It’s a dilemma for any parent how to find a quality nanny but this is a decision that, if made correctly, will lead to a long, trusting relationship. The best babysitters get on with children and enjoy their company. Children are very perceptive (and brutally honest) so it's important that the sitter engages with the child immediately with an open, confident attitude. Children judge people by the way they look and behave, as much as what they say, so it’s important to be oneself around children.
The sitter has to have a basic understanding of the stages of child development and must know the basic techniques and requirements of feeding, dressing, bathing and playing with both young and older children.
Dependability is essential. The babysitter is responsible for the child’s health and safety, but also will benefit from structure and reliable routine. Also, the babysitter’s health is important. Don’t use them if they have a cold or other contagious disease, or if you’re concerned with their overall health. The sitter has to be alert at all times and protect the children from harm. Any babysitter has to be rational, level headed and able to act calmly in an emergency. They also have to maintain authority and discipline while being pleasant and act in a polite, respectful manner, including being mindful of the home environment. There are differences between households, and it’s the responsibility of the sitter to fit in with the family’s routines.
Make sure there's an agreement on the business aspects of the job, before taking on the babysitter, and make sure that he or she has any important information regarding your child. Respect the babysitter’s needs, too — stick to the agreed schedule and make sure that they are comfortable. You'll get the best out of a person who is well looked after.