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    Default How do you find a good, trustworthy baby sitter?

    We have limited family who are able to occasionally baby sit for our 2 kids so that hubby and I can go out for a date night or whatever, and they are not always available when we need them as they work/study etc.

    I'm thinking it's time we looked in to baby sitters, so that we can sometimes have a night to ourselves. I'm just wondering how people go about finding someone. I see so many young girls advertising on my local Facebook groups, but many don't have much experience (asides from looking after their own siblings) and I want a bit more than that...

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    We only have one baby sitter, a friend who I have known a few years and trust implicitly. My sil will occasionally babysit but I don't like asking. I don't like the idea of picking randoms from facebook. If I needed to find another baby sitter I would ask around other parents and see who they use. And I'd have to have them over for a play with the kids to see if they got along together. I'm a bit of a helicopter mum though, I'm very protective of my kids and won't leave them with anyone I don't know and trust, even just for a play date.
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    We don't go out often but when we do we use neighbours kids and only go out after 6:30pm once we've put the kids to bed. They range from 16-20yo boys n girls. More often than not their parents are home anyway so they do uni work or watch tv and get paid to do it. Works great for us

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    Do you use child care? A lot of girls that work in child care will do a bit of babysitting on the side and the bonus is your kids already know them, and you know the babysitter too.

    It's not usually done through the child care centre but if you asked the girls they would be able to tell you who does it.

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    when my children were little I setup one and then joined another baby sitting club. basically, mums from playgroup or preschool get together, form a group, one person takes the role of bookkeeper. the role can be passed around so each one takes a turn. The idea is that hours are divided into 15 mins. everyone starts with a balance of one hour or 4 points. when you sit someone's child, you 'earn' points when you use someone to mind your kids you spend points. no one was allowed to be more than 20 point minus or 20 points plus. and the bookkeeper had to be informed what the transaction was. it was fantastic. we all know each other, and each others kids. and no one could take advantage because it was limited. no money changing hands and no problems. marie

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    I get my babysitting work through websites (fb groups and gumtree) I do however have over 7 Years experience, nearly a bachelor degree and all my first aid Certs etc.

    Most families like to interview me first and ring my references before hiring me
    Perhaps you could interview a few girls and see if anyone clicks with u?
    Gumtree always has plenty of people advertising and barely any jobs going

    Good luck!

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    Thanks ladies.

    Gothel-I am feeling very over protective! My parents and sister are the only ones who have looked after my boys so far, so I am going to really have to trust whoever I find.

    Mmumm-we don't know any of our neighbours unfortunately so not an option for us.

    Lizard-I don't send the boys to daycare at the moment. Though I have heard it can be great to use their carer if they want extra work. Be perfect as they know them too!

    Marie-that sound like a brilliant idea! I wish I could get something like that up and going but my hubby works away so for weeks at a time I probably wouldn't be able to help anyone else out with their kids which wouldn't be fair. I don't think I know enough mums with kids to get it going either. I think my mum used to do something similar when we were little.

    Empowering-will definitely check out gumtree. Interviewing is a good idea and letting them meet the kids. You sound like a perfect candidate!

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    what about the local high school? My daughter is 16 soon 17 and babysits for teachers and families. they started a list of teenagers who want to babysit and parents/teachers access the list... its also gone to local preschools and kindys and the primary school... worth a call to ask if they know any students..

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    Referrals from friends with kids, perhaps? My sister has built a pretty lucrative babysitting resume just from word of mouth. She started off with one regular babysitting client, who them recommended her to a friend, who then did the same with another friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summastarlet View Post
    Thanks ladies.

    Gothel-I am feeling very over protective! My parents and sister are the only ones who have looked after my boys so far, so I am going to really have to trust whoever I find.

    Mmumm-we don't know any of our neighbours unfortunately so not an option for us.

    Lizard-I don't send the boys to daycare at the moment. Though I have heard it can be great to use their carer if they want extra work. Be perfect as they know them too!

    Marie-that sound like a brilliant idea! I wish I could get something like that up and going but my hubby works away so for weeks at a time I probably wouldn't be able to help anyone else out with their kids which wouldn't be fair. I don't think I know enough mums with kids to get it going either. I think my mum used to do something similar when we were little.

    Empowering-will definitely check out gumtree. Interviewing is a good idea and letting them meet the kids. You sound like a perfect candidate!
    Haha would def offer to babysit if I lived near u!
    But seriously yeah interview a few you should get a good gut feeling and even ask them to come play with the kids for an hour or 2 while u are pottering around house and observe how she is with them

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