How to Choose A Provider
Whether you decide to use our services to find a candidate or you choose to do it yourself, here are some tips design to help you find choose a provider:
Ask all candidates open-ended questions to understand how they care for children:
- Tell me about your previous experiences working with children.
- What activities do you like to do with children?
- What are your feelings about discipline?
- How would you handle naps, eating, toilet training or emergencies?
- Are you comfortable following directions even if you would do things differently with your own children?
- Are you certified in child/infant CPR or first aid?
- What if my child cries all day or refuses to eat or to nap?
- Are you wiling to care for my child if he/she is sick?
- What hours are you available? Could you work extra hours occasionally and how much notice would you need?
- Hire someone both you and your children like and then agree to a trial period. Spend some time watching your children and the caregiver interact before leaving them alone.
- Set up clear job responsibilities.
- Communicate regularly about how the arrangement is working.
- Periodically drop in unannounced to observe your child.
- Always leave emergency contact information.