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Babysitter Interviewing Tips

Updated on July 7, 2012

Most mothers feel that their children are much too young and dependent to hand them over to a child-minder, even for a few hours! While research suggests that babies and children whose mums go out to work generally thrive in good quality childcare. Nobody can essentially replace a mother, but every once in a while you need a nanny to care for your children in your absence.

I started my search a few weeks ago when I had an unavoidable appointment at a clinic for some blood-work and I found myself on my own with two young toddlers. The result? I did find myself a nice babysitter, and though I was happy with her records, I decided to take her along with me and the kids. As she entertained the kids in the waiting room, I was assured of my choice and decided to share my tips with you.

Here's a basic list of questions that will help you engage the Nanny in detailed conversation about her professional and personal background.

Questions to ask a potential Babysitter

  • What kind of experience do you have? How long have you been a nanny? Why did you choose to be a nanny?

  • Why do you enjoy this work? What do you think children like best about you?

  • What was your last childcare experience? Why did it end? What were the ages of the children you cared for?

  • Name a few activities that my children might be doing on any day if you were their nanny?

  • How do you feel about performing light housekeeping?

  • Can you cook? What type of breakfast/ meal would you make for ____ (age) child?

  • Do you have emergency training? At what point would you call a pediatrician or 911? Have you ever had to handle an emergency? How did you handle it?

  • Can you drive? Do you have a driving record?

  • How would you discipline the child in a challenging situation? (a trained childcare worker would never use physical punishment as a form of discipline)

After you've studied her answers at the end, don't forget to check with the local authorities, nanny agency, references, Motor Vehicle Department etc. to confirm her trust-worthiness. In the end the best piece of advise I can give you is to follow your gut instinct. You will know immediately if this is a person you can trust/ work along side. Go with your gut its very rarely wrong.


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      Childcare Training 5 years ago

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      cloudy_cool 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you Suncat. You are very kind. =)

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      suncat 7 years ago

      This information is very useful and I'm going to share it with those people that I know are looking for a babysitter.