How to Screen and Choose the Best Babysitter for your Children

Finding the best babysitter for your children can cause parents much anxiety. It can be hard to find someone that you trust and is responsible enough to leave your children with, especially when family members are not available. Luckily, you have a few options when it comes to finding a great babysitter – We offer some great advice and tips to making this process much easier and you! Where to Look for a Babysitter

  • Nanny Agency – If you use a highly recommended nanny agency, you don’t have to worry about doing any screening or background checks yourself. Professional nanny agencies do all of this for you and make sure their nannies are professionals, trust-worthy, and come highly recommended by previous families they’ve worked for.
  • Place of Worship – If you are part of a church or place of worship, there are often teen-age and college-age girls looking for babysitting work.
  • College Career Centers – If you live near a college, contact the career center to post a babysitting opportunity for your family.
  • Referrals from Friends – Ask your friends who have children for babysitter referrals. Referrals by word of mouth are some of the best ways to find a great babysitter.

Once you choose a few candidates you’re interested in to babysit your children, you then need to do interviews, check references, and do background checks.

Interview

Setting face-to-face interviews with your candidates is very important to see how each of them interacts with you and to get to know them each better. Prepare a list of questions you will ask them including their work experience, their experience with children, and their desired hourly wage. It’s important that your babysitter be CPR trained so if he or she is not, offer to pay for them to take the class and become certified. Bring your child around during the interview so you can see how they interact and if they “connect” well with each other. This is very important since they will be spending time together while you are gone.

References

Ask for references for both work experience (if they have any) and personal references of people they’ve known longer than 2 years. Contact all the references and ask all the questions you need to so you can see if the candidate is the best choice as your family babysitter.

Background Check

Background checks are extremely important to do on your potential candidates to learn if they have a criminal past or have any minor incidents from their past that may hinder any of them working for you. To do a background check on each candidate, you will need the following from each of them:

  • Legal name including any former or maiden names
  • Current address
  • Home and cell phone numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Social Security Number

Don’t be afraid to do a background check because you are entrusting someone else with the life of your child. You must know you can trust your babysitter and that he or she has a clean past. If your child doesn’t like the babysitter you choose after a short time of becoming acclimated, we do recommend continuing your search for another babysitter.