University Sitters

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do a weekly date night with my husband, but when you have small kids the child care aspect can be challenging.  That’s why having access to a great, reliable babysitter is key.

University Sitters is a Southern California babysitting placement company that can help can match your family’s childcare needs with a pre-screened, educated caregiver. Whether you need an occasional babysitter, part-time babysitter or full time nanny – they do all the legwork so you can find a great fit in a flash.

Kasey Edwards, one of the company co-founders, wrote some awesome advice on how to find the best nanny for your family. I thought these tips were super helpful. Here is her advice…

Finding a Nanny or Babysitter

1. Define what you are looking for.

Do you want a mother type or an energetic college grad? What are your hours and daily expectations?

2. Be clear when you propose the job.

Outline your hourly rate and exact expectations when you describe the job to potential candidates.

3. Utilize professionals when needed.

Using a nanny agency can save time and headaches.  They have resources to help you define your expectations and meet them.  Call University Sitters and mention Tiny Oranges for a special discount (see below!)*

4. Interview at least 4-5 people.

You can’t get a good sense of who is a great fit until you know who isn’t right.

5. Check references and do trials before you commit.

References should be easy to reach and enthusiastic. Trials should show positive attitude and be progressive (perfection can’t always be achieved the first week but the right attitude should be!)

6.  Be prepared to move on a great candidate when you find one.

Great nannies are in demand so when you find one you like, hire them even if it means using her before you thought you would start the job if only on a part time basis.

KEEPING Your Nanny or Babysitter

1. Follow through on your commitments of hourly rates, of hours per week, of daily duties.

2. Show your nanny respect

3. All nannies want to feel appreciated so tell them you are thankful of their help.

4. For full time help, consider paid sick days and paid vacation to help them feel secure.

Let University Sitters help with finding a great nanny, housekeeper, or babysitter for your family.  Tiny Oranges readers will get an additional 15% off of nanny placements engaged through the end of January 2011. We can help with full time, part time, educated and career nanny placements.  Free first booking for families looking for a sporadic sitter through the sitting service.

{Disclosure: University Sitters is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.}

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