University of Illinois Extension

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Choose a Sitter

Question: "I'm looking for a babysitter in my hometown for night time so I can go out sometimes. But I don't know where to start the search, can you please give me some suggestions on where to start, and how to trust someone and what questions to ask. "

Response: Try a few of these web sites: (For a state by state search) (National Child Care Association)

What ever you do, be certain to ask for references. You might also ask other parents what criteria they set when looking for a babysitter. You must set your own standards according to what is important to you. Do you have a preference that your childcare provider be licensed, be a certain age, or have a certain level of experience. You may also want to pay close attention to your child's reaction to the prospective childcare provider.