Finding a Nanny or a Babysitter

How Do I Select The Right Person?

Thorough screening and interviewing of candidates for the job is crucial in determining who might have the skills, training and background that best fit your child care needs.


If you decide to go through an agency, a background check will most likely have been conducted. You may want to ask to see documentation. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau for additional information on the agency you are working with. If you decide to search for an in-home provider on your own you can conduct your own criminal background check on an individual.  (See  Criminal Police Check and/or Department of Motor Vehicles Background Check.)


If a person has met your initial screening criteria, plan a face-to-face interview with the individual. It may be helpful to use the Interview Questions for Nanny or Babysitter document. If it is favorable, introduce your children to her/him to see how they interact. Plan to discuss each of your expectations, how compatible your lifestyles, values, and attitudes are. Elicit responses to sample situations that may occur in the care-giving situation. Review family rules. Firm up the responsibilities, salary and benefits of employment in your home.

How Do I Find Someone?

There are various ways of locating a person who can provide child care in your home.

  • Online Sitting Service Sites
  • Local Mom’s Club Chapter
  • Babysitting Course offered through local Park and Recreation Program
  • Local Colleges/High School
  • Nanny Agencies (Contact 2-1-1 Child Care at 1-800-505-1000 for referrals to  nanny agencies.)
  • Word of Mouth

Tips to Create a Successful Partnership:

  • Offer the individual a fair wage (If possible, offer benefits)
  • Be clear in the providers job responsibilities and rules of the house
  • Treat your in-home provider as a professional
  • Show respect and appreciation for a job well done
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Set up a system of daily communication as well as in-depth discussion of how things are going. Review your in home child care agreement on a annual basis (sooner if warranted)