SafeHouse, your local security company, knows how tough it is to raise a child. This is why having a good babysitter that you and your family can count on is so important. You want to make sure the person is well-qualified, has a history of helping children, and is completely safe to let into your home and child’s life. At the same time, you want someone who will be affordable and has the flexible hours that you and your child need.
Finding Your Babysitter
One of the first to-do’s is to track down qualified candidates for your babysitting position. You should treat this as a full-time job and seek out only those that will fill the role the best. Some great places to check are your local YMCA, high school/college job fairs, nursing schools, and even senior citizen centers. You could possibly inquire to the staff about what you’re looking for to see if they can help or you could utilize a bulletin board. It might be possible that bulletin board already has a candidate listing there or you could just post something yourself saying that you and your family are seeking out a babysitter. If your child is already in a daycare system, then you should check with them to see if any staff members are looking for extra work. This situation is ideal as these people are already familiar with your child.
Choosing Your Babysitter
Once you have narrowed your choices down to a few names, it is time to pick which one you think will fit the best. Age is a huge factor to keep in mind during this process, as your child might respond better to a teenager than an adult. Though the American Red Cross has babysitting training for people as young as 11 years old, the exact age of your sitter may depend on the needs of your own children. Age is also factor in relation to your own child. You want to make sure that your sitter has experience with children within that age range. If your child is less than a year old but your sitter only has experience with kids older than 6, then that sitter might not know how to change a diaper or entertain very young children.
It is important to interview your candidates in your own home so that you can interact with them face-to-face and observe their interactions with your child. You should also make sure that your sitter has the proper first aid training so that you have peace of mind knowing that your family is safe. We recommend your sitter not only taking the aforementioned American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course, but also being fully CPR certified so they can be prepared for the worst. Your sitter should also know their way around a basic first aid kit and be able to disinfect and dress cuts, scrapes, and other abrasions. After you ask their qualifications, you could follow up with a few “What If” scenarios to see how they would react in certain situations. If you are interested in using them, discuss pricing and availability last. It should always be safety over price when it comes to babysitters. Don’t forget, you can always check on how your sitter is doing by using some security cameras from SafeHouse, your local security company. This will give you even more peace of mind when you are away from your child.