Interview Questions for Sitters??

Christina - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have a one year old daughter and a three year old son. Their Mamaw is the person that is their "regualr sitter" and she is going to be taking a month long vacation during December.. And possibly a week in September. I have never had to interview a sitter; its always been family.. If you have any advice; please comment!! Thanks, any and all help will be appreciated!

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Betty - posted on 08/19/2010

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Ask the person you interview to meet you at a park with a young child that is in her life(it can be a relative or another child she sits for) so you can see how she interacts with children in her care. I'm a nanny and sometimes when I take the kids to the park I'm asked about my availability by other parents because they see how comfortable the kids are with me and it gives them a good feeling.
Make sure she knows how to perform first aid by quizing her and have her demonstrate how to stop a baby from chokeing. Find out how she displines and decide for yourself if it's apropriate for your children.
While looking for new nanny jobs I see people make big mistakes. They say exactly how they want their kids disiplined right in their wanted add and that only works out if she is Mary Poppins. Find out how she does things by asking her and decide if it's a good fit instead. If someone says they don't like to let their kids watching Spongbob in their ad then I will make it seem like screening TV shows is a way bigger deal to me than it actually is. You get what I'm saying?
When you find the right sitter you will feel really good about it and all your worries will be gone. Good luck(:

Jenna - posted on 08/10/2010

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References, references, references!! And call the references or ask to take them out for coffee and meet them.

Amy - posted on 08/10/2010

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Ask about CPR and First Aid certifications. If you take a baby sitting course those are always two very important things involved.

Also, make sure to ask for a reference of the parent of someone they watched.

Other than that ask how much experience they have, What age kid's they've watched before. What they do when a child is behaving like (Fill in the blank with things your child does often).

Crystal - posted on 08/10/2010

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I would see how much experience they have with children. Ask them some questions about what they would do if......then fill it in. Maybe ask if they know cpr or first aid. I never had a babysitter besides family so I would be a nut case. I would be the parent getting finger prints and DNA, LOL.

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Heidi - posted on 08/19/2010

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You can also get a "feel" for how a baby sitter will be if you have them watch your child(ren) while you are home. Plan to be doing an activity where you are within earshot, but out of eyesight of your kids. Have the babysitter occupy the kids for a few hours while you can loosely supervise - and make sure to let her do the disciplining and filling of needs as much as possible to see how she would handle it. It should give you an idea of her manner with kids.

Christina - posted on 08/19/2010

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Thank you ALL! Those are very helpful!! I am leery about a sitter that I dont know.. I am actually looking into daycare.. They have one where I am from where we have complete acess to a "skype" type of thing.. But Lord I know it is going to be expensive!!

Christina - posted on 08/19/2010

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Crystal,

Yeah, I am right there with you on that one! I am going to be asking sooo many questions!! I don't know if its legal to get fingerprints.. But I probably would ask for them anyways.. Or ask to see how they would react to some finger painting.. :) LOL!!

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Our kids never had a sitter its always been friends and family but my suggestion would be if you belong to any parenting groups(ex: mommy & me) i would put up a help wanted their before you advertise it anywhere else so you at least know them to an extent.. I also agree with Crystal thats another good idea

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