Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tips on Finding a Nanny or Babysitter

In today’s society, finding a good, reliable nanny or babysitter is a bit challenging to say the least. It’s important to know what or who you are looking for when you begin your quest. Start by giving yourself ample time to conduct your search. Settling for someone you’re not sure about can leave you feeling uneasy about your child’s care in your absence.

Candi Wingate, President of has provided the following tips for parents who are thinking about hiring a new nanny or babysitter:

1. Will you need a live-in or live-out? A live-in nanny is someone who lives inside your home. In this type of situation you will need to provide him/her with a private bedroom and either a shared or private bath. A live-in nanny does have specific hours they work and will have down time. A live-out nanny is someone who comes to your home on the specified hours you have agreed upon, but does not live in the home.

2. What hours will you need someone? A nanny/babysitter can work full-time, part-time, temporary, summer, 24-hour duty, etc. A full-time nanny can work anywhere from 30+ hours per week. A part-time nanny can work anywhere from 5-30 hours per week. Some families who hire part-time nannies will need someone 2-3 full days per week, while the next family may need someone for before/after school care every day of the week. Summer nannies generally work 2-3 months during the summer and temporary nannies are hired for on-call situations from one day to a few weeks at a time. Many nannies will make a year commitment if that’s what the family wishes. Remember to specify the specific hours/days of the week you will need up front.

3. What will be their responsibilities/duties? Responsibilities for a nanny or babysitter can include, but are not limited to: childcare, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, meal preparation, errands, carpooling, laundry, and anything else that has to do with your children. has ongoing relationships with Dr. Phil, Supernanny, The Discovery Channels, and TLC Jon & Kate + 8.

1 comment:

  1. For more helpful tips on finding a nanny such as:
    1. Things to put in a contract
    2. What to include in a job description
    3. What to look for when screening a nanny