Jaleesa’s top babysitters come to Beirut’s historic Phoenicia Hotel

Jaleesa, Lebanon’s trusted child care platform, and the Phoenicia Hotel, will be working together to provide trusted, excellent child care to visitors to Lebanon.

The Phoenicia is a historic five-star luxury hotel just off Beirut’s Corniche. The hotel has served Lebanon’s most notable guests since 1961, and is part of the worldwide InterContinental Hotels group. The hotel is committed to creating unforgettable and enriching experiences for its guests from all over the world.

Families staying at the Phoenicia will now have access to the very best of Jaleesa’s 80+ trained, trusted child carers. Guests are now able to book Jaleesa’s award winning child care around the clock. Kids can have fun in the room or the hotel grounds with trained, trusted family-reviewed child carers, while parents explore Beirut or focus on work.

Angela Solomon, CEO of Jaleesa, said:

“We are so happy to be working with the Phoenicia. A landmark of hospitality in Beirut, its detail-oriented, thorough approach to guest services is a perfect reflection of Jaleesa’s emphasis on quality, trust, and development-focused child care. With a cadre of specially selected babysitters, we know that Phoenicia’s guests will have a wonderful stay, knowing their children are in safe hands.”

Hannes Schneider, General Manager of the Phoenicia, said:

“At Phoenicia Hotel, we care about our guests’ wellbeing and comfort and strive to meet their every need. In search for a partner to nurture our little guests, we have selected Jaleesa.  Since we started to work with Jaleesa, we are able to provide parents with trusted, professional and personalized childcare. As there is nothing more important than children, Jaleesa’s services help us to significantly add to the overall guest experience of our esteemed clients.”

More information:

  • Media inquiries: COO Stephanie d’Arc Taylor stephanie@jaleesa.co
  • If you would like to work with Jaleesa as your corporate child care provider, please contact Partnerships Director Lara Ghibril: lara@jaleesa.co
  • To find trained, trusted child carers in your area, sign up here: jaleesa.co/accounts/signup/parent

Source: jaleesa blog

3 essential questions parents should ask in babysitter interviews

Finding the best babysitter for your family is a big job. It’s almost like dating: you need to find someone who fits with your lifestyle, schedule, and location. And you have to get along with them too!

Jaleesa vets babysitter applicants from all over Lebanon in our four-step security and vetting process. This includes a criminal record check by Lebanon’s ISF, two reference checks, a phone interview, and a final in-person training in professional skills and basic child development. (Click here to find babysitters in your neighborhood.)

Deciding whether a babysitter is right for your special family situation is up to you. Here are some basic questions we recommend asking potential babysitters to get conversations started.

With which ages do you have experience?

The perfect babysitter for your family will have experience with children the same ages as yours. Obviously, someone used to taking eight-year-olds to their after school activities might not have the skills required to look after an infant. Similarly, someone used to soothing newborns won’t have the energy needed for a rambunctious two-year-old. Make sure your sitter has the type of experience your family needs.

Follow up questions:

  • What are your favorite activities to do with kids the same age as my child?
  • What is your favorite age group to work with and why?
  • For newborns: How do you put a baby to sleep? How would you prepare a bottle? How would you change a diaper? How do you prevent choking?

What emergency skills do you have?

Jaleesa provides opt-in First Aid & CPR certification courses delivered by the Lebanese Red Cross. One of our babysitters even saved a life with the skills she learned at one of our trainings! Ask if your babysitter has a current First Aid & CPR certification.

Follow up questions:

  • How have you handled emergencies in the past? (Make sure to ask for specific examples.)
  • How would you childproof this room? Do you see anything that could be a problem?

What would you do if my child breaks a rule?

Handling kids well when they’ve misbehaved is arguably more important than bringing fun activities to a session. No child is perfect, and you want to feel confident that a babysitter will be your ally when it comes to making sure your rules are followed. The most important thing here is communicating the rules of your house, and what you expect the sitter to do in various situations– even if she personally would approach the situation another way.

Follow up questions:

  • How have you enforced house rules in the past, like no screentime or no sugar?
  • How can you tell if a child needs a hug or a stern warning?

After you narrow down your list based on the first in-person interview, you’ll want to introduce the babysitters to your children as well, to be sure everyone gets along. We’ll post some tips for the first meeting with the children in an upcoming blog!

In the meantime, what other questions do you think are necessary, or good to know? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Source: jaleesa blog