University of Illinois Extension
a guide to the business of babysitting
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Extension Have a List of Providers

Question: "Do you recommend babysitters? I have a 7year old and I am looking for the occasional weekend/evening babysitter. I don't know a lot of people that can babysit, so I need help! Thank you!"

Response: Extension does not have a list of approved baby sitters. However, there are several other web sites that keep a registry. You might want to view 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.daycareland.com
www.child-care-now.com/

Whatever you do, be certain to ask for references. You might also ask other parents what criteria they set when choosing 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, or be a certain age, have a certain level of experience, etc. You may also want to pay close attention to your child's reaction to the prospective childcare provider.