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Choosing a good babysitter

Written by Lisa

Hiring a babysitter, especially for the first time is nerve-wrecking. Trial and error is not an option, but how do you know if you have a good babysitter when you aren't there?

Are you ready to enjoy a night free of stepping on plastic army men and tiaras barefoot, no washing crayon off the walls, or picking the apple sauce out of your hair? 

Hiring a babysitter, especially for the first time is nerve-wrecking. Trial and error is not an option, but how do you know if you have a good babysitter when you aren’t there?

Here are 7 steps to choosing a good babysitter. Look for these signs to determine a good babysitter:

  1. They have documents & training – Anyone that has spent the time and money to obtain credentials shows a level of commitment. A valid Working with Children’s Check is essential. You will feel more at ease knowing they also hold their police clearance and first aid certificate. Choose a reputable agency or ask to see their documents. 
  2. They have worked regularly for other families – Testimonials from families are great references.    
  3. They show up and they show up on time – Timeliness shows that the babysitter has organisational skills, is responsible, and is dedicated.  
  4. They smile and say hi when they arrive – You want your children to be with someone that is friendly, has respect and manners. You will be able to see this straight away.
  5. They ask the appropriate questions – Babysitters need to know your kids’ routines; what food is allowed and bedtimes. If you don’t offer the information an experienced and cluey babysitter will ask.
  6. They interact well with your children – Babysitters should reach out to the children and seem engaged and at ease with them.
  7. The kids like them – Ask your children how they felt about the babysitter and if they are excited about her coming back. 

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