Hiring a new babysitter can be a daunting experience. Parents will want to do their very best to ensure that the person they hire is an experienced, reputable individual, who will protect, rather than harm, their children. What questions should you ask when interviewing a new babysitter?
Do You Have Any Specialist Training?
It is a parent’s worst nightmare to receive a phone call from their child’s babysitter to let them know that their child has stopped breathing. Find out during the interview if the babysitter has any special training, such as CPR, that will help put your mind at ease in case of a medical emergency.
Do You Have Experience Caring for Children with Special Needs?
Babysitters who have experience in caring for children with special needs are in high demand in many regions. If your child has Down’s Syndrome, epilepsy, autism or diabetes, you will want to hire a babysitter who is not only comfortable with your child’s particular special need, but also knows what to do if your child requires special attention. For example, if your son becomes hypoglycaemic, will the babysitter be aware of what to do next? Or if your daughter has an epileptic seizure, how will the babysitter deal with the situation?
What is Your Approach to Discipline?
It is important for parents to ask babysitters about their approach to discipline, as their approach could vary considerably from your own approach with your children. Your children may be darling little angels for most of the time, but when your back is turned they may act up in front of a stranger. If you feel uncomfortable with the babysitter’s approach to discipline, it is best to keep on searching until you find the babysitter whose approach mirrors your own.
How Do You like to Entertain Children?
A good babysitter will do more than simply feed your children and then put them to bed. They will also interact with your children and entertain them. Some babysitters enjoy reading stories to younger children or helping them learn how to read and write, while others take part in imaginative play with games, puzzles and more.
How Much Do You Charge?
The subject of money can be a tricky one. But the best way to mention money is to simply ask the babysitter how much they charge for their babysitting services. Remember that some babysitters charge per child, per hour, so be reasonable in your expectations and do not expect cheap labour for all four of your children.
Have a list of relevant questions each time you interview a new babysitter so that you do not forget anything during the interview process. If the babysitter does not seem to be a good fit for your family, carry on in your search until you find the right one.