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Tips for parents when getting a babysitter

Friday, Jun 29, 2012
The Star/Asia News Network
  • Make sure you know the babysitter, or at least know of someone who knows her. Word-of-mouth recommendation is an advantage.

 

  • Ask for references and talk to people who know her.

 

  • Check the home environment to ensure it's clean and child-friendly.

 

  • Ask questions, like what she will do in case of emergency (give scenarios); whether she knows basic first aid; who is her support system; how will she deal with a difficult child.

 

During the care

  • Be in close communication with the babysitter via phone or SMS.

 

  • Make occasional spot checks.

 

  • After picking up your child from the babysitter, you should immediately check him or her for any bruise or injury that might have been incurred at the place.

 

  • Look out for signs of potential abuse or neglect, like the child is hesitant when heading towards the house, has a low appetite, is withdrawn or overtly shy.

 

  • Spend time with the babysitter on an informal basis, like take her out for breakfast during the weekend.

 

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