It has been said that finding a great babysitter is as much intuition as it is qualification. But whether you’re hiring a sitter for one Saturday night or a nanny for (hopefully) years to come, here are a few key questions to ask that will make everyone–you, your sitter, and your kids–feel more at ease.
1. What is your childcare background?
2. Do you have children of your own, nieces or nephews, godchildren, or young cousins?
3. Do you envision yourself doing this for a long period of time or just in the near future?
4. What do you think is the best form of discipline for a baby, toddler, grade-school child?
5. Do you believe tidying the house is part of your job?
6. How much do you charge and how does that relate to your experience?
7. Do you do overnights? How much do you charge for that?
8. Are you comfortable driving? Taking walks in the stroller? Going to the park, library, local cafe?
9. Do you have any current health issues that might prevent you from caring properly for my children?
10. Have you been formally trained in CPR?
11. Can you give me an example of an activity you might do with my children? (art project, hide and seek, board game, etc.)
12. Under what circumstances would you call me?
13. Under what circumstances would you call 911?
14. What do you expect from me as a parent?
Remember, UrbanSitter makes it easy to find sitters to interview–and book them at the click of a button. Just log in and you’ll immediately discover dozens of babysitters recommended by people you know. From there, we give you the option to book them for jobs or an interview. We offer three types of interview:
- Phone interview – For some parents, a phone interview is all you need. You can gauge a lot from a 10-20 minute call.
- In-person interview – This can take place in your home or public location. At home, your kids would have a chance to meet the sitter, however, you may be able to focus better without your kids around.
- Paid, working interview – Hiring a sitter to watch your kids while you’re home can be a great way to get to know a sitter. You set the desired pay rate.