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How to Find a Babysitter

Monday, 11 Oct 2010 04:04 PM

It is natural that parents want to find a babysitter who is reliable and shares a good rapport with their children. The babysitter should be capable of handling emergencies that can occur during babysitting. What is challenging is that not every nanny who claims to be a wonderful babysitter is actually capable of being one. There have been cases of mishandling and carelessness that have harmed children. There have also been cases of crimes including child abuse, kidnapping, and robbery committed by “honest” nannies and babysitters.
Surprisingly, a nanny search can be easy. Many babysitters are available and there are numerous agencies that provide various babysitting services. These agencies are great for busy and working parents. Follow these simple rules to get the right babysitter for your child:
The first rule is to start networking. Stay alert when you hire a babysitter or a live-in nanny. Probe thoroughly. Networking means asking your friends and colleagues whom you trust and who can suggest some good babysitters. Listen to your instincts.
One common and trendy way to find a babysitter is through online agencies. Some top-notch agencies provide superb services like conducting background checks and screening tests to gauge the mental and psychological conditions of the nannies. They also train babysitters to provide first aid and act in emergency situations.
Another great way to find a nanny is going the conventional way of using the Yellow Pages to get in touch with different agencies. Once you have them listed, you can interview them over the phone. The phone interview can help you find information like fees, experience, emergency training certifications, and most importantly, references. Your next step would be to check references. Once you get good reccomendations from the references, you can call the nanny for a home visit and a one-on-one conversation.
The home visit will allow you to analyze the nanny’s attitude and behavior around your child. You can check if you relate to her or not. If everything goes well, you can initially hire the nanny for a short period and then decide on whether you want to continue with her long term.
Once you find a babysitter, it is important that you try and keep her. Always keep the babysitter motivated with the right kind of attitude and monetary benefits, and keep an amiable relationship with the nanny. Follow these steps and you will be successful in your search for the perfect nanny.

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