How To Choose The Right Babysitter
Devise your hiring criteria
Work out what it is that you want. Do you want the babysitter to have a 1st Aid certificate? A driver's licence? Be over a certain age? You may want them to share your religious and ethical beliefs, or have children of their own. Make a checklist of all of your must-haves so you can refer to it during babysitter selection.
Do your research
Ask family, friends, colleagues and neighbours to find out who they hire for a babysitter -- especially if they have similarly aged children. Personal recommendations are the best way to find good babysitters.
You can also ask around to see if anyone you know has teenage children who would be interested in earning some pocket money through babysitting. Personal connections to the sitter will usually help you feel more at ease.
If you can't find a personal recommendation, the internet is a great way to find a babysitter. You can search general listing sites, employment websites or babysitting-specific sites. These will usually offer some sort of verification or review option to ensure the person you choose is reliable
Interview the applicant
Meeting the babysitter in person is the best way to grasp their personality and decide if they will be a good fit for your children. You will be able to gauge their maturity and ability to take care of children.
Plan your questions before the interview and be sure to ask about all of the factors you identified in step 1. Ensure your children and the babysitter meet so you can see how they interact.
Ask your kids
If your children are old enough, ask them for their opinion on the babysitter. Their reactions to the sitter should form a large part of your decision. If your kids love their babysitter, it will make leaving them a whole lot easier come date night!
Ask your babysitter for at least two references and make sure you call them. If the babysitter has taken care of children around your kids' ages before, ask to speak with their parents.