University of Illinois Extension
a guide to the business of babysitting
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Choose a Sitter

Question: "I'm looking for a babysitter in my hometown for night time so I can go out sometimes. But I don't know where to start the search, can you please give me some suggestions on where to start, and how to trust someone and what questions to ask. "

Response: Try a few of these web sites:

www.childcare-ppin.com/directory/index.htm
www.americannannyjobsearch.com
www.findcarenow.com (For a state by state search)
www.childcare-experts.org
www.nccanet.org (National Child Care Association)
www.rrnetwork.com
www.daycareland.com
www.child-care-now.com/

What ever you do, be certain to ask for references. You might also ask other parents what criteria they set when looking for a babysitter. You must set your own standards according to what is important to you. Do you have a preference that your childcare provider be licensed, be a certain age, or have a certain level of experience. You may also want to pay close attention to your child's reaction to the prospective childcare provider.