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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. Seek a babysitter through the Wasserman Center for Career Development, NYU's student employment office.
  4. 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.

Babysitters.com 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

Please note, as of April 30th, 2014, the Babysitting Registry will be integrated into the NYU CareerNet system.

By integrating the Registry into NYU CareerNet, we have streamlined the process for both students seeking opportunities and families in need of child care services. Members of the Alumni Parenting Club are also welcome to use the enhanced system through NYU CareerNet.

Please note the following:

  • NYU CareerNet is password protected to ensure that all users are part of the NYU community.
  • NYU Parents currently in the Babysitting Registry will receive an email with instructions for posting via NYU CareerNet.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Wasserman Center for Career Development at 212-998-4730 or at: career.development@nyu.edu.


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 joining a Babysitting Co-op?

Consider joining one of the established coops in the area:

 

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