Babysitting Qualifications

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. You have an important meeting with a client next month and your spouse also has tons of work in the office. You must get a babysitter to take care of your three-year old son for an entire Saturday. Who do you think is qualified for the job?

The first thing that comes to mind is the age of the applicant. Generally speaking, there are no laws stating how old a person has to be before he or she can apply for a babysitting job. However, this does not mean that it is an open for anybody. Are you willing to leave your kid with a ten-year old girl? For the most part, parents think it is not too much of a risk if the applicant is thirteen years of age or older.

On the other hand, age is not the only job qualification. Experience is the next thing on the list. You will definitely feel more at ease if you know the person you are hiring already have taken a babysitting job before. You would not want your child to be an experiment, right? Unlike managerial positions in multinational companies, a babysitter does not need to have ten years of babysitting under his or her belt. As long as the person had taken care of children before and the parents of those children recommend him or her, then is a guarantee that your son is in good hands.

Of course, age and experience are not enough. You have to take into consideration the attitude of the applicant. This is kind of tricky since a person eager to land the job will be as presentable as he or she can be during the interview. How can you know if the babysitter-to-be is trustworthy, patient, safety-conscious, punctual, mature, and organized? If you are not a great judge of character then ask around. This is why there are character references.

If possible, do the hiring a week or two before you actually need a babysitter. This way, you can screen five or more applicants and settle for the best possible candidate. If you are doing it at the last minute, it is likely that you will end up with somebody who is new to the job or has a problem with handling toddlers.