Kiddo's 5 tips to finding the best babysitters
Finding a babysitter is certainly something that can pose a challenge, especially for first-time parents or parents with young children. Some parents are lucky and are showered with family support - countless Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents at their beck and call. But for many parents, they don't have this luxury. Even if you are lucky enough to have the world's most accessible and dependable grandparents to babysit, the day will come when they might not be able to help.
Finding a qualified babysitter is an effort that just about every parent in their lifetime has faced. What happens when our family or friends are not available? Who do we go to? Though the answer is leveraging babysitting resources, there is no denying that this is a completely new world in terms of relying on someone else to look after our children. It involves the ultimate trust and respect, and the confidence that you chose the best-qualified babysitter that you can. So, how does one do that?
Kiddo's CEO, Rebecca Dredge, parent, and a somewhat self-confessed control freak, has always wanted the best when it came to finding a babysitter. Because of that, she shares her tips for finding a babysitter and what vital qualities to look for.
1. Finding a Babysitter - start with Qualifications
What better way to have peace of mind than hiring a babysitter with prime qualifications? Hire someone who is qualified in a child-related field such as early daycare educators or University students studying Nursing or Midwifery, as they often hold diplomas or degrees that position them to be a qualified babysitter. Furthermore, they are usually First Aid Certified and are used to spending days with children. If they are babysitting on weekends, chances are they are super passionate about children too!
2. Babysitters - check reviews
Understanding what other parents’ experiences are with a babysitter certainly goes a long way. You wouldn’t hire an employee for a job without understanding their references. With that being said, when finding a babysitter, always get someone else’s opinion or reference of your potential candidates.
3. Personal Qualities
Everyone is different. So, when scoping out your babysitting resources, make sure your babysitter has qualities and values that match yours. Personal qualities that come to mind include communication, their experience with children, their general attitude, and their approach to caring for your children. In the end, always look for someone who matches your desired qualities.
4. Finding a Babysitter - ask friends
As a parent, you may have other parent friends that you can ask when it comes to finding a qualified babysitter. Someone else’s valued babysitter may be your answer too. If you are lucky enough to get their favourite babysitters’ details - then you are one lucky winner!
5. Kiddo brings it all together in one place
Finding a babysitter may sound like a nerve-wracking mission, but that does not mean it has to be that way. Kiddo has applied these principles in designing Australia's most loved Babysitting app.
To sum it up, everything parents need when finding a babysitter can be found in Kiddo. Kiddo allows you to connect with babysitters nearby, view their introduction videos, and get to know them more through their review and rating system. All babysitters are also Working with Children Checked to give you total peace of mind.
Why not download Kiddo today!