Happy new year! 2020 is set to be the year of experiences, as we become more aware about the impact on the planet of acquiring 'stuff', and wellbeing experts advise that it's 'doing' not 'having' that will make us happy.
It's the time of year that we're planning experiences for the family, including places to visit and holidays to take. You may also be thinking about spending time without the kids in tow, for which you may need a babysitter.
Babysits is an online community putting families in touch with babysitters. They've shared with me their top tips for finding the perfect babysitter for you and your children...
Ok, first of all, you need to ask yourself what exactly you are looking for in terms of a babysitter. What hours do you need them to work? Is it a full or part-time position? How many children need to be cared for? What is your budget? And most importantly what level of experience do you require from your babysitter to ensure peace of mind. Knowing exactly what you need can help save a lot of time when choosing the perfect babysitter for you and your children.
It is very common for parents who are seeking childcare to ask their family and friends for help. However, not all parents have this luxury and can require some extra support when taking care of their children. Due to modern technology and the growth in the number of babysitting platforms online parents do not need to feel alone. Platforms such as Babysits makes finding a babysitter easier than ever.
These websites are amazing at connecting parents and babysitters and are generally more affordable than going through an agency. It is important when choosing a babysitter to take your time and read through each profile carefully. A good guideline to follow when choosing a babysitter is to pay attention to profiles that are detailed, well written and include pictures. Feedback from other parents is also available on profiles that have had previous babysitting jobs. To ensure you find the perfect fit it is advised to contact multiple babysitters as this will give you an idea of which babysitter will fit with your family
An important step when hiring a babysitter for the first time is to meet them before the first event. If this is not possible due to a busy schedule you can alternatively arrange a video call with your babysitter. A meeting with your babysitter can help ease any worries you may have, it is also a good opportunity to get to know each other. This is your opportunity to ask more in-depth questions and decide if the babysitter is the right fit for you and your family. For example, you can ask, specific requirements, fees, hours, etc. Be clear by outlining the rules and responsibilities from the get-go.
It is important to be prepared, just like an interview for a job, have a list of questions you want to be answered. By doing this you get to know your babysitter better and it ensures you don’t forget any important details. Good questions to ask would be about the babysitter’s experience, and how they cope with emergencies. It is also a good idea to ask some light-hearted questions, this helps you to get to know their personality and vice versa.
When choosing a babysitter, references are an extremely helpful and reliable way to learn if your babysitter is a suitable candidate. You may also wish to run an informal background check. This usually consists of checking the candidate’s social media platforms whilst a formal background check usually involves utilising Government sources. Services like Babysits provide feedback and reviews from other parents on babysitters profiles and can act as a very dependable form of reassurance.
If you are still feeling nervous after following these tips, trust your gut instinct! If you do not feel 100% about your babysitter then trust that instinct. Only hire a sitter that doesn’t raise any concerns or set off any alarms. There are many babysitters to choose from; don't decide in haste. Trusting someone with your children can be a difficult task but we hope with these tips you will find the perfect babysitter for your family.
Thanks to Babysits for sharing their top tips with me! If you need a babysitter, check out their website which offers a community of over 1,500,000 members in over 35 countries!