Finding safe and quality childcare can be stressful and quite overwhelming for parents. With so many apps and online sites available, it is so easy to find sitters, but there are high risks when parents are searching on their own without the expertise or resources that a local nanny agency can offer.
If you do decide on finding your own sitter either through referrals or on an online database, here are a few sitter safety tips one of our Co-Founders, Rosalind Prather would like to share to help keep you and your kids safe.
Tip #1: Understand that online nanny finder sites and apps are not the same as a local brick and mortar agency.
Anyone can create an online profile but parents need to be extra cautious especially when you haven’t met the nannies in person yet, and most nannies and sitters online are not screened or vetted. We strongly recommend families to consider an extensive screening process to ensure that the sitter you hire is safe, knowledgeable, and qualified.
Tip #2: Background checks are only one piece of the screening process.
Background checks shouldn’t be the only criteria you consider when you search for your nanny. Trusting Connections have a meticulous 21-point process that we have each one of our nannies go through before joining our agency. In addition to a background check, parents should consider having the sitter take a drug test, make reference checks to get insights on past employers about the nanny, and schedule in-person interviews so you can get to know the sitter personally.
Tip #3: Just because someone you know refers you to a sitter doesn’t make the sitter safe.
Similar to tip #2 above, we strongly recommend parents to carefully vet each candidate even if he/she was given raving reviews by someone you know. If there is anything that makes you slightly uncomfortable, trust your gut and consider this as a major red flag.
Tip #4: Honestly really matters.
If the sitter or nanny can lie about the small stuff, they can certainly lie about the big stuff. Whether it’s a small white lie or a fib about her age, you should always take it seriously and consider other untruths that may affect the quality of care the sitter or nanny can provide for your family.
Tip #5: Even after you hire a sitter, you should still continue to take time to occasional observe her in action.
You should never let your guard down. Remember, at the end of the day, you are hiring someone to look over your most precious possessions, and their care and safety is and should be a top priority that should never be compromised. Install nanny cams, which is legal in all states, to peek in throughout the day. Pop in from time to time or make spontaneous visits so you can get a feel of the care your nanny or sitter is providing.
Whether you need a full-time nanny, part-time babysitter, or just an emergency back up childcare solution for those times when you are in a bind, we have the best nannies and sitters all in one place that can provide care you can trust when you needed the most 24/7, 365days year, even at a moment’s notice. Our agency has a DIY screening and consulting program for families that want to find a nanny on their own but still want to use our robust screening tools. We hope these sitter safety tips will help guide you in your search for your dream nanny or sitter.