Babysitter is a choice
Steps to Selecting the right Helper for you
Start by screening potential candidates
Review Helper profiles
When you receive applicants for a job or search for the local babysitter, closely review their experience, education, certifications, and hourly rate.
Read Parent reviews
See what other parents who have hired a particular babysitter in the past have to say. Their insight about a Helper’s performance and personality can help you decide if someone is a good fit for your family and children.
Run basic background checks
It is important to know that background checks are not automatically run on Helper. So, once you have a short list of candidates, we recommend you run a basic background check on each one.
Interview candidates to identify your top picks
Once you have narrowed your search to three-to-five candidates, it is time to conduct interviews. Not sure what to ask? We provide an Interview Questions List for every stage of the process.
Contact the candidates
Remember that it is always necessary to act with caution when communicating with anyone you do not know. We recommend when you connect with a potential Helper, you communicate through the Halpee website and do not give your last name, personal e-mail address, home address, phone number, place of work or other identifying information. Don’t hesitate to stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information.
Conduct phone interviews
Start with a brief phone interview with candidates you would like to know better. Just 5 or 10 minutes over the phone can help you determine a lot about their professionalism, personality, and experience. Take notes about the candidates in your personal dashboard on Halpee.
Meet for in-person interviews
After the phone interviews, you should have a good feeling about which Helper might be a good hire. Meet your final list of candidates face-to-face to ask more in-depth questions. You will want to make sure you are both on the same page about job specifics, discipline, responsibilities, and any other expectations you may have. For your initial in-person interview, you should meet the Helper in popular public place with other people around (coffee bar, pub, shopping centre). Always provide your own transportation and tell someone in your family or a friend where you are going and when you will return. That way you can further evaluate each Helper before inviting them into your home.
Get kid approval
Even if you are already leaning towards a particular candidate, be sure to introduce them to your children to see how everyone interacts. If things go well, your kids could help you identify the top candidates.
Verify your caregiver’s history and background
Once you are done with interviews, you might feel like you have found the perfect Helper. Great! Just a few more steps to help you make your final decision. We all want perfection.
Reach out to the references listed on the Helper’s profile to gain additional insight, and don’t hesitate to request more references. Be sure to verify the information your potential Helper has given you is correct and ask questions about how he/she performed on the job.
Look for Social
Chances are your potential Helper have several online profiles that can provide clues about their personality. Search Helper names online and check out social media activity to spot any red flags.
Monitor the relationship to ensure its still a good fit
Once you have hired an Helper, observe them on the job to ensure they are meeting your expectations. When you get home, ask for a brief progress report on how the day went. It is also a good idea to ask your kids how they are enjoying their time with him/her.
Come home unannounced
An unexpected drop-in lets you see how your Helper interacts with your child. It is a great way to get a feel for how things are going when you are not there.
Watch for caregiver warning signs
Warning signs include lack of energy and enthusiasm, a patronising attitude, or reluctance to change. Additional signs include the Helper blaming your child for problems or issues they did not cause or demanding a level of perfect behavior no child could meet.
Watch for child warning signs
The following signs could indicate something more serious than a poor match:
These are just a handful of examples. If you observe any warning signs, take action immediately.
- Child’s behavior changes drastically (becomes excessively clingy or aggressive)
- Child cries, screams, and begs you not to leave when the caregiver arrives
- Child develops unexplained bruises, cuts, or burns
- Child loses appetite or starts having recurrent nightmares
- Child acts disinterested when caregiver arrives
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Halpee?
What does Halpee do?
What is a Helper?
Why a Helper is not “just a babysitter”?
The advantaging of employing a Helper
How do we verify the Helpers profiles registered on Halpee?
Can I report a Helper or an employer’s profile?
What does registering on Halpee involve?
I found a profile/advertisement that I like, how can get in contact/reply?
Do I have to pay to contact other users?
How can I contact a Helper?
Do I have to send my CV to potential employers?
My personal details
Who can get access to my surname, address, telephone number and e-mail address?
Which of your details will be accessible for third parties?
Will my personal details be shared with third parties?
What is meant by “public profile”?
What will be shown on my personal profile?
What will NOT be shown on my personal profile?
How can I deactivate my account on Halpee?
Can I change my registered e-mail and my password? Can I update my profile?
Are my personal data protected? (e-mail address, surname, telephone number etc.)
Why do I have to provide Halpee with my surname and telephone number?
Why do I have to provide you my personal address?
How can I require the removal of my personal details?
A guide to the right interview to a Babysitter
Once you identify among all candidate’s profiles, those who best suit your needs, the time has come to fix a telephone interview with each of them to know them better.
We want you to be prepared for this moment. To this purpose, we prepared a list of suggested questions to submit to your favourite candidates. Use the following as a guide for the type of questions to ask your candidates during the interview process and take notes.
- Why do you chose to be a babysitter?
- What do you like about being a babysitter?
- Could you describe your past experiences in the child care field?
- How many years have you been working with children?
- What child care roles have you done in the past? Sitter, nanny, coach, other?
- How many families have you cared for and how old were the children?
- Do you also do other jobs?
- What is your rate?
- Have you ever been arrested or convicted some crime?
- Are you Okay if a job runs later than planned?
- Do you live nearby?
- How can you get to jobs with us? Car, etc.?
- Can you swim?
- Can you drive?
For Newborn Care:
- Can you change a diaper?
- Do you know about SIDS and how to prevent it?
- Do you have experience preparing and heating formula?
- Are you familiar with Shaken Baby Syndrome?
- Do you know the proper size for baby chewables and how to prevent choking?
- Can you tell if a room is childproofed?
- Sai aprire un passeggino?
- Hai esperienza nel preparare e riscaldare i pasti?
- Sai come si fa un bagnetto?
- Tell me about a time where you faced a crisis on the job. How did you handle it?
- What would you do with the kids on a day like today?
- What do you do when a child refuses to go to sleep?
- What do you think is the best way to handle tantrums?
- What is your proudest moment in babysitting and why?
- What are your views on discipline? Are you willing to change if we ask?
- Are you familiar with the Heimlich maneuver?
- Are you familiar with emergency numbers?
- Can you drive in an emergency?
- Do you know First Aid?
- Do you know CPR?
Questions for checking references
Below a short list of questions that you may address to ex-employers of the Helper you are inclined to engage.
- Has she proved to be a reliable person?
- Has she proved to be flexible and devoted?
- What type of tasks did she perform for you?
- What did your child/children say about her?
- How did she react to an emergency situation?
- Would you contract her again?
- Do you have anything to add?
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