Finding the right occasional babysitter or permanent nanny for your children can be a daunting experience for all members of the family.
If you need childcare then chances are you are already short on time- so we have put together a list of the best tips when considering a carer for your cherubs!
First things first, fish within your own pool – Often someone you know personally like a family member or close friend is more than willing to look care for your kids on the odd occasion.
While this is not always an option for all families knowing that your children are with someone you trust does give you that extra bit of reassurance.
Sort out an agreed rate at the outset, or at least buy them a nice bottle of wine for afterwards.
Finding a babysitter online – Searching online can be a great option those of us with limited family support, or for those looking for a more permanent carer for their children.
There are obvious dangers when using the Internet for any purpose, especially when it comes to your children. We have come up with a few ways to help you are pick a suitable and safe carer.
Safety first – Never give out personal details online. Things like your street address; your children’s names, school or day care centres can all be used for a sinister purpose- so ensure that you never give out these details.
Fact check – Make sure you always choose a nanny or babysitter who has a working with children card, first aid certificate and a recent police check. Don’t be afraid to ask them to provide evidence of this.
If you are still wary about the validity of these documents there are a few great websites you can use (Our favourite is Green ID http://www.greenid.com.au) to check the person is who they say they are.
The interview – If you have concerns about potential candidates knowing where you live it is more than okay to arrange an interview in a local café or park area.
This can also be a good way to interview someone in a more relaxed environment.
Give them some scenarios to talk through to determine how they would act in certain situations.
Make it a family affair – Don’t be afraid to bring your children and partner along to the interview or the second rounds.
The whole family will need to get along with your chosen person so this is a great way to check you have made a good choice.
Ask your child(ren) – If they are old enough, ask your children what they think of each candidates- which one is their favourite.
We often underestimate the wisdom of children; maybe they will pick up on a few qualities that you can’t.
Talk about the future – We all know that kids need some stability- so make sure you ask candidates about their plans for the future.
There is nothing worse than you and your children falling in love with a nanny and then them leaving!
Here are some of the best websites for finding a babysitter:
Have you found a nanny or babysitter online? What are some of your tips for parents looking to find a new carer?
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