When you are hired to babysit, you are entrusted with the life of a child. Your primary responsibility is to care for the child’s needs and, most importantly, to keep that child safe.
Accepting a job
Before accepting any babysitting job, you should obtain approval from your parents. Be prepared with the days and hours you are available and the rate that you charge. Also become qualified by taking a babysitting course offered in your community, preferable one that offers CPR certification.
Know your employer
If you have not met the parents of those for whom you will be sitting, ask who recommended you. Do not advertise for babysitting jobs in public places such as community bulletin boards or supermarkets. If this is your first time babysitting for this family, plan to meet with the parents and the child(ren) for at least 15 minutes before beginning the job so that you can gain the information you need and ask questions.
You will need to know the ages of the child(ren) and the hours that you will be expected to work. Find out how you will get to and from the job. Share all information – including the address and phone number of the house – with your parents.
Tips for babysitters while on the job:
· Have the parents leave you with the address of where they will be, as well as cell phone numbers, beeper numbers, etc., in case you need to contact them. Ask the time of the parents’ return.
· Familiarize yourself with all doors and windows and how to operate any locks or alarms. Check all windows and doors before the parents leave.
· Before the parents depart, ask them to show you were first aid supplies, fire extinguishers, flashlights and clean clothing are located.
· Always obtain a schedule and information about the child, such as snack time, food allergies, bed time, play time, etc.
· If you hear any suspicious noises, do not go outside.
· If you suspect a prowler, call 911 immediately.
· Do not answer the door for anyone, unless you know the person.
· Do not use personal electronic devices that could distract you from caring for the children.
· If anything about the babysitting job upsets you, discuss it with your parents.
In case of fire:
· Get all children and yourself out of the house immediately and do not go back in for any reason.
· Call 911 from a cell phone or from a neighbor’s house.
· Stay calm. The most important thing to remember is that young children usually won’t panic if you don’t.