27 Questions You Should Ask Every Potential New Sitter:
1) How many families have you worked for in the past?
2) How old were the other children you cared for?
3) Do you have children of your own?
4) What is your philosophy on discipline and education?
5) What are your beliefs about child rearing?
6) Why do you do this type of work?
7) Why do you like being a sitter (or nanny)?
8) How might you and my child spend a typical day?
9) What types of activities would you engage my child in?
10) What are some activities that you think are important to include on a daily basis?
11) Can you give me some examples of difficult situations you have encountered in the past with other children, and how you’ve handled them?
12) Can you swim, and if so, are you willing to go in the pool with the child?
13) What qualifications do you have?
14) Do you have any formal education in childhood development, or special training in childcare?
15) Do you have CPR and first-aid training?
16) What are three things you enjoy doing the most with children?
17) How do you approach difficulties over meals, bedtimes, or sharing with other children?
18) How would you or how do you comfort children?
19) What are some methods you’ve followed in other households that you think work well?
20) Would you communicate with me about the things my child said and did that I missed during the day?
21) Are you willing to do light chores while children are napping? If so, which ones?
22) Do you drive?
23) Do you have your own car?
24) Are you willing to work evenings or weekends, if need be?
25) Would you be available to travel with our family on weekend trips or vacations, if need be?
27) Could you recommend families I can call for references?