For busy parents, there is no more important addition to a household than a fantastic nanny, after-school carer or babysitter. Finding the perfect person can be intimidating, but Babysitters and More is here to help with these simple strategies to minimise any tears (yours and your kids!)

1. Make sure you have all the administrative ‘stuff’ sorted out before the nanny or babysitter starts work. For example, you should already have agreed:

  • duties
  • days/ hours of work
  • regularity of work (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • rate of pay
  • regularity of pay (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • expected outcomes

2. If you are engaging the nanny or babysitter for a permanent role, you should also have considered whether you want to enter in to a written contract of employment. A contract of employment should include the above, and could also cover matters like:

  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Termination
  • Superannuation
  • Confidentiality

3. Write a Starter Checklist and run the nanny or babysitter through this before their first day of work. Cover off topics such as:

  • Where appliances are and how they work
  • Home alarm, keys and rules around these
  • How the pram, high chair and other equipment work

4. Pre prepare the following and leave them on the fridge:

  • Emergency Contact List
  • Day Time routines
  • Meal Plan

5. Most importantly, and depending on the age of your kids, have the nanny or babysitter come around for a ‘practice’ visit while you are still at home. This way your kids get to interact with the carer in the comfort and security of your company; you get to make sure that this is the person you REALLY want looking after your kids; and the nanny gets the opportunity to meet and bond with your kids while you are there to support them.

Babysitters and More is an online service putting busy people in touch with the perfect Nannies, Babysitters, Tutors, Cleaners, Housekeepers, Shoppers, Senior Carers & Companions, Dog walkers, Pet sitters & more! Babysitters and More helps solve ALL of your home help needs on one site – simply, efficiently and affordably. For more information or for other tools to help you select and recruit a new senior carer or babysitter go to