Parenting can be such joy, and as much as you would like to care for your child full-time, it may not be possible if you need to get back to work. The thought of trusting the care of your child to someone else, may bring about mixed emotions. Choosing a babysitter can be hard, and parents need to spend time and effort, in finding someone who can be trusted.
It may be best to start by asking for recommendations from family, friends, neighbors and other people you may know. You may also want to check out notice boards on colleges, and in your local library for people who are looking for jobs. You can even check out reputable agencies that can provide babysitters.
It may be good if you choose a sitter who has underdone CPR training, and a babysitter course. Local chapters of the American Red Cross, community hospitals, or your local YMCA units, may have a list of babysitters who have completed a course. They may also provide you with a list of prospective sitters in your area because they do job referrals.
Get in touch with your possible prospects, and schedule an interview. It may be wise to have a checklist of the things that you need to ask. This will ensure that you can tackle the issues that you want to raise. Ask about past experiences in caring for children because child care varies depending on a child’s age. It is then essential to hire somebody with past experience, in dealing with children of the same age group as your child. Caring for babies may require a sitter to know basic infant care procedures for feeding, bathing, sleeping or even playing. It is also important to address age specific issues, so that you can determine whether a sitter is competent enough to care for your child.
During the interview try to present scenarios, and ask the applicant as to how he or she will handle a situation. Evaluate how the person will handle certain emergencies like trauma or fire. Determine as well what the person will do in case your child needs to be disciplined. It is also important to check a babysitter’s references. Contact past employers, and ask for the sitter’s responsibilities with their children. Inquiring about a sitter’s character may also be advisable. This will give you an idea as to how the person will be with the kids.
If you think that you have found the right sitter, discuss the salary and the mode of transportation that the sitter will take. Some babysitters may require pick-ups, while others may bring their own car. It may also be best if you do a practice run, and observe a connection between your child and the babysitter. Orient the babysitter with your child’s routine, and observe how they go about it during the day. If your child is older, try to ask how he feels towards the babysitter, and whether he wants the babysitter to come back again.
It is also essential to discuss your child’s special needs and health issues. If your child has allergies, be sure to stress allergy triggers, and discuss as well things that need to be done, in case it may occur. Ensure that you have numbers for agencies, which need to be called in the event of an emergency. Provide a list as well, of your phone number at the office, and the people to call in case of any emergency.
Entrusting the care of your child is a big responsibility, and it is only but normal for parents to be concerned. Hiring somebody to care for your child may be tough, but if you do find a competent and caring babysitter, it will also give you the peace of mind that you need while you are away.