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Madelyn L. - Seeking Work in Columbia
Madelyn L.

Madelyn is a very kind and loving person. My children are neuro divergent and she has a lot of energy (and patience) to keep up with them. She is very creative and has always done fun activities with them. She is responsible and trustworthy. I will always trust her with my children. - Jacquelyn

Patricia O. - Seeking Work in Chicago
Patricia O.

We really enjoyed working with Patty. She took pride in caring for our daughter from 9mos old up to when she turned 2years old. She would take her on walks during the day and help her with her development skills by reading her books and helping her with puzzles and toys. She helped with organizing our daughters room, laundry and basic cleaning. We enjoyed Patty so much we still stay in touch. - Robbine

Yvette K. - Seeking Work in Lake Forest
Yvette K.

She was very good with my two girls. She took good care of them and they loved having her around. She loves taking care of children. - Rhonah

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What’s the average cost of a babysitter in Illinois?

The average cost of a babysitter in Illinois is $14.89 per hour. The cost of a babysitter is dependent on the babysitter’s experience, qualifications and location.
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How to Find a Babysitter in Illinois

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Understand Babysitter Responsibilities in Illinois

Before beginning the search for a babysitter, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for and if a babysitter is the right choice for your child care needs. There are lots of benefits to hiring a babysitter such as getting the flexibility of having some more time for yourself or with your partner. When hiring a babysitter, first, you should explore the differences between a nanny and a babysitter. If you’re looking for occasional child care, babysitters are the right choice for you, but if you’re looking for more frequent care, a nanny may be better for your needs.

From there, you can think about what you expect your babysitter to handle so that you can create a profile for nannies to reach out to you. The boundaries for babysitters’ duties can vary from family to family. However, in general, a babysitter is responsible for making sure your kids’ needs are met, including things like ensuring they have opportunities to play and be active. When tasks go beyond child care, for example to housekeeping, laundry, or meal preparation, it’s good practice to communicate these expectations with your babysitter before hiring them. Along with the different duties that you ask for, experience and location can impact how much you pay your babysitter.

Illinois Babysitter Interviews

Once you start connecting with prospective babysitters, the next step is to conduct an interview. To make things a bit easier, here’s a list of some babysitter interview questions to consider asking:

  • Do you have experience being a babysitter?
  • What sort of household tasks are you open and comfortable doing?
  • Do you have any references?
  • Are you trained in First Aid or CPR in Illinois?
  • Do you have a Illinois driver’s license? Do you own a car?
  • How do you handle tantrums? Can you share an experience disciplining children?

During the hiring process, it’s essential to ask for references and by asking their references questions you gain a better understanding of they will fit in your family. As you get closer to hiring a nanny, be sure to run a background check to ensure your kids are in good hands. When evaluating a babysitter that you’re considering hiring, make sure you’re setting the foundation for a good relationship with your babysitter. You can do this by being clear about your expectations around babysitter responsibilities and compensation, and of course, by being friendly and welcoming!

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