Tuesday’s Tips Guest Blogger Series: Choosing a Certified Sitter

Childcare is a very important topic for families to discuss prior to hiring babysitters.  Parents always need to do their research before choosing an agency.  Here are 3 tips when choosing an agency for your babysitting/childcare needs.

1.)  First of all, every agency in Illinois must be licensed and bonded.  Be sure the agency you chose has up to date licensure.

2.)  Secondly, check how much each agency's Placement Fee is.  Placement Fees can vary greatly, depending on the agency, up to thousands of dollars.

3.)  Third, as a parent do your due diligence to make sure the agency you chose has minimum requirements for their sitter candidates, and know what exactly those minimums are.  Do they meet your requirements in what you want in a sitter? 

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>Mother's Helpers is a qualified babysitting referral service providing certified sitters for your family.  Whether you need a day off, a night out, or a weekend away we're here for all your childcare needs.  We provide engaging, adult sitters for full-time, part-time, occasional and overnight care for children of all ages in your home.  As required, Mother's Helpers is licensed and bonded.  Mother's Helpers charges an annual Placement Fee of $50.00 to use our services!  We try to make having quality babysitters a very reasonable cost to all parents.  We understand money can be very tight.  Mother's Helpers requires all sitters have the following: at least 2 years of childcare experience, their own reliable transportation and be over the age of 18.  Once a sitter meets the basics we have an interview process of the following: 7 page application, personal interview, 3 childcare references (we personally speak to all 3 references), DMV records check and National Criminal History.  Many of our sitters are also CPR Certified.   With Mother's Helpers you can expect a personal touch via phone or email for the entire time you use our service.  All bookings are scheduled through the office; parents are more than welcome to request their favorite sitter.  Parents need to always remember to book with enough time, 24 hour notice is recommended (but never hesitate to call last minute).  Communication is also important, let us know what qualities you like/dislike in a sitter; is your schedule flexible or set; all pertinent details are important to us!  We would love to provide you with information and answer any questions you may have, (847) 202-9100.  Find them on facebook HERE!

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