When families decide to have a nanny in their home, they think about what it means to have a new person on her own with their children. They think about the changes that will take place and how the kids will accept the stranger. In most cases, a nanny is not hired for a short term. Parents don’t like to change nannies and the nannies don’t like to change families. In many cases the children get attached to the nanny and she is considered a part of the family.
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If a family does not need a nanny on regular basis but only for a few hours sporadically, then a babysitter will be more appropriate then a nanny full-time. The question is where to look for a babysitter when your needs are for only a short period of time knowing that is not easy to have the same person babysitting whenever is required.
One should try as many ways as possible including friends’ and relatives’ referrals, newspapers and bulletin board advertisements and not in the least, domestic help agencies, especially those specialized in nannies. Although, a nanny or domestic help agency will ask you for a fee for finding a babysitter, the advantage is that the agency will do the screening process and if the babysitter is not available, the agency will provide a substitute for her.
Regardless of the screening done by the nanny agency, you should interview the baby-sitter at your home so you will have a better sense about the interaction with your kids and if they will feel comfortable with her at home.
Some questions to ask of potential babysitters:
The following are tips on choosing and orienting a babysitter:
Before you leave home give to your babysitters a written list of the chores needed for your child’s well being, instructions, everyday telephone numbers, phone numbers to be used in case of emergency.
Here is a sample information sheet you can leave with your babysitter:
INFORMATION FOR BABYSITTERS
The House Address:_____________________
The Phone Number of the House:___________
Mother’s Work Phone:____________________
Mother’s Mobile Phone:___________________
Father’s Work Phone:_____________________
Father’s Mobile Phone:____________________
Neighbour’s or Relative’s Name:______________
Neighbour’s or Relative’s Phone Number:______
Poison Control Center:______________________