On Call Babysitters work with dozens, even hundreds, of families throughout their career. The best nannies come prepared for their appointments equipped a fabulous nanny bag, a warm smile, and a list of questions for mom and dad. Knowledge is power! And having the information about the children in your care, as well as the household rules, will help you have a more positive and successful babysitting experience.
Here are some questions/ideas that will help you get the conversation started:
- Seems obvious, but always restate the names and ages of the children that you are going to be looking after. Sometimes you start out the day with one child in the morning, but then more children show up in the afternoon (eg. after school). It’s good to know this ahead of time.
- What are your expectations for the day/afternoon/evening? Ask about the children’s routine, including eating schedules, snack options, nap time, bedtime, etc.
- Will you be allowed to take the children out for playtime? If so, where are the house keys, buzzer code, etc.
- Where are the coats, jackets, boots, stroller, sunblock, diaper bag, etc.?
- What are your rules regarding TV and electronics (if applicable)?
- Do you have any tips or tricks that may help with the kids?
- Do any of the children have any allergies, illnesses, or special needs?
- Where is your first aid kit?
- Who do I contact in case of an emergency? (Name and telephone details)
- Will you be calling/texting to check on the children? Do you have a landline? Cell phone only?
- Will you be expecting anyone else to come by the house today? (Family members, deliveries, etc.)
These are only a few basic questions to get the conversation started, and you may find that others may come up depending on the individual needs of the booking, family, and situation. The important thing is that you have the information you need to do your best work as a professional nanny. With this knowledge you will be able to put parents at ease and have a successful day with the little ones in your care. Go nanny, go!