Your child is your most prized possession and that is why when it comes to child care Ottawa, you need to know that they are in good hands at all times. Whether you are new to babysitting services or are a seasoned vet, here are 4 ways to ensure that you find the perfect sitter for your special little guy or girl...
1. Schedule a play date.
The best way to know if a sitter is good for your child is to try a trial run. This will not only help you to see if their personalities match up, but it will also give you an idea of what to expect in the future to come. When you see your child with a potential sitter, you will get a better idea of their temperament, sitting style and how your child will react to their presence. If you feel anything is off or your child seems uncomfortable... move on to the next option.
2. Interview previous families.
References are great, but an actual sit down interview with the nanny's previous family will tell you much more than a quick email can. What were her strengths? What were her weaknesses? Did she leave on good terms or was she let go for a specific reason? Getting to know a family from the sitter's past can give you a good look into their future.
3. Sit down with your budget.
What can you truly afford when it comes to child care? Go over your budget and then go over it one more time. You want to find a child care service that is great with your child but also one that you can afford. Make sure that you are looking at all expenses. Not just the essentials. If you want to keep up with your current lifestyle budget down to even your daily coffee.
4. Don't underestimate word of mouth.
Friends may know more about what's what in the sitting world than you do, especially if they are families who lead busy, business-driven lives. Ask around. When you do, you might be surprised at what you learn and who you find that might not be listed on sitting sites.
Your little one is the very best part of who you are and you want to be sure that they are safe and sound anytime that you cannot be home with them. You also want someone who will treat them just as you would. When you do, implement these 4 tips and you will come away with a great sitter for your special little one in no time flat.