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Questions to ask when calling a reference about a babysitter?

We (finally!) have a potential babysitter but I'm curious what kinds of questions I should ask her reference? I do not want to leave my kids with someone without having a good referral but I don't want to "drill" them too hard. Suggestions so I don't like a psycho? LOL!!

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firenicecream

Asked by firenicecream at 2:15 PM on Aug. 25, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Here's a list.

    http://www.childcareaware.org/en/child_care_101/choosing_child_care.php
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 2:19 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • How much did she babsit for you? What ages are your kids? When you give instructions, does she follow them? Why doesn't she babysit for you anymore (if she doesn't) ? Did she do anything to upset you or the kids?

    Good luck!
    RedRowan

    Answer by RedRowan at 2:21 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • I do daycare/preschool from my home...These are the most common questions.

    CPR/First Aid training?
    Ask to see references.
    Discipline policy?
    Activities planned?
    Hours/pay?
    Curriculum or educational time?
    Is she open for a background check...unless it's someone you already trust.
    Pets?
    Does she have her own car?
    Child care philosophy.
    What does she serve for meals?
    How many children does she care for?

    Remember...she may have questions for you too.
    motherofpearls

    Answer by motherofpearls at 2:24 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Is she first aid trained?
    What does she do ? (Meaning, college course, employment...can be a great character insight.
    How would she discipline ?
    What ages children has she baby sat for before?
    Does she drive, can she get herself home?
    What hours is she available?
    How reliable and flexible is she?
    How much would she want ££ wise?
    Would she bring any small toys or books to entertain the kids? (I love that...keeps them more entertained because they're new!)

    Maybe get her to come meet the kids informally during the day, or maybe at snack time when they're distracted. Show her each kids room and while you're showing her you can informally chat about what you expect/what she expects and then the questions may flow like a normal conversation...not like a drill!
    little.knickers

    Answer by little.knickers at 2:29 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

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