Selecting an individual care provider continued...
It's important to interview potential providers. Use a
phone interview for the initial screening. Ask questions about their work experience, their references, and whether they have questions for you.
When you have narrowed down your selection, conduct a
personal interview with each of your top choices.
Allow enough time for the applicant to be
introduced to your child.
Be sure to check the references of your
top choices. Ask each reference how long he or she has known the provider,
specifics of the provider's duties, and why the employment ended.
Selecting a babysitter or mother's helper
babysitter or mother's helper by asking friends and other caregivers you trust.
You may also want to ask for recommendations from a local organization, such as
Before you hire a teen to watch your child:
- Ask the teen what other jobs he or she has had and what he or she was responsible for. Find out what activities he or she likes to do with children. Also ask how the teen would handle certain situations, such as a baby that cries for a long time or a toddler who is talking back.
- Tell the teen your rules, including how much TV and computer time is okay and what type of TV programs are okay.
Schedule a meeting with the
caregiver and your child, and watch how they interact. Some caregivers may not
have confidence. This doesn't mean they will not ever be able to watch your
child. But it may mean that you will need to have a few babysitting dates while
you are present before leaving them on their own.
babysitters prepare for the responsibilities of watching your child. They can
also provide valuable skills in case of an emergency, such as first aid and
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training. Classes often are
available through local agencies, churches, hospitals, or schools.
Know your responsibilities
If you use an individual care provider for
your family on a regular basis, you may be obligated to comply with employer
rules and regulations of the federal, state, and local governments. Call the United States Department of Labor (1-866-4-USA-DOL [1-866-487-2365]) for information about your responsibilities.