues.

Choosing a babysitter can be stressful but make sure you take time to find someone who fits your family, and above all, trust your gut instinct.