5 Tips for Hiring a Summer Nanny or Babysitter
Many working parents are at a loss when school ends for the year and they need someone to watch their child during summer vacation. While camps and fun activities can fill some of the time, a responsible adult is still needed to handle transportation and entertainment during the child’s downtime. Here are five tips for finding that perfect person to watch over your little one while you’re at work:
Tip #1: Word of mouth
Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is probably the best way to find the right person to babysit over the summer. Encourage friends and colleagues to spread the word at cocktail parties, PTA meetings, local school events, and even walking their dog. Also, nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.
Tip #2: Social Media
If you belong to your local parents’ listserv and are active on Facebook, now is the time to embrace the power of social media. Write a detailed job description and recognize that you’ll probably be posting the same message a few times during your search, in case people don’t immediately check their email/timelines.
Tip #3: Grass Roots Job Postings
Parents, get ready to pound the pavement. Post your job description on local church bulletin boards and ladies locker rooms at local gyms. The teachers’ lounges at local schools and park districts typically have a place to post requests. And don’t forget the jobs boards at local community colleges and your neighborhood high school. However, don’t post too much personal detail and only use generalities about where you live.
Tip #4: The Nanny Network
Nannies know and socialize with other like-minded nannies. Parents should ask their friends’ nannies for recommendations that they can contact. There also are social networks for nannies, and parents can visit these sites and post their requests there as well.
Tip #5: Online Nanny/Babysitting Websites
Online nanny websites are tremendously popular, of little cost to the parent, and are usually free for the nanny candidate. Parents can post detailed information on what kind of seasonal nanny they are seeking, along with any photos they wish to share. A background check can be included as well. I also like Urban Sitter, a service that allows you to find babysitters based on the recommendations of people you know.
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