In the market for a new nanny or babysitter? Here are all the questions you need to ask

A woman holds a child.
A woman holds a child.

When you’re on the hunt for a new nanny or babysitter, it can be incredibly stressful.

Whether you’re looking to hire a complete stranger or someone you know well, and if it’s for a full-time job or just date nights, there is plenty to consider.

Some experts in the industry — NannyTrack co-founder Leah Clarkson and the Babysitting Company founder Rachel Charlupski -- told Care.com all the must-ask questions parents should have on hand for any interview.

Basic interview

If the person you are considering hiring is someone who has come as a recommendation by a friend, or even if it’s a neighbor, you’ll still want to chat about all the must-know information about your children, including house rules and discipline.

Here are some questions the experts recommend for situations like this:

  • How long have you been babysitting?
  • Could you be available on short notice?
  • Do you have reliable transportation?
  • Do you have experience caring for children of XX age?
  • What are some activities you enjoy doing with kids?
  • How comfortable are you enforcing house rules?
  • How do you usually deal with behavioral issues?
  • This is a screen-free/sugar-free/dairy-free/pet-friendly/non-smoking/etc. home. Are you comfortable with that?

Hiring someone you haven’t previously known, for the long-term


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