6 questions to ask when hiring a nanny or babysitter in TexasSearching for the right caregiver for your child can feel like navigating a maze. Entrusting a stranger with your child's well-being demands thorough consideration. Here are six pivotal questions, endorsed by our seasoned Texas daycare injury lawyer, to guide parents through the interviewing process and ensure they find the ideal caregiver.


Can You List Your Top 3 Qualities and Why They’re Important in Being a Caregiver?

Inquiring about a potential caregiver's top qualities unveils essential insights into their suitability for the role. Empathy stands tall as a cornerstone, fostering trust and rapport between caregiver and child. Patience emerges as a crucial trait, enabling them to navigate challenges with grace. Additionally, reliability ensures consistent and dependable support, offering peace of mind to both you and your child.

How Do You Approach Discipline?

The approach to discipline is a cornerstone in selecting a caregiver. Their response should strike a balance between firmness and empathy, prioritizing positive reinforcement over punitive measures. A caregiver's use of physical discipline raises significant concerns regarding child safety and well-being.

What is Your Experience with Caring for Children, and Why Did You Leave Your Last Employer?

Experience often serves as a reassurance, but it's vital to discern the quality of their past roles. Take the time to understand why they parted ways with their previous employer. Was it due to a disagreement or unresolved issue with the former family? If so, dive deeper into the circumstances surrounding their departure to gain a clearer understanding.

Give an Example to See How They Would Respond to an Emergency Situation. Ask “What would you do if my child...”

Simulating emergency scenarios offers a glimpse into a caregiver's preparedness and competence. Their response to situations like ingestion of harmful substances or sustaining injuries illuminates their ability to handle crises effectively. Some examples of scenarios you could use during an interview are "What if my child": 

  1. Ingested poisonous chemicals
  2. Sustained an injury like a broken bone?
  3. Got burned from bottle warmers, ovens, toasters, and stoves?
  4. Suffered a pool injury or drowns?

Test the candidates’ knowledge of how to handle emergency situations. Do they sound confident in their answers? Do they know CPR?

Click this link to read more about common injuries to children.

What Is Your Opinion on Screen Time? What Activities Would You Implement Away from the Screen?

Understanding a caregiver's stance on screen time unveils their approach to engagement and interaction with your child. Advocating for minimal screen time signifies a commitment to fostering active participation in alternative activities, ensuring holistic development. Make sure the candidates you interview do not display any tendencies of neglect.

Learn more about screen time here.

Why Did You Decide to Become a Childcare Provider?

This question dives into the caregiver's motivations and passion for childcare. It offers insights into whether they view caregiving as merely a job or a genuine calling. Look for candidates who demonstrate genuine enthusiasm and dedication to nurturing children.

What Else Can Parents Do to Make Sure You’re Hiring a Good Nanny or Babysitter?

  1. Background check—make sure the care provider has no violent criminal record or complaints or history of abuse.
  2. Drug test—Having your newly hired care provider take a drug test can help ease concerns that they may be under the influence while on the job. Read about signs of substance abuse on the job.
  3. Ask for references—ask for references from the candidate’s previous employers and verify the information provided by the candidate.

Remember, it is important to properly evaluate the candidates and look for any red flags that may arise during the interview. Oftentimes, these same rules can apply to choosing the right daycare provider. Your child’s safety and well-being are the top priorities when looking for the right person to watch your child.

Contact The Button Law Firm if Your Child Experiences Serious Injuries Caused by Caregiver Abuse or Neglect

Our team of experienced and compassionate daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family if your child was harmed or injured while under the supervision of a Texas caregiver. We are ready to listen and fight for your family to get justice and move forward. Our attorneys at The Button Law Firm are recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, and we can help guide you after a traumatizing incident involving your child. We work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Get a free case evaluation by calling us at 214-699-4409, emailing us at [email protected], or filling out a contact form.

Russell Button
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