Your Babysitter

For Parents


10 tips to writing a great family statement

  1. “KISS” - Keep It Short and Simple
  2. Describe your family e.g. number of children and ages.
  3. Mention if they are required to work with your pets.
  4. Describe the job including hours and days.
  5. Provide details of any special duties e.g. driving, cooking or cleaning
  6. Describe any special skills you will require e.g. languages or special care needs.
  7. DO NOT publish – your surname, address, e-mail or phone numbers.
  8. Describe the kind of babysitter/nanny you are looking for e.g. friendly, young or old.
  9. Mention what you are willing to pay.
  10. Sign off with something nice and friendly e.g. “hope to hear from you soon”


What is a police check?

A police check is done nationally and is conducted by the Australian Federal Police. It is a personal check for names, dates of birth and any prior records. In Australia it is illegal to work with children in schools or at any other childcare industry premises without a police check. So it is a good idea to hire someone who has a current police check to ensure the safety of your family. For further information you can check out the web sites below.

QLD Police check

QLD Blue Card

WA Working With Children Check

NSW Police Check

SA Police Check

TAS Police Check

VIC Police Check


How to Choose the Right Babysitter or Nanny

  • The most important issue is that you and your children are safe and happy.
  • Make sure you read the resume and check all references, certificates, police check and licence documents. You should feel happy with your decision however it is natural to be nervous when leaving your children with a new person. You are advised to make regular checks during the early stages of your association with the new babysitter or nanny so that you become comfortable with them.
  • You should also follow the interview steps and information provided on the Your Babysitter website together with other parent experiences discussed in our Chat Forum.
  • You should be on your way to finding a great babysitter or nanny who is well suited for your family and can assist your quality of life.
    If you have any questions or concerns about your babysitter or nanny don’t hesitate to ask them immediately and make sure you are honest because after all it is YOUR children they are taking care of.


10 tips to help you on the first day

  1. Take the babysitter/nanny on a full tour of the house, even to the rooms which are unlikely to be used. This is just in case of an emergency and it is good for the babysitter/nanny to be familiar with the house.
  2. Show your babysitter/nanny around the children’s rooms and the play areas.
  3. Show your babysitter/nanny the facilities and the locations of nappies, clothes etc.
  4. Give them a list of contact details, including the details of an alternate person to get in contact with if they cannot get onto you.
  5. Explain the routine e.g. meal times, bed times, reading and TV viewing etc.
  6. Give them a list of child/house rules.
  7. Give the babysitter/nanny an approximate time when they can expect you home.
  8. If you are little worried or nervous feel free to call home and just check up on your children.
  9. Make sure you have the correct change for the babysitter/nanny.
  10. Finally, it is your duty to make sure the babysitter gets to their car safely.


10 tips for interviewing and making your babysitter or nanny feel comfortable

  1. Before the interview starts try and have a general chat to calm both you and the babysitter/nannies nerves.
  2. Make sure you receive a copy of the resume and check the licence, first aid, police check if they aren’t attached to the resume.
  3. Give a brief overview of the job i.e. hours, days, duties, the house rules, children’s ages, number of children, pay and general expectations.
  4. Before the interview make sure you write down the questions you have.
  5. Ask the babysitter/nanny a few questions on safety and general work experience and make sure you are comfortable with their answers.
  6. Make notes so you can refer to them later.
  7. Make sure the children are there for them to meet the babysitter/nanny.
  8. Give the babysitter/nanny a quick tour of the house and also introduce your pets.
  9. Be open and honest with the babysitter/nanny about what you do and don’t like in respect of activities and behaviour.
  10. Make sure you call them after the interview even it is to tell them that they haven’t got the job.


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