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5 Things to Look Out for in a Babysitter

As a parent, it can be challenging to trust someone else with the care of your child. However, finding the right babysitter is an essential step in ensuring your child’s safety and well-being. Here are five things to look out for when hiring a babysitter.

1) Experience and qualifications

Look for a babysitter who has experience working with children, either through previous babysitting jobs, working in a daycare or nursery, or taking care of their own siblings. You should also consider the babysitter’s qualifications, such as CPR and first aid certification, to ensure they are equipped to handle emergencies.

2) Communication skills

A babysitter should have good communication skills, both with the child they are caring for and with the parents. This includes the ability to listen, understand and respond to the child’s needs, as well as the ability to communicate effectively with the parents.

3) Reliability and Trustworthiness

A good babysitter should be reliable and trustworthy, showing up on time and completing their duties as agreed. It is important to check references and conduct a background check to ensure the babysitter has a good track record and does not have a history of misconduct or criminal activity.

Do you know sitters on Aunty app have been screened? We do the checks for YOUR piece of mind.

Our Aunty Sitters apply by submitting an application form which includes details such as their NRIC, certifications (if any). Our onboarding process includes a Singapore Police Form (SPF) and a phone interview before the sitter is onboarded onto the platform! Thereafter, community vetting (reviews left by other parents) helps us know how the sitter did.

From the app, you can view the sitters’ profiles, reviews and repeat bookings if any!

4) Safety Awareness

A babysitter should have a strong understanding of safety protocols and be able to identify potential hazards. They should also be able to react quickly and effectively in emergency situations.

Check out the sitters with a “First Aid Ready” badge in their profile.

It looks like this!

First-aid ready badge on babysitters’ profiles.

Here at Aunty, we are committed to making sure our sitters are equipped with basic first aid knowledge necessary for emergency situations involving children and babies. Successful completion of the course guarantees sitters a “First Aid Ready” badge on their profiles, visible to all parents. Sitters with a minimum of 30 hours on the application will be reimbursed the FULL sum. If you are a sitter and you are interested to find out more, please reach out to us for more information!

5) Interaction with children

Observing the babysitter’s interaction with children is one of the most important factors to consider. A good babysitter should have a warm and caring demeanor, and be able to engage with the child in a positive and meaningful way.

Hiring a babysitter is a big decision that requires careful consideration. By looking out for these five key factors, you can ensure that you choose a babysitter who is experienced, trustworthy, and capable of providing the best care for your child.

Love, Aunty

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