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How to Interview a Babysitter or Nanny

April 27th, 2010 | By: Martha Scully
Asking the right questions can help you get the best care for your child

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How to Interview a Babysitter or Nanny

Hiring a nanny or babysitter can be a time-consuming and stressful time for a parent. The first step is to dedicate enough time to the hiring process so you can make sure that you’re making the best decision for your family.

When hiring a caregiver of any kind, you should always do a face-to-face interview, as well as contact her references and review her police or criminal record check.

When you’re interviewing, here are the top five things you should keep in mind:


Does the caregiver have First Aid training? When did she take it? Is she willing to take a refresher course? (There are specific courses for Infant and Toddler First Aid–and it is strongly recommended that these courses are taken by caregivers and are kept current.)

When you’re doing your interview, ask if the caregiver has ever been in a situation where she needed to act fast­–or give her an example of a situation that could arise and ask her how she’d handle it.