The last step in the hiring process is often checking a babysitter’s references, and it can be one of the most stressful for parents who aren’t accustomed to conducting interviews. Past employers and personal references can give you a more accurate view of a promising babysitter candidate, especially if you’re nervous about leaving a relative stranger alone with your children for an extended period of time.
Though not all families require full-time childcare, occasions will inevitably arise in which the services of a babysitter are required. There’s a reason why so many parents speak of their babysitters in reverent tones; they’re not easy to find, and can be even more challenging to keep. There seems to be a surfeit of full-time care options, but a trustworthy and competent babysitter who works on an on-call basis is often a rare gem, indeed. Still, finding a caregiver who is both capable and qualified doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. With a few tips and a bit of advice, you’ll be on the road to finding, and keeping, the perfect sitter.
Parents may only require the services of a babysitter on an occasional basis, but part-time childcare hiring decisions still require their full attention.