This week I am looking at the four steps in finding and selecting a caretaker for your child. Yesterday’s post covered the information you will want to know before you invite them for an interview. Today, I will cover some discussion topics that will be helpful in weeding out the pool of applicants. If you plan on a family member or a friend taking care of your child, the questions and information exchanged should be the same but presented in a more casual way. It is very important that you set the stage for a successful relationship between you and your child’s caretaker, no matter who they are. It is also important that all caretakers know the same information and that the expectations and rules stay consistent. This benefits your child and allows them to have a positive, consistent experience when someone else is in charge.
Some topics to discuss:
- Paid vacation days – holidays, vacation days, when you take vacation (full-time)
- Sick days (full-time)
- Insurance offered (full-time)
- Providing food
- How often and to where your child can be driven
- Pay for mileage
- Other duties – baby’s laundry, making food, accepting deliveries, etc.
- What to do in case of emergency
- Time sheet
- Family calendar
- Reviews and pay raises – how often and using what scale
- Classes, play-dates, school
- Babysitter vs. Nanny
- Overtime, nights, and weekends (full-time)
- Pet information
You may have other questions that you will add to this list. Not all topics above will pertain to you and you may not offer things like insurance, paid vacation, or food. Be upfront and clear with your caretaker. As I mentioned above, it is very important to set the stage for success. Create an environment that allows for questions to be asked and respected. Ultimately, you want to find a person that wants to work for you. This is important for the well-being of your child as well as the care and respect of your things.
Take the time to do your research and find a person that is great. It is well worth your time and money in the long run. Being thoughtful throughout this process will better your chances of finding a perfect fit for your family.