What are the 3 most important things you should ask a babysitter when you interview him/her?
Full Name and address?
Kids of their own?
You can find out other things by running a background check with the police.
In no particular order:
Objections to any needed responsibilities
1. Must know their previous or any parallel occupation or experiences of any field to understand the person.
2. Kids if he/she has if not why not ? Approach to kids.
3. Affiliation with any group or club, which will explain the interest of person ( easy to find these days by social networking)
It's obvious that we ask for police clearance certificate and all other information.
1 and 2 aren't questions at all! 1) Get references from neighbors and friends; I only trust family or people highly recommended by others that my friends have known for many years, 2) Background check (if I don't know them - and that requires she/he show me ID)! 3) Why do you like/want to babysit children? 4)What are your plans for today/this evening? 5)What would you do if... one of my children stopped breathing or began to joke, my children have a disagreement, and one of my children is disrespectful?
Ask the babysitter are they willing to have a "web cam" sitting infront of her and the baby? That way you can check in from time to time on your camera phone.
ok dont get me wrong.. but i wouldn't hire anyone i don't know personally. i dont trust ppl now a days . but if i did i would ask the following :
1. have you done this before,
2, have you done any cpr classes or first aid lessons do you have a paper to prove your cpr lessons .
3. are you a convicted felon.*no dont laugh bc you never know the sweetest looking person can be a bad person so don't be hating my question.
4. do you have a drivers licenses?
I would have them come over and interact with the kids a little and observe if its natural for them or if they arent quite sure how to interact with them.
I would ask what experience they have had with children and what AGES of kids (may only worked with older kids and not know what to do with your baby or only babies and not know how to tell your 8 year old NO when they are trying to get away with something).
If its not a teenager I would run a background check- I live in wisconsin and there is a website you can search people's names and see what comes up. I would ask for references and call them...be nosey! They are your kids!
If it is a teenager I would want to meet their parents as well...the apple doesnt fall far from the tree. Again, ask for referenecs. Ask if they have taken the babysitting class. I would have a hard time leaving my kids with a teenager that I didnt know though. I would be worried of them snaeking boyfriends over or smoking/drinking or just trying to get away with things without their parents around.
I would ask if they smoke (they would have to step outside and not be in sight of your kids then)
Search for them on facebook or myspace before they come. Look at their pictures and see what kind of things they are into-partying or down to earth. You can get a good idea before they come to talk to you who you are dealing with.
My biggest thing would be how they interact with the kids and if they seem trusting.
When a new nanny comes I ask the following questions
1. Experience is an important criterion or not?
Still, is experience so important? It all depends on the age of the child, if it's baby - of course, otherwise the nanny will not know what she will have to face and on which side to approach the child. If the child is older - from 3 years old, it is enough to love children, be able to find a common language with them, to interest, to play. Children very well feel falseness and if they are not sincere and inattentive to their needs, the child's reaction will be unambiguous. Simple observation of the first communication between a nanny and a child will tell a lot.
Is the medical education necessary for a nanny?
2.Necessary for medical education in a nanny - a controversial issue. Anyone who is more or less familiar with the Internet can watch a video on first aid to a child, read relevant literature or take courses. You can simply pay attention to this section, having discussed with the candidate for nannies, how she is going to behave "if". Answers will show how ready a person is to unforeseen situations. But it's important to discuss them before hiring! By the way, the presence of medical education does not guarantee that the nurse will be ready for them one hundred percent.
3. Bad habits
Lack of bad habits is not even worth commenting - they simply should not be all. The age of the nanny depends on the presence of one, two higher educations. But still, it is better to take a person who, in priority, does not have to earn money urgently, but someone who is really ready for this job. The Internet and talk shows have already debunked the myth of the professional nannies with the availability of recommendations. Papers, as always have power, but do not say anything about the personal qualities of a person. It should also be taken into account that the experience is good, but if the nanny is old, she will simply be hard and emotionally and physically cope with the child, no matter how much she was in her forehead.
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