How To Find a Great Sitter

 With school starting up, you may considering a new babysitter but you may struggle with where you should look and how to determine if someone is a good sitter. Well, never fear! We will help you!!

Scheduling Process
The first thing you gotta do is to determine when you’re going to need a sitter. Do you need someone after school until dinner time? Do you need someone for the weekends? And would you like someone with CPR and First Aid certification? Do you need them to cook? Create your list of “needs” so you can know what to ask when it’s time for the interview

Location Process
So you don’t know where to look? Here are a few places

  1. Contact your family and friends in the community. Ask who they use
  2. Check with your Neighbors
  3. Ask other parents. Don’t be afraid to ask a parent in a store or at the park who they use as a babysitter
  4. Contact high schools/middle schools to find out if they have a board or a place where you can find out if any of the students would like to babysit
  5. Place an ad at the local colleges. There are tons of college students looking for a sitter’s job and their schedules tend to be very flexible, which is great for you
  6. Contact local churches/places of worship. The pastor may know of someone in the church who can help you
Interviewing Process
This is where it will be important for you to know what your family’s needs are. Here are a few questions you could ask:
  1. Can you describe your childcare experience?
    1. What age group have you worked with?
    2. How many children have you watched at one time?
    3. What age group do you prefer to work with?
    4. Do you currently watch any other children 
    5. What was your reason for leaving your last job? How long were you there?
    6. Tell me about your daily routine with the kids you worked with?
    7. What were some challenges you faced with kids in the past?
    8. What is the best part of working with kids?
    9. What are the greatest challenges you face with kids?
    10. What is your babysitting philosophy?
    11. What a typical babysitting day look like with you?
    12. What would you do on a rainy day?
  2. Tell me about yourself?
    1. What are your hobbies/interests?
    2. How would you describe yourself?
    3. What do you consider to be your strengths/weaknesses?
    4. Why do you want this job?
    5. What types of activities do you enjoy doing with kids?
  3. What are your qualifications?
    1. Tell me about your education: High school, college, trade school, etc.
    2. What subjects do you like best in school?
    3. What groups are you or have you been involved in at school?
    4. If you’re in school now-how will you work around your school schedule?
    5. Are you certified with any special training? Ask to see certification
    6. Would you consider taking additional training if necessary?
  4. Availability
    1. What days and times are you available to work?
    2. What is your current rate? How did you determine this rate?
    3. Would you be willing to take the job at a lower rate, with the opportunity for a raise after a 6-month review?
    4. Are you able to work holidays, weekends, off hours?
    5. How far in advance do you need notice to work?
    6. How much notice can you give me if you are unable to work?
    7. When can you start?
    8. Would you be available as a stand by sitter in the event you are not hired for the current position?
    9. Would you be willing to do a “trial run” and come to watch the kids when I am home to see how thing go?
    10. Would be ok with sitting while I’m at home working?
  5. References
    1. Ask for 3 professional references: name, number, email, or address and length of employment
    2. Ask for 3 personal references: Ex. Coaches, teachers, etc.
Other Tips
You can also do a background check on the sitter to be sure they have not done anything criminal. This is recommended since they are caring for your children and even the nicest people can have a scary past… 
I hope these tips help you!!
With God’s Grace, Comfort, and Love…

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