May is here and it’s the end of the school year!
The kids are excited about the summer and parents everywhere are stressed! What do we do with the kids? Where is the best summer camp? How and where do I find a babysitter? Fear not parents, here are a few tips on finding the right person to care for your children whether you need a full-time sitter for the summer or just need to get away for a long overdue date night.
Step 1: Finding a babysitter!
Where do I find a list of potential babysitters for my children?
- Personal Recommendations. Ask family members, friends, co-workers and social networks such as Facebook or message boards.
- Trusted Organizations. For example, call the University to find college students looking for summer jobs, daycare centers for teachers or helpers that may be looking for extra jobs outside of center or local churches for staff or members looking for a job in childcare.
- Sitter websites or agencies. There are a number of websites and local staffing agencies looking to place sitters with families. For example, Sittercity.com or Care.com. These sites connect sitters with parents and give you an opportunity to view the individual profile of a potential sitter.
Step 2: Qualifying a babysitter!
Great, you now have a list of potential sitters! How do I find a the best sitter for my children?
- References. Ask the potential sitter for a list of references and call for feedback on how good of a job they did for other families.
- Training. Do they have qualifications or knowledge about CPR or First Aid?
- Punctuality. Do they show up on time? Lateness could be an indicator of irresponsibility or lack of interest.
- Do the kids like them? Have your child meet the potential sitter before leaving them alone with him or her. Once the sitter has left ask your child for their opinion of the potential sitter since your child must feel comfortable in their care.
Step 3: Money!
The perfect sitter has been found but how much do you pay them?
- Typical Rate. $8-$15 an hour
- Calculating Rate. Start with an hourly base rate and increase it according to your needs and income to get your personalized rate. For example, start with a rate of $8/hr. and increase it by $1/hr. for each qualifying factor.
- Qualifying Factors. Examples of hourly rate increasing factors: experience or the age of the sitter, # of children in their care, time of day and where the sitter will be watching the child/children (your home or driving them to different local activities or parks).
Good luck in your search for the best sitter for your family! The Skate Zone values the safety of all children and understands a parents need to find a sitter that will keep your children safe. We look forward to a fun and safe summer with you and your family this year!