If you’re looking for a baby sitter agency, then your not alone. Most families across the country need a good baby sitter to watch over their kids while they go out for work or for a break. Looking for an agency may be a better idea than looking for a sitter yourself. This doesn’t mean though that getting a good agency is easy in itself. Before you sign up with an agency, there are a few things that you would just have to expect.
One outstanding consideration is the fees. Sitter and nanny agencies do not charge cheap. This is especially true if you are looking for a stay at home sitter. Aside from membership and processing fees, you would also have to shell out for the placement fees. Some agencies will also require you to be the one to handle transportation expenses for your sitter or nanny. You should expect to spend more than a thousand dollars even before your sitter can work for you. An important aspect to remember about fees is to always ask your agency how much you need to pay exactly. Possible hidden and additional fees need to be openly discussed.
How can a baby sitter agency help you? You may think that all agencies will provide you with everything. You may think that you only have to sit back, relax and wait for you nanny to come. This is not always the case. Some agencies serve better than others and have better services. What you need to do is to find out what an agency will do exactly and if their fees are really worth it.
One important thing they can do for you is a background check on the sitter. Ask your agency if they perform routine identity checks, reference verification, sex offense record check, driving history and criminal record investigation. It may also be in your best interest to inquire how an agency performs these checks. Ask what else is involved in the screening process and if you can interview the prospective sitter yourself.
Needless to say, agency reputation is also very important. Sometimes, this alone can give you a clue as to whether you are with a good agency or a bad one. You can check for agency reputation through a couple of possible sources. There are online forums where other parents may offer their opinions about certain agencies. There are also review and rating sites where agency services may commented upon at length. Parents also have the simple option of asking other parents for agency recommendations.
Check for associations. Some formal organizations have been set up specifically for sitters, nannies and agencies. Many of these professional organizations have lists of well-recommended agencies that you might want to try.
Don’t think that everything will be fine once you get your sitter. There is always the possibility that you will not be happy with your sitter. Some sitters may also have to terminate their contracts at an earlier time due to emergency reasons or family concerns. You should think of this as a very real possibility. Find out if your agency has any contingency measures for such events. Will your agency send you a replacement? Do you have to pay new fees for the replacement?
It really is a good idea to find a baby sitter agency. You should however, take good care in picking your agency.