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How to Book a Babysitter for New Year’s Eve
January 3, 2013 | in Babysitting Jobs
New Year’s Eve involves a lot of planning, and as you try to ensure that every detail is planned out it can be easy for one or two tasks to get lost in the shuffle. While you’re deciding where to go and what to wear, don’t forget to book your New Year’s Eve sitter. December 31st is the busiest night of the year for babysitters, so booking your sitter will take some advance planning and probably a bit of leg work. Here are some tips to get you started.
Get a jump start on the competition. New Year’s Eve is the biggest babysitting night of the year. The earlier you start your search for a sitter, the more options you’ll have available. Many sitters like to line up their New Year’s Eve jobs as soon as possible, so if you’re one of the first to ask your favorite sitter, you might get lucky and get a commitment on the spot. You also should find out early on if your regular sitter is already booked by another family or has plans of her own, that way you still have ample time to find a replacement.
Be ready to beat the bushes to find a great sitter. Chances are you’ll hear “no” several times before you find a sitter that you like and that’s available on New Year’s Eve. The best place to start is with your regular sitter. You might luck out and be able to book her without any fuss, but it’s more likely that you’ll have to look beyond your regular sitter to secure childcare for your night out.
Before you start your search for a new sitter, ask your regular sitter if she has any referrals. There’s a good chance your sitter knows other caregivers that are interested in working on New Year’s Eve. Since she knows your family already, she’ll be able to vouch for you with the new sitter. A personal recommendation counts just as much to caregivers as it does to parents.
If your sitter doesn’t have any leads for you, you can conduct your own search. Your local temp nanny agency can match you with a pre-screened, experienced babysitter. An agency will charge an additional fee on top of the sitter’s rate, so expect to pay more when using a sitting service. Although their services cost more, you’ll recoup much of that because you won’t have to do your own background check on the new sitter since it’s part of the package. You can also find a sitter through the online childcare sites like enannysource.com and Sittercity.com. These sites allow you to post a profile outlining your needs and give you access to the profiles of caregivers available in your area. Remember, this is a self-search so it’s up to you to do the leg work. Leave yourself enough time to find appropriate candidates, conduct interviews and run a background check on your final choice.
Be willing to pay a hefty rate. Many sitters charge one and half or two times their normal rate for New Year’s Eve. Because there are always more parents looking than there are good sitters available, sitters are able to ask for more and easily get it. In fact, many families offer a bonus or an additional gift to secure in-demand caregivers. It’s not fair, but it’s part of going out on New Year’s Eve. In fact, inflated rates aren’t exclusive to the babysitting set. Almost all restaurants, hotels, clubs and shows raise their prices on this night. Before you book your sitter, make sure the costs for the evening are worth it for you. Many parents end up with a bad case of sticker shock once they add up dinner, a glitzy party and an evening sitter.
Lessen the workload. On most nights, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your babysitter to fold a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher. But when you’re trying to beat out other families for a New Year’s Eve commitment, let the sitter know that you’re going to make her evening as easy and fun as possible. Order in dinner, rent a movie for the kids and one for the sitter, and give her free reign to simply hang out and relax. Yes, it seems logical that since you’re paying her more than her normal rate, you could ask the same or even more of her. But you also have to remember that you’re not the only offer she has on the table. She’s weighing the pros and cons of every offer and will pick the one that gives her the most benefits.
Finding a New Year’s Eve babysitter can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible. When you’re out on the town, enjoying a night devoted to grown-up fun while knowing your kids are well taken care of, your troubles will have all been worth it.← 30 Blogs with Great Teacher Holiday Gift Ideas | How to Not Spoil Your Child →
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