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How to Pick the Right Nanny or Babysitter

If you are looking for someone to care for your children throughout the day, you may want to consider hiring a nanny or a babysitter. Before you take on the task of choosing the right person for the job, you may want to note the differences between the two. Although similar, there are some differences between a nanny and a babysitter:

• Provides childcare for one family.

• A nanny is also responsible for child’s early development and learning.

• May be responsible for meal-prep, housecleaning and child transportation.

• Often paid larger salary.

• May provide childcare for multiple families.

• Main tasks include supervising, feeding and entertaining children.

• Often watches children in own home.

• More affordable.

Once you decide what childcare route to take, here are some tips for choosing the best caregiver for your children.

  1. Do Your Research – Finding a potential nanny or babysitter may be as easy as checking classifieds or contacting a local agency. However, narrowing down who to get in touch with may be easier if you speak to your family and friends about who they have hired to watch their children. This may help you create a shortlist of possible nannies and babysitters to reach out to.
  2. References and Background Checks – Leaving your children in the care of another individual is to trust them with your children’s lives. You need to make sure that person is capable and honest. Never hesitate to ask a prospective nanny or babysitter for contact information to get in touch with other parents or have them pass your contact information on to other families. Also, you are entitled to ask for a criminal record check for an individual you may consider looking after your children.
  3. Clean Home/Appearance – Whether you plan on taking your children to someone else’s home, or having someone come into yours, their appearance will indicate their attention and care to hygiene and safety. A messy home may be a danger to your children and an unkempt appearance may indicate that the individual may not make the efforts to take good care of your little ones.
  4. Meal Plans – If you are not going to be providing meals for your children while they are in the care of a babysitter or nanny, you are going to want to know what they plan on feeding your children. Are they willing to put together healthy meals for your children, or will they be feeding them quick, yet unhealthy, ones?
  5. Cost – As mentioned above, there is going to be a cost difference between hiring a nanny or babysitter. Discuss what you believe to be a fair wage to any potential child care givers. Try to research online, or through friends and family, to see what the going rate is.

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