Tips for hiring a babysitter during the pandemic

Considering hiring a babysitter or nanny during the coronavirus pandemic, but not sure how to do so safely? Here we share some tips on how to keep you, your family and your babysitter safe during the pandemic.

1.Screen any babysitter before they come into your home.

The Department of Health recommends asking the following questions when screening a person;

  • Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Have you experienced any weakness?
  • Do you have a loss of sense of smell or taste?
  • Do you have a high fever?(higher than 37 C)

2. Set out any expectations you may have.

When hiring, be sure to describe your unique in-home childcare situation, your needs and any rules. For instance, “I will be at home, but I’ll be upstairs. I will make sure my child knows I’m working during that time.”

You may also want too set out any COVID-19 related expectations such as whether or not you require your sitter to wear a mask for the duration of the sit.

3. Create an arrival routine for your babysitter

This should include things such as removing shoes and any other unnecessary outer clothing upon arrival, thorough hand washing immediately upon arrival as well as a temperature check(if an infrared thermometer is available) and a discussion about each other’s general health in order to ensure that there is no risk of either of you infecting each other.

4. Disclose any changes in health.

If you or anyone you and your family have come into contact with recently is diagnosed with COVID-19 it is your responsibility to inform your babysitter so that they can take the necessary steps to go into self-quarantine to to avoid potentially infecting other people. The babysitter has the same duty to inform should the same happen to them.

WeSit is open and available to help all parents during this pandemic.

All WeSit babysitters are screened by WeSit before heading to your home and are aware of all health protocols to follow in order to keep themselves as well as you and your family safe.

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