During the interview process, I found out that
my potential nanny
was not legal, didn't drive, asked me if I had a
chef, if I had a full-time housekeeper, and
asked if I flew private. There was no indication
that any of these things existed when she came
to my house. I couldn't get over the concept of
interviewing someone and have them be the one
Needless to say, after four interviews
of the same kind, I decided to create a list of
questions everyone should ask when interviewing
a potential new babysitter. Having the questions
written out ahead of time will help you stay on
track (and keep you asking the questions, rather
than the other way around!).
27 Questions You Should Ask Every
Potential New Sitter:
1) How many families have you worked for in the
2) How old were the other children you cared
3) Do you have children of your own?
4) What is your philosophy on discipline and
5) What are your beliefs about child rearing?
6) Why do you do this type of work?
7) Why do you like being a sitter (or nanny)?
8) How might you and my child spend a typical
9) What types of activities would you engage my
10) What are some activities that you think are
important to include on a daily basis?
11) Can you give me some examples of difficult
situations you have encountered in the past with
other children, and how you've handled them?
12) Can you
swim, and if so, are you willing to
go in the pool with the child?
13) What qualifications do you have?
14) Do you have any formal education in
childhood development, or special training in
15) Do you have CPR and first-aid training?
16) What are three things you enjoy doing the
most with children?
17) How do you approach difficulties over meals,
bedtimes, or sharing with other children?
18) How would you or how do you comfort
19) What are some methods you've followed in
other households that you think work well?
20) Would you communicate with me about the
my child said and did that I missed
during the day?
21) Are you willing to do light chores while
children are napping? If so, which ones?
22) Do you drive?
23) Do you have your own car?
24) Are you willing to work evenings or
weekends, if need be?
25) Would you be available to travel with our
family on weekend trips or vacations, if need
What is your salary range?
27) Could you recommend families I can call for
I hope this helps you in your search for a
sitter you can trust. It has certainly helped