Questions to ask a new Babysitter

While kids may be free from their jobs for the summer, adults unfortunately, still have to work. Most parents won’t let little kids stay home alone so they hire a babysitter. While some babysitters may be your friends children, some you may not know. Therefore you should give an interview to make sure that the sitter knows how to handle different situations to ensure your children’s safety.

First off you should ask the all too obvious question, “How much do you charge?” It may sound cheap but some sitters will actually charge more than their worth. If they ask for twenty for the night that’s reasonable, however twenty an hour is definitely not acceptable. Price should be a key factor when making a decision. Another necessary question would be, “Will you give them snacks and what kind?” Children will want a little snack at one point or another and a sitter should provide one whenever necessary. However you may want your kids to eat certain things, so you will want to make sure that they aren’t getting the wrong sort of thing. A sitter should also not leave a child hungry, if a sitter leaves and the child is full, that’s perfect. If your child is still hungry then you might want to tell the sitter what’s what or let her go if it continues.

Possibly the most important question to ask would be, “How would you handle an emergency situation?” It’s something a parent doesn’t want to think about about but they sometimes occur. For example if your child is severely allergic to something and they get a hold of it will he or she be able to remember where the EpiPen is in order to save the child’s life? The same situation is for an asthma attack, would they be able to remember where that inhaler is in time? Which should bring you to your next question, “How work-oriented are you?” No one wants a sitter that forgets things, they want a sitter who’s laser-focused on everything you say to them. Would they actually watch the childrenor would they sleep or talk on the phone? Of course, the sitter might not be trustworthy so you may have to go to other employers to be completely sure.

A sitter needs to be 100% responsible and make sure the children are their first priority. If a sitter isn’t able to deal with a child or is mean to a child it may be time to let her go. All in all, an employer should ask all questions they feel are appropriate because you want to be sure they can save that child if something takes a turn for the worst.