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May 25, 2011

Good Nanny Interview Questions?

Hi. This is my first time having to have a babysitter outside of our family. I have an interview set up but I am not sure what kind of questions to ask. Can you give me a couple of examples to start with?

Hi there. I'd say, always start with these basics:

1. What experience have you had with (insert your child's age) this age group of children? It is a good way to get a vibe for how comfortable they are.

2. Something about their creativity and playfulness. One of my personal favorites: What will you do with my child on a rainy day?

3. Ask them to tell you a little about themselves, where they grew up, how they grew up and how they ended up here with you on this interview. A life story tells a lot about a helps you both feel more comfortable. You should probably share a bit about your family too. 

After that, it is really about what you need and want from this person: hours, salary, responsibilities etc... has a list of these Babysitter Interview Questions in their Babysitter Guide. Good luck!


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Do you have a sample contract for a long term live-out nanny/sitter? Are there typical clauses that include:

-vacation time
-2 week notice

Or are most informal setups akin to a babysitter?

Thank you


I have been asked by my employer if I would be interested in doing a nanny share. I could actually use the extra money but have no idea how to figure a good salary to ak for. They would like to have a discount as they are opening their home, yet realize it would still need to pay more to make it worth it to me. Any advise?


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Helene Bishop

What is a fair amount to pay someone to come in my home and babysit my 5 month old? Does the $10 rule apply? How much should I pay weekly or monthly for 7.5 hours? Thank you.

Helene Bishop

This is my one and only child. I want someone to come into my home and watch him for 7.5 hours. What is the rate for a babysitter coming to my home versus me taking him somewhere? I have read many places online the rate is about 3 to 4 dollars an hour at daycares. My son is 4/5 months old. I want to make sure I am fair when looking for applicants. Thank you.

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