Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter
If you choose to use a nanny or au pair, the agency is responsible for screening the individuals as well as conducting background checks. You may want to ask to see this documentation. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau for additional information on the agency you choose to work with. There are various agencies in the state to help you find a nanny or au pair, contact 2-1-1 Child Care at 1-800-505-1000 to find one that services your area.
If you choose to use a friend or neighbor to watch your child, the care must take place in your home to be considered a legal child care arrangement. If your child is taken care of in the home of your caregiver it must be for less than 3 hours a day or not on a regular basis to be considered legal.
When using a family member, friend or neighbor, you may want to conduct your own background check through the Department of Public Safety. Also, ask for at least 3 references, not more than one from a relative and be sure to check them. You may also want to consider having the person caring for your child be certified in first aid and child CPR.
Another sound approach is to utilize the Health and Safety Checklist to better prepare your home.
Remember, you will need to choose someone that will be the best fit for your family and needs.