What questions to ask when interviewing a babysitter


Meeting a girl who comes recommended - I also know her parents. She's just meeting the girls but don't want to come across too "hippy" either, what questions would you ask? Also, what are the going rates in Dublin?
I think that the most important thing to do would be to see her with the girls. Maybe leave her to play with them and keep an eye on them? That way you'll see if she has the necessary cop on to do the right thing. I think that it's sometimes hard to get out what you're trying to say when you're put on the spot, even if you're brilliant at a job so, I suppose informal would be the best thing you could do.
Just googled this -
Do you have any younger brothers or sisters that you babysit for? What are their ages?
Have you had experience taking care of other children? If so, how old were they and over what period of time (and/or how often) did you babysit for them?
Have you completed any babysitter training, first aid, or CPR courses?
Tell me about school. How are your grades? What activities are you involved in?
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?
How do your parents feel about you babysitting?
What do you like best about babysitting and being with kids? What do you like least?
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?
Do you know what to do in case of an emergency?
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while babysitting? How did you handle it?
How much do you charge and what hours are you available?
Do you have any questions for me?
Some of it is a little OTT in my opinion, but it might be a good guide for you. You might only ask 3 or 4 of those questions... it should be enough.
informal for a 1st meeting with ur girls but set the ground rules before you leave her in your home alone with your girls
*no friends visiting while your out
*landline phone for emergencys only (not a 2 hour chat with her mates)
*no smoking
*what you exoect to pay (ask her mam what rates would be appropriate)
Good luck... a good sitter is worth her weight in gold coz peace of mind is priceless
thanks, girls. She is really lovely and the girls were happy so it's - can't believe I've a babysitter!
That's great! Here's to some relaxing nights out so

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