Parents, here’s how to vet your babysitter

Our kids are precious to us, so we want to make sure they are safe when we leave them with a babysitter. Cherie Benjoseph joins us to discuss the various questions you should ask a potential babysitter to make sure they are right for the job.

Finding a babysitter you can trust could be as easy as calling up a family member -- but it’s not that simple for every parent. For those who need to employ a sitter, KidSafe Foundation has some advice for finding the right person to handle the responsibility.

Before you meet the potential babysitter, make a list of what you want your babysitter to know. It should include your “must dos” and “never dos,” KidSafe says. You are looking for someone who is a good match for your values and beliefs.

Consider your child’s age and any specific needs they might have. This will help you decide what age babysitter is appropriate and how much experience they will need to have.

Decide in your own mind what standards you want for discipline, medical knowledge, etc.

Always keep your child’s safety and the prevention of abuse at the very top of your mind.

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You have every right to ask personal questions of someone who might be caring for your child. If you keep it professional, it is a job interview, it will make things easier and create an atmosphere of respect.

Before you meet a potential babysitter, ask questions over the phone to identify any deal-breakers:

  • Do you smoke or vape?
  • Do you drink?
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license? Insurance? Clean record?
  • Do you do drugs?
  • Do you know CPR?

Some interview questions can include:

  • Tell me about your own family
  • What do you like to do with kids?
  • If you were hiring a babysitter for your own children, what would you look for?

For a detailed list of questions and a downloadable questionnaire, go to https://kidsafefoundation.org/askkidsafe/vet-a-babysitter/.