Upon request, your MFS(E) support team may be able to provide a list of Canadian and local caregivers who have received first aid training or completed a babysitting course. (These lists may not be available in each location based on lack of local access to information or lack of certified caregivers)
Tips for Finding the Right Caregiver
Things to do:
- Interview your prospective caregiver by phone.
- Ask for references.
- Find out what their prior experience is and whether they have certification in: Early Childhood Education/Child Development, Baby Sitter’s Course, and Standard First Aid & CPR.
- Set up a meeting between you, your prospective caregiver, and your child(ren) to see if they’re compatible: Do they interact well? Are they patient? Are they firm and fair? Do they enjoy working with children? Are they aware of age-appropriate games and activities? Are they capable of following your rules and instructions? Do(es) your child(ren) like them?
- Be clear and discuss both parties’ expectations before leaving your child(ren) alone with the caregiver/babysitter.
- Consider drafting a contract between parents and caregiver.
- Give them a tour of your home (include your child(ren)); show them how to operate appliances and doors, where things are, what your child(ren) can and cannot use, emergency equipment and exits.
- Leave your caregiver with a list of emergency contacts; how to reach you, as well as a friend or neighbour close by if you cannot be reached.
THINGS TO DISCUSS:
- Time period of care: Will this be a regular contract? What is the start time for your caregiver and expected return time for you?
- Compensation and method: How much do they charge per hour? Per child? Will you pay them each time, or on a weekly/monthly basis? Would they like cash, cheque, or bank transfer?
- Location: Your house? Caregiver’s house? An alternate location?
- Transportation: How will your caregiver get to and from your house? Or, how will your child(ren) get to and from the location of care?
- Specifics about your child(ren)’s needs: Dietary, Allergies or Medical Conditions, Toilet use, Behaviour, or any other “Need to Know” information.
- Specifics about rules and boundaries for your child(ren). ie. Bed times, Time-outs or Removal of Privileges, Sibling cooperation, etc.
- Expectations regarding what your caregiver can and cannot do while looking after your child(ren). ie. Phone friends, use the computer, watch TV, take a nap, inviting strangers or friends into the home, etc.
Checklist for Selecting a Childcare Provider