Moving to a new community, you cannot find a babysitter, nanny, or caregiver in the traditional way. You used to be able to ask people you knew for a trustworthy person they knew or had used. Asking around the community, you could check out the prospective candidates to find out more about them.
Once, I even called the husband’s boss to find out more about my potential baby sitter. Here are three simple steps to hiring a babysitter, nanny, or caregiver when you are new to the community. When you have relocated that is not so easy.
There are several ways you can get the word out that you are hiring. Several ways are available to put the word out that you are looking for a sitter. There are community bulletin boards at the local grocery store, church, library, bank and community center. Finally, you can put an announcement in Craigslist and the newspaper.
Word of Mouth
Of course, there is word of mouth beginning with coworkers, church members, the guy or gal you like that checks you out at your local grocery store. Talk to your family members, neighbors and if your child is in school, their classmates’ parents are a good source of information.
Online Babysitting service
You may be surprised to find that the best option is finding someone online. This eliminates the hassle of interviewing multiple people just to hire a babysitter so you can go to the movie.
Some online companies require finger printing and referrals, so you don’t have to rely on first appearances to decide whether you can afford to leave your child with this person that you do not know. Others still rely on a standard application and the applicant’s portfolio, which is just a new type of first impression.
You can now find your babysitter at an online service like Care.com, Urbansitter, and Sittercity.com. Do want to add some culture to your household? Greataupair.com allows people from other countries to list their services also. Each of these sites allow you to read the profiles of each qualified sitter before making your choice.
You can sign up with these services for free and search to see who is available in your area. However, you have to pay a fee to contact your selection.
New online companies are popping up online every day. They are great for finding the babysitter that you are after. You can check their references, their qualifications, and their background, often with other online tools.
Finally, you can conduct the face to face interview or an online interview. This will give you the peace of mind you need in order to find the babysitter you need for your night out. Or you could choose your fulltime nanny or aupair.
Online services allow you to find out what you need to know about an applicant before meeting them and without having to trust someone else’s judgement.
You can check the references in advance to determine whether or not you like or trust the babysitter enough to interview them. These references will be the other people that have hired that specific babysitter and were either satisfied or dissatisfied with the babysitter.
Be sure and call more than one to get the full picture. You are entrusting the care of the most precious people in your life. You want to have the confidence that they will be well taken care of.