As I mentioned yesterday, I will be covering the process of finding a caretaker for your child this week. It takes time, research, and commitment to find the right person for your family. Exchanging important information is an essential part of narrowing down your prospective hires. They will have questions for you as well. Be ready to answer their questions so that they, too, can make sure that the chemistry is right. Here is the second of four steps you will want to consider when looking for a caretaker.
What you need to know about your prospective caretaker:
- History with kids and the ages of those children
- Discipline methods
- Job history
- Driving record
- Insurance (health, car)
- Proximity to your house from theirs
- CPR certification
- Desired schedule
- Family situation
What they need to know about you:
- Schedule – yours and your child’s
- Your expectations for them
- Health issues regarding your child
It is helpful to discuss this information with your partner before meeting with a potential caretaker. Keeping things written down and having a log of discussion points will allow you to streamline the information. Tomorrow I will be diving deeper into the process of finding a caretaker and offering suggestions on topics to discuss during the interview.
If you are struggling to find a caretaker for your family’s unique situation, please contact me for more personalized strategies.