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Finding A Good Babysitter

Finding A Good Babysitter

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Whether you have an important interview or are in need of a long overdue adults-only night out, finding the right babysitter can be tricky.

Many parents are lucky enough to have friends and family nearby who are willing and trusted to look after their children. But others don’t have the same family support network living locally, which can make it difficult to find someone reliable to look after your kids.


A number of websites have popped up across the Internet over the past few years matching babysitters with families. You don’t have to go with the first one you see though, it’s recommended that parents interview a few potential babysitters to find the right person. After all, you don’t want to leave your kids with someone you don’t take to or that your children really don’t like. Having a list of two or three babysitters also means that if one is busy you have alternatives to call on. Bear in mind that the people behind these websites probably won’t have met and vetoed every person on them so it’s important to meet them for yourself and make sure you’re comfortable with them before leaving them with your children.

Background checks

There are no laws saying that babysitters need to have background checks done. However, if you’re hiring someone to look after your children it is recommended that you ensure they hold a current CRB check. You can also ask for references from other families that they’ve worked with.

What to look for in a babysitter

Obviously the first thing your babysitter needs is to be liked and trusted by your family. If that isn’t there then there isn’t much point in moving forward. You may also wish to opt for someone who has experience of working with children or who is a qualified nursery nurse or nanny. Some basic first aid training can also be reassuring. While there is no age limit on when people can babysit, babysitters should ideally be over the age of 16. Anyone under that age cannot be held responsible for child neglect.

Finding A Good Babysitter

How much to pay

Babysitting rates vary wildly across the country and depending on qualifications, the time of day and the number of children to be looked after. It pays to do some research into the going rate in your area and perhaps offer some payment towards travel costs (especially if the babysitter needs to get a taxi home late at night). This means that you’re more likely to get your preferred babysitter the next time you go out.

Trust your instincts

When choosing a babysitter it’s important to trust your gut instincts. One person may be perfect on paper but if you and your family don’t click with them then it’s probably not the right match for you. Alternatively, another babysitter may not be as qualified but may just get your children and your parenting style and be the perfect fit for your family. The important thing is to plan in advance so that you can take your time to find a babysitter that everyone feels comfortable with.







About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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