Finding the Perfect Babysitter When You’re New in Town.

by Patricia Braithwaite 03/04/2019

If you’ve just uprooted your family and moved to a new city, finding childcare for your family can be hard. You want to find someone who’s trustworthy and responsible, but how can you find that perfect person when you’re new in town? There are a few great resources that can help you track down the best childcare provider for you and your family. 

Where to look for babysitters

Searching for a suitable babysitter can be an exhausting hunt. Start by collecting as many prospects as possible. Ask for recommendations from mom groups, co-workers, friends, or anyone else you trust locally. You can also find potential childcare through websites and apps such as, Urban Sitter, Sitter City, or Sitter. Most of these websites will perform a background check for you to rule out options. You may also find college students looking to earn some extra cash at your local college's job board. These resources should give you plenty of trustworthy sitters to interview. 

How to find the right one

Once you have your favored prospects, contact them and arrange a time to conduct an interview. Before the meeting, ask them about their availability and commitment to make sure you aren't wasting your time on someone who isn't able to take the job. At the interview take notes of things such as what time they arrive, how they present themselves, and how they talk about children. Make a list of several questions to ask each interviewee. Ask them questions about their previous babysitting experiences, how they would handle an emergency, how they would respond to conflict among your children, and what their certifications are. It can be intimidating to ask someone you don't know probing questions about their personal life, but keep in mind, this person may potentially be with your child for long periods. It's important to get to know the inquirer as well as you possibly can in the time of the interview. Asking questions will help you rule out any red flags. During the meeting, request three or more references and make a point to call each one before you hire anyone.

Your new babysitter. 

Once you've chosen a great babysitter, consider conducting a working interview. This time would be where you stay home while your potentially soon-to-be babysitter interacts with your children. Now is also an excellent opportunity to show them your home, introduce them to the family pet, and helped them familiarize themselves with where things are. Once you feel like it's time to leave the kids for a fun night out, give your new babysitter a call and enjoy yourself.

Finding a person you trust in a new city can be hard, but there are many fantastic childcare options near you. Don't hesitate to ask locals with whom they trust their kids to get someone with prime experience.

About the Author

Patricia Braithwaite

Braithwaite Realty Specialties Marketing and Sales in the NW Atlanta areas of Cobb and Paulding Counties specializing in both Commercial, Land and Residential properties as the Listing Agent and/or the Buyer's Agent While serving the real estate needs for the great people of NW Atlanta area for more than 20 years, Pat and her Assistants have met and helped many wonderful people. It has been their privilege to help others take their families, their estates or their employees to the next stage in life, obtaining their future dream.

As a Realtor and a Professional, Pat has used her targeted resources to help Buyers and Sellers make valued decisions and move forward with their Real Estate goals and needs. Beyond her many years of helping local Buyers and Sellers reach their dreams, she is a hard working Broker, highly involved with each Client and Sale.

As a highly ranked Rainmaker on Active Rain, a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and an ePRO Specialist (National Association of Realtors Marketing Certification) and her active partnership with 11Alive - Marietta, she keeps her interests and knowledge sharp and current. Some of Pat’s professional Community accomplishments include Founding President of the Rotary Club of Dallas, 2015 Member of Rotary Club of East Cobb, Founding Board Member of the Paulding Education Foundation and the Foundation's original Scholarship Foundation Chairperson. In 2006 she was honored with the Atlanta Commercial Board's Multi-Million Dollar Achiever Award.

During the Recession, she turned her focus and abilities to match Buyer and Seller homeowner needs and together, they made major progress through hard work and success, reaching multi-million sales per year. Yes, the Buyers and Sellers worked hard through this process also… and through teamwork and targeted efforts, they succeeded. Now the market has recovered for both Residential and Commercial. Pat and her team reorganized and focused to help both markets achieve their goals for their exciting new future.

Pat loves utilizing her previous years of experience in the corporate world in Sales and Marketing to help her wonderful client base succeed with their goals today. She looks forward to meeting and helping you also.

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