You'll probably worry more about your babysitter's first day than your child will, so take a page out of their book and remember to relax and let things proceed naturally!
Here are our tips for you:
You are not eligible for a subsidy when hiring a normal babysitter, however, you are eligible for a subsidy when using the services of a childminder in the UK. In the most basic terms, childminders are different from babysitters in that they are often associated with childminder agencies, and have followed several courses, for which they have received a certificate of good conduct.
We strongly encourage all parents to meet potential babysitters, and introduce them to their children, before the babysitter's first day on the job. Potential babysitters, on the other hand, should ask to meet parents in a public place or bring an adult to the appointment (if they are younger than 18 years old). These recommendations are made to ensure the safety of both parties.
You should also take your time to feel comfortable with the other party, even if that means meeting each other multiple times before the first day. Another way to ensure the reliability of a babysitter is to have them first babysit your child while you are at home. In this way, you can get to know their babysitting style better, and they can ask you questions. If you opt to drop your child off at the babysitter's place, make sure to check the babysitter's home thoroughly first!
Babysits also provides a private messaging service to facilitate communication between users. It is essential that you communicate with other users through Babysits first, until you are comfortable enough to exchange contact information with them and switch to other messaging platforms (e.g. SMS, WhatsApp). Please keep in mind that we can't help you with complaints about messages that have been sent externally to our messaging service, as we will not have a record of the exchange. If you use another messaging platform, it is at your own risk!
Ask the babysitter to fill this form out before they start babysitting for you for the first time. This will help to ensure that problems don't arise whilst the babysitter is with your child.