How to safely hire a babysitter during the COVID-19 pandemic

It’s been a long, difficult few months of taking care of the children without any help whatsoever, but you’ve finally decided on hiring a babysitter during coronavirus. Support is on its way!

The first step is to find a possible babysitter. Recommendations from friends and neighbours are always a solid result, and if that doesn’t work out, you can consider spreading the word a little further, either in a regional Facebook group, or perhaps by using a third-party company.

But once you have some potential candidates for the number of jobs, you’ll need to interview them. And the issues to you’d ask them in these unprecedented epoches of coronavirus will be a little different than the normal questions you might ask. After all, despite the opening of most metropolitans, the COVID-1 9 virus is still around, so many parents will want to make sure their babysitter has been and will continue to go the necessary precautions, or as numerous as possible.

Here are some questions to ask a babysitter during coronavirus. Some of them overlap, so they won’t all be necessary. Too, there really isn’t a correct answer for each question. The destination is to learn as much as you can about successful candidates so you are eligible to make an informed decision.

1. Generally speaking, what kinds of social distancing have you been practising?

Here, you’re trying to get an overall view of how informed the babysitter is about best rules for evading the virus. Do they mention wearing a mask at the grocery store? How about grocery shopping–are they do give or curb-side pickup, or do they browse in person multiple times per week? If they’re hanging out with friends, are they doing so outside from six feet away?

2. Do you live with anyone who throws you at greater gamble for contracting coronavirus?

Though you shouldn’t directly expect who your applicant lives with, you may want to ask if the babysitter feels they’ve been doing a good job following the rules around the house, particularly with concealments and social distancing.

3. Have you worked outside the residence recently?

Try to get an idea if your capacity babysitter has been exposed to others, and if so, whether they have been socially distancing and/ or wearing masks.

4. What have you been doing for merriment?

Again, you’re trying to determine if the babysitter has been cautious or if they’ve been taking risks.

5. If you get this occupation, do you plan on also observing a secondary job?

If you’re looking for a part-time babysitter, the person or persons you hire might be are projected to take on a secondary job to earn extra money. Nothing wrong with that, but if that’s the case, it would be good information to be aware of. Find out what type of job it might be: For illustration, will it be with another family, or at a accumulate, or a restaurant?

5. If you make public transit, what precautions are you taking?

Taking public transportation revelations beings to some extra risk, although it’s reduced greatly if social distancing is adhered to, and concealments are worn. Taking the bus doesn’t need to be a batch breaker–after all , not everyone has a car and bike going isn’t always possible–but it’s good information to know.

If they do share that they’d take public transit to your dwelling, some parents may be more pleasant driving the babysitter back and forth instead.

6. How numerous beings are in your social bubble? Do you feel they’re doing a good job following the rules set out by public health officials?

Now that people can form bubbles of close friends and family members, it’s a little more complicated than merely your family and the babysitter being responsible. To maintain the candidate’s privacy, don’t ask who exclusively is in their bubble. Instead, ask if they feel confident everyone’s being as safe as possible.

7. What the hell is your anticipations of my babies be?

For example, some babysitters might seek that the children they take care of wear concealments. That might not be OK with you, or you might feel it’s simply no longer possible( for example, if you have a toddler who will not wear a mask ).

Other babysitters might let you know that they intend to stay six feet away from your teenagers. If your children are older, that might be OK with you, but younger kids will need diaper the modifications and more hands-on help.

8. Are you willing to check your temperature each day before arriving?

If you expect your babysitter do this, you should check first to see if they are willing. And ask yourself if you expect them to do so in front of you, or if they can do so at home before they arrive at your place.

There are many, many other questions you could ask to ascertain the level of risk you are introducing with the babysitter, but hopefully this gives you a good start. Note: Human liberties codes may veto you from inviting job nominees certain questions. The questions in this article have been vetted by an HR expert* and ought to have deemed acceptable, but ultimately it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to you when hiring a babysitter during coronavirus.

* Therese Van Es is a Human Resources Executive and Chief People Leader at Ladder HR Solutions, a full busines HR consultancy.

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