New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

Hiring a Babysitter

Resources to Identify a Babysitter

Every parent can use a break once in a while. Whether you need to run a few errands, want to take in the latest movie, or go out for the evening with your partner or friend, a babysitter can help. How do you find the person you are seeking?

  1. Talk to the people around you. Friends and co-workers can share the names of babysitters they rely on or refer you to other parents for suggestions.
  2. Post an inquiry on the NYU Parents Network to seek suggestions and referrals from other NYU colleagues.
  3. Utilize the NYU Babysitting Registry. The registry is designed to connect NYU parents who are seeking care for their children with NYU students who are interested and available to care for children.
  4. Seek a babysitter through the Wasserman Center for Career Development, NYU's student employment office.
  5. Contact one of the community resources listed under the Emergency and Backup Care section of this site.

Keys to Select a Babysitter

Get Acquainted

Leaving your children in someone else's care requires careful consideration. Whether you choose to contact a student from the NYU Babysitting Registry or someone who was referred to you by a friend or coworker, it is important that you speak with and meet with each individual before deciding to hire them. A sample list of questions (PDF) is provided to help you find out more about your potential babysitter.

Check References

One way to make sure you hire the right person is to check each candidate's references. Speaking to former parents and employers will give you information about the candidate's experience and how he or she will fit in with your family. A sample Reference Check (PDF) is provided for your use.

Steps to Prepare Your Children and Your Home

Introduce Your Children

An effective way to feel more secure about your choice in babysitter is to invite them to your home and observe how they interact with your children. The age(s) of your child(ren) will determine how best to do this.

  • For young children you might want to invite the potential babysitter to play with your children while you do household chores or ask them to join you at the playground.
  • For older school-age children, you might invite the babysitter to join you for lunch, on a family outing to a museum or the park, or in a game of basketball or soccer.

Early in your relationship with the babysitter it is also a good idea to spend a minimum of 15 minutes together before you leave for your event. This will provide the time necessary to review your expectations for the day or evening. It will also help develop an open channel of communication between you and the babysitter and to help your children feel safe. As you and your children become more familiar with the babysitter you can reduce the time spent before your departure.

Prepare Your Home

Once you've selected a babysitter for your family, the next step is to ensure that s/he has everything necessary to care for your children. In addition to information about your child's likes (and dislikes) and permitted activities, make sure the babysitter has basic health and safety information including emergency contact numbers and medical insurance information. offers a thoughtful list of what a babysitter needs to know. You can use this as a model to develop your own list or use our ready-to use Babysitter Information Sheet (PDF).

NYU Babysitting Registry

The NYU Babysitting Registry is designed specifically for the NYU community and provides another resource for child care. The Babysitting Registry is an easy way for active NYU faculty, staff and student parents and NYU students to connect with each other.

Members of the Alumni Parenting Club are also welcome to use the Registry. Please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs to find out more.

The Registry is password protected to ensure that all users are part of the NYU community. Once a user is logged in it is simple to use:

  • NYU parents post their request on-line and/or search for information from the profiles of NYU students who are "Looking to Babysit".
  • NYU students create a profile and post information about their experience and availability each semester and/or search the postings "Seeking a Babysitter".

Review program details and guidelines for Parents and Babysitters.

Get answers to questions about the Registry.

Not an active NYU affiliate? You too can recruit an NYU student!

Post your babysitting position with the Wasserman Center for Career Development. Use the step-by-step instructions (PDF) or contact the Wasserman Center for assistance.

Seeking Additional Resources?

Explore the community options included in the Backup Care section

Interested in starting or joining a Babysitting Co-op?

The Registry includes a feature to help identify other parents who are interested to create a babysitting cooperative.  Or, if consider joining one of the established coops in the area:


NYU Footer