Hiring a Babysitter

Hiring a Babysitter

Hiring a babysitter for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience because you want to find the best possible person to care for your children while you work, go to school, go on a date night or complete other necessary tasks. Follow these six steps to hiring a new babysitter that you will feel comfortable leaving your children with.

1. Search for Babysitters
SittersOnly.com has thousands of qualified babysitters throughout the various state. Type in your Zip code and wait as the matches populate the screen. You can also use the refined search option that comes with a paid membership in order to find babysitters that match your specific requirements.

2. Review Profiles
Babysitters have a lot of valuable information on their profiles, including demographical information, education level and applicable experience. You can also see potential babysitters’ availability.

3. Post a Job
Posting a job allows you to connect with multiple babysitters based on your specific needs. You can be in personal contact with numerous qualified babysitters after they respond to your job. This allows you to be in control of the hiring process in order to find just the right babysitter. Hiring a Babysitter Hiring a Babysitter

4. Check References
Users at SittersOnly.com have the ability to leave feedback for babysitters that they have hired through the site. Read over the relevant references for each potential applicant for your job posting. This will help you get a better idea about the type of services that the babysitter can offer and her level of responsibility.

5. Check Background Information
SittersOnly.com also offers access to a babysitter and nanny background checks. Use this feature to review a potential candidate’s background. You can check for any arrests or other questionable information about a candidate’s past.

6. Schedule an Interview
After posting a job and thoroughly reviewing the applicants’ profiles, schedule an in-person interview to meet with a few of your favorite candidates. You may want to hire a regular sitter and a back-up sitter when the regular sitter is already booked. Come to the interview with a list of prepared questions.

If you don’t know where to begin, check out the page titled “How to Interview a Babysitter.” This page will give you valuable information on how to prepare for the interview and some key questions that you should ask. Give your kids an opportunity to meet with the babysitter to see how they interact with each other. Follow up with a phone call to the babysitter or babysitters that you want to hire.  Hiring a Babysitter Hiring a Babysitter