What is the best or most effective approach to finding a trustworthy sitter?

Untay - posted on 10/19/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a hard time finding and keeping a hob due to the conflicting schedule of my children and not being able to,find a trustworthy person to care for my children. Has anyone else had this challenge? How do I overcome this?

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Cristina - posted on 10/19/2014

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Hi Untay, I am currently a nurse working part time but I did change employers quite a few times to accommodate my children and family routine. You know, looked for a nursing job with agencies where I could work only when I'm available instead of working fulltime in a hospital where I had to do different shifts. I'd love to talk to you more about my experience. Pls. email me at cbpaac1@hotmail.com if you're interested. Hoping that it may help you in any way. God bless!

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Guest - posted on 10/20/2014

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When I was shopping for a sitter, I contacted several agencies in my area that specialized in nannies and home care for the elderly. Told them what I wanted and they sent over resumes from matching applicants. I read over them, narrowed the list, then conducted initial interviews. After the first round of interviews, I narrowed the list down to my favorites and conducted the background checks and reference interviews. (The agency I ended up using did background checks as well, but I wanted to be sure nothing was missed, so I paid for my own as well--this is my kid, can't be too careful)
After interviewing their references and past employers, and getting the background results back, I narrowed it down to my favorite 3. I interviewed those 3 again, then set up a 4 hour in-home "play date" with my son so that I could see how they interacted with him. Obviously, few people will carve out four hours of their day for an interview without getting paid, so I paid them $50 for that time. During that time, I spent the first hour going over my son's personality, quirks, favorites, etc, then I let them play together for the next 3 hours while I worked around the house observing.

After that, I chose my favorite and gave her the job. I also asked the other two if they would be interested in working on an "as needed/as available" basis--this way they would have their own full time jobs, but if my full time nanny called in sick or had something come up, or our own schedules got knocked out of whack and our full time nanny couldn't be available, I had two back ups to call on, thus narrowing my chances of having no one available.

Untay - posted on 10/20/2014

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Thanks this does help and I will definitely send you an email. I could really use more great advice from someone who has gone through what I am experiencing. :)

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