Ahh summer… lazy days, balmy evenings and plenty of opportunities to catch up with family and friends for dinner, drinks and lots of sunshine. Hiring a summer babysitter can be different than hiring a babysitter for other times of the year. If you’re hiring a summer babysitter to make the most of the holiday season this year, here are some tips to ensure it’s a smoother than smooth process all round.
Summer can be a busy time, for everyone! If you want a babysitter on a regular or semi-regular basis, discuss your exact needs when you interview. If you’re looking to go on a holiday, or your babysitter is, this needs to be made absolutely clear.
Comparing schedules and booking well in advance is important when it comes to in-demand summer babysitters. If for instance you are hiring a young student (with a hectic social life!) the exact nature or scope of the role should be agreed to beforehand, and put in writing. That way there’s less likelihood of last-minute disappointment when your babysitter heads for greener summer pastures.
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Kids have a lot of energy at the best of times – in summer, even more so! If you want a babysitter who can do lots of outdoor activities with the children, chat about this at hiring stage. The value of a fit and healthy babysitter with extreme energy levels should never be underestimated!
Sun safety and water safety are vital when it comes to kids and summer. Check if your babysitter has a Working with Children check, insurance, training in First Aid, CPR and water safety, and a clear understanding of sun safety, before they head out of the door with your children!
If they say they have qualifications, ask to see the certificates. As with any babysitter or nanny, you should ensure they know the house safety precautions as well (where the first aid kit and list of emergency phone contacts are, for example).
As summer might mean you need a babysitter who can take your children around on lots of outings, you obviously need to check if they have a licence and regular access to a car (unless there is plenty to do in walking distance!).
Think about expenditure too. If the babysitter is going to be paying for entrance fees, summer snacks or petrol, they should either be left cash to do so, or reimbursed quickly. Work this out beforehand so there is no ill will.
Ready for a smooth summer? Then it sounds like you’re ready to find your summer babysitter.