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Thursday, 22 April 2021 12:27

Choosing a good babysitter

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Are you ready to enjoy a night free of stepping on plastic army men and tiaras barefoot, no washing crayon off the walls, or picking the apple sauce out of your hair? 

Hiring a babysitter, especially for the first time is nerve-wrecking. Trial and error is not an option, but how do you know if you have a good babysitter when you aren't there?

Here are 7 steps to choosing a good babysitter. Look for these signs to determine a good babysitter:

  1. They have documents & training - Anyone that has spent the time and money to obtain credentials shows a level of commitment. A valid Working with Children's Check is essential. You will feel more at ease knowing they also hold their police clearance and first aid certificate. Choose a reputable agency or ask to see their documents. 
  2. They have worked regularly for other families – Testimonials from families are great references.    
  3. They show up and they show up on time - Timeliness shows that the babysitter has organisational skills, is responsible, and is dedicated.  
  4. They smile and say hi when they arrive - You want your children to be with someone that is friendly, has respect and manners. You will be able to see this straight away.
  5. They ask the appropriate questions – Babysitters need to know your kids’ routines; what food is allowed and bedtimes. If you don't offer the information an experienced and cluey babysitter will ask.
  6. They interact well with your children - Babysitters should reach out to the children and seem engaged and at ease with them.
  7. The kids like them - Ask your children how they felt about the babysitter and if they are excited about her coming back. 

 

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Testimonials

From the initial quote and booking to the baby sitting service, Cherished Cherubs have been outstanding all the way through!! It gave us complete peace of mind knowing our son was well looked after. - Christina, 3/3/20

We had Riana look after our 1.5 year old son for a few hours while we went out for dinner. From the moment she walked in the door both my son and daughter were obsessed with her. - Michelle, 31/8/20

Our babysitter Erica was fantastic, she went above and beyond to make our little people feel safe and happy. Strongly recommend her to others and will use again in the future. - Dale, 19/10/20

My children felt at ease with Ema straight away. She read them stories and settled them into bed. Booking and communication process was very straightforward and easy to use. Highly recommend - Hannah, 1/12/20