Local Resources for Finding the Right Babysitter for your Family

. September 1, 2016.

Whether you are a brand new parent or a seasoned mom of four, finding a babysitter for the occasional night out can be a daunting task. Here are some “off the beaten path” Findlay-based suggestions to find a quality babysitter who will be great fit for your family. 

Early Childhood Education Programs: The University of Findlay, Owens Community College, and Millstream all have Early Childhood Education programs. The students enrolled in these classes love working with children and have a developed understanding of child care, safety skills, and child development. Contact the education department about posting a job or flyer. 

Church Youth Group: If you are a member of a church, the youth pastor can be a key resource for finding a trustworthy babysitter. He or she can point you toward a student whom they know personally and trust. Another option through your church may be childcare or nursery volunteers.

Babysitter Training Programs: Has your potential babysitter taken a class? The Findlay chapter of the American Red Cross offers an online babysitting training course for young people ages 11 and up. The class teaches babysitters in “providing care for infants and children, staying safe, handling emergencies, and choosing age-appropriate activities.” Safe Sitter is a national nonprofit training program that teaches young teens (ages 11-14) life and safety skills so that they can be safe while babysitting. The classes are taught in person at Wood County Hospital. 

Mom groups: The local Moms of Preschoolers group has a list of member-recommended babysitters. Finding a babysitter you love might be worth the MOPS annual membership fee alone! 

Findlay Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS), findlaymops@gmail.com, “Findlay MOPS” on Facebook, membership $45 per year.

Once you’ve found a potential babysitter make sure to ask for references and consider giving your babysitter some possible scenarios that may happen while they are caring for your children. The responses you receive will help you gauge how comfortable you are with the prospective sitter’s ability to handle emergent situations and care for your child. Always trust your gut and don’t be afraid to move on to another candidate!