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The Babysitting Interview Checklist

Posted in Babysitting on 6th January 2011

The Babysitting Interview Checklist

When you’re thinking of hiring a babysitter, you should check various sources before you choose one. After doing so, you will end up with a handful of promising applicants. You can’t, of course, pick them all, though you can file the contact numbers of a few others for future reference.

When you’re left with these few good ones, it’s time to sit down and interview them. To guide you, you should make a small list of questions, similar to the following:

Babysitting Experience

Have you had any babysitting experience? Can you tell me about your previous experience? What were the ages of the children you babysat? What activities did you do together? How did you feel about the experience? Could you give me the contact numbers of your previous employers? If you haven’t had any experience, do you have younger siblings or children of your own?


Why did you get into babysitting? Do you enjoy it? What is it about the job that you like?


Have you gone through first aid, disaster, or babysitting training? Do you know how to administer CPR? Do you know what to do about small cuts or sprains?


Do you have a list of emergency numbers to contact? Do you know what to do in case of fire? How about an earthquake? A robbery? Give some hypothetical situations.

Game Plan

How do you intend to proceed with your babysitting visit? Are there any activities or games you have in mind for the children? How do you plan to enforce discipline in case the child does not obey you or breaks the house rules?


Would you like to be paid an hourly rate, or for the entire week or month? Will you prefer a cash or check? What is your standard rate and is it negotiable?

How the prospective babysitter answers these questions will help you assess if it is a good idea to hire her. While talking to a person face to face won’t let you get to know her completely, it will give you some insight to her character and allow you to gauge if you would like her to work for you.

Parents Child Care Checklist

Posted in Child Care on 18th December 2010

Parents Child Care Checklist

Not much is as maddening for parents of little children as deciding on a brand new daycare. nicest daycare for your child, and you want a placethat your children will be fond of and where education is just as important. You want the staff to be fun and for your own kids to be fond of them and be happy around them. What is the process to find the right daycare center for your kids?

Being parents of young kids ourselves, we had a lot of these same frustrations and had many difficulties on deciding which daycare center to choose. We talked to our friends and neighbors and asked them if they were happy with their daycare center, we talked to family and asked them, we reviewed as much as we could on the The Web, and talked to several daycare facilities.

In our studies we learned certain things to look for when choosing a new daycare, which I will share with you here in this child care checklist. Think of this as a starting point when consulting possible daycare centers.

Create a group teachersduring your conference. It’s really easy to miss things when you are in front of the daycare teachers and a child care checklist really helps in remembering what you feel is important to ask.

Take extra paper with you to write the answers to the questions from your child care checklist down. If you are like me, you will probably forget most of the conversations you had with the daycare staff. Chances are you will probably forget what the teachers said and keeping notes with your child care checklist is a good way to remember and compare daycare centers.

Be sure to have questions ready on your child care checklist for who would potentially be your child’s primary care instructor. Your little one will be spending a lot of time with this care giver, so you want to make sure that your child will get along with thiscare giver. Watch how they interact with the other kids in their group. Do they interact andinteract with the children or are they sitting down somewhere ignoring the children? Do the children seem excited with this care giver or do they seem afraid of them?

equipment and toys? Do the toys appear clean and well kept?
Does the facility appear to be clean and well kept? Does it look like the facility would be a kid friendly place for children?

Other great questions for your child care checklist include: What is security like in the facility? Are there plans to make sure little ones don’t wander off, or that people can’t wander off with the wrong children? Are the staff aware of what children go home with whom?

During an emergency situation, what is the procedure in place at the daycare center? For instance, if there is a fire nearby, or an earthquake, what is the procedure at the school? Are there enough emergency supplies at the school to last both students and staff for several days? Does the school have policies in place for lock down situations?