Babysitters should not advertise their availability for
babysitting jobs in supermarkets, window boards, or chemists. The best
sources of good babysitters are from family, friends, or neighbors.
The concern with open advertising, besides making
your phone number public, is that it is more difficult to determine
the suitability of the employer. Babysitters must get to know the
Family before taking a job.
Check references if it will be the first time
working for a family. Ask to speak with previous babysitters. If
contacted by a person unfamiliar to you, ask who recommended you and
check it out before accepting the job. To protect yourself, make sure
you or your parents know and trust the family for whom you will be
babysitting. Let your parents or family know the address and phone
number of where you will be in case of emergency.
Know how many children you will be babysitting.
Get specific information about the bed times, foods, medicines and any
other special instructions. Be sure that you are able to meet all of
the requests before accepting the job.
Ask if there are any pets that you may be
Know who you will be babysitting. Babysitting a
6-month-old baby is very different from babysitting an 8-year-old
child. That is why you will need to know the ages of the children
ahead of time. If you don't feel comfortable babysitting a very small
baby, or if listening to a 2-year-old ask 9,000 questions makes you
want to scream, then do not take the job. You must feel that you are
in control while you are on the job, and if you're unsure, it's better
to wait for the next job.
Parents: Get to
Know Your Baby Sitter
Ask for a resume or a list of references. Parents
know how many children your babysitter is capable of caring for.
Asking a babysitter to be responsible for more children then they are
comfortable with compromises the children's safety - your babysitter
can't be in those many places at once. Parents may wish to use two or
more babysitters if the situation warrants it.
Personally interview several prospective
babysitters and observe their interaction with your children. This
meeting will let you see how the sitter works with the children and
will help the children to become familiar with the sitter. After the
interview, ask your children what they thought of the perspective
Parents should outline the babysitter's duties
and responsibilities and discuss an imagined emergency situation and
how he or she might react. Ask the sitter how they would handle
misbehavior. When you decide on a babysitter who meets your high
standards, discuss the hours and fees for service.
Ask to speak with the babysitters parents. Also
write down his or her name, home address, and telephone number and, if
an adult, the driver's license number. As a parent you want the best
possible care for your children while you are away from them.
Check all references, contact the sitter's past
employers, teachers, counselors, relatives, friends, or neighbors and
ask about the sitter's qualifications for childcare. Before you hire
anyone to watch over your children, however, make sure that he or she
is a mature, experienced, and capable individual who truly cares about
the welfare of children.
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