I'm getting ready to 'hire' a babysitter for my 3 boys while my husband goes back to days for about a month . . .how do I do this? I'm thinking for an interview just having them over one evening and observe them with the boys, but what rules do I need to cover or questions to ask? Thank you!
When I was younger before I had my daughter, I tried my hand at a little nannying.
Some suggestions …
Have a list of things your employee must have/be able to do. (I.e. CPR certification, a drivers license) and determine the required activities/duties that the employee must preform. You can also have a list of things that they could optionally do if time allows (homework help, light house & meal prep, etc.)
I think having them to visit you either at your home, or say some neutral place, but where the children can interact with the potential employee is a great idea. You can ask for a criminal check if you so feel inclined.
*]Why do they choose this profession? Do they love their work?
*]What is their idea of “discipline”? being sure to include how it works in your family and that they can agree to that!
*]Salary - often a point of negoitian depending on the responsiblities, etc.
*]Hours they are expected to, and can they do them.
*]What notice do you require for sickness, vacation, termination of job?
*]How many holiday days will you provide a year, and when will they be taken?
*]Car use: Are you providing the car and gas? Or providing a stipend?
*]How many sick days pay do you give and for how long will you pay full salary.
*]Visitors: Are they allowed? Will they be willing to participate in play dates that might occur at your home?
*]Dress code. Or some guidelines.
*] The obvious smoking/drinking/addiction - any?
*] If not also Catholic, how might they handle things …
- Make sure they’re CPR and first aid certified.
- Post near the landline the emergency number (911 in the US), the non-emergency numbers for the police and fire departments, the Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222 in the US), your contact number, and contact number of a close-by, trusted friend or relative in case the sitter can’t reach you. Laminate it so it doesn’t get destroyed.
- Many word processings program have templates for babysitter instructions. If you don’t have one, you can download one from: office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT010256685.aspx?CTT=3 Fill it out and post it in a prominate location. Laminate it so it doesn’t get destroyed.
- Ask for and check references. If the babysitter is a minor, get the parents’ phone numbers so you have an adult to contact should something arise.
- Are there any areas in your house you don’t want your kids in when you’re not around (your bedroom, the swimming pool, etc.)? Make sure the sitter knows the no-go areas.
Run a criminal background check. :)