Babysitting: A Guide for Sitters

Accepting The Job…

You’re in business for yourself, so be ready to tell your future employer:

  • Days you are available.
  • Pay you expect.
  • Hours you are available.
  • Experience you have had.

Know Your Employer…

If they are unfamiliar to you, ask who recommended you and check it out before accepting the job. If in doubt, advise your parents. Do not advertise for babysitting jobs in supermarkets, community bulletin boards, drug stores, or laundromats. You don’t know who will see your name and phone number.

Be Informed…

Obtain the parent’s name, address, and telephone number.

  • Number of children you will be sitting and their ages.
  • Escort and transportation to and from the job.
  • Hours you are expected to work.
On The Job…
  • Have them show you all the doors and windows and how to operate any locks or alarms you are unfamiliar with.
  • Find out where first aid supplies, clean clothing, and fire extinguishers are located.
  • Obtain any special instructions (children’s snacks, bedtime, use of TV or radio).

When On Your Own…

  • Check all the doors and windows after parents leave.
  • Keep a constant watch on children to avoid any accidents.
  • If you hear any suspicious noises, check them out by turning on the outside lights. Do not go outside. If you suspect someone is there, call the police immediately.
  • If you receive unusual or obscene telephone calls do not let the caller know you are alone. Hang up and call the police.
  • If someone comes to the door requesting the use of the telephone, do not let them in the house. Make the call for them. If they attempt to enter, call the police.
  • Keep drapes and shades closed and leave the lights on.

In Case of Fire…

In case of a fire, get the children out of the house first, then call the Fire Department from a neighbor’s home.

When Parent’s Return…

Report any unusual happenings to the parents. Make certain you are escorted by an adult. If your employer appears intoxicated, insist that someone else take you home or call your parents to come and get you.

Babysitting Checklist  (printer friendly version)

Where Are You Sitting

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:______________________________________________________________
Where Parents Will Be

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:______________________________________________________________
Close Friend, Neighbor, or Relative

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Address:___________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:______________________________________________________________
Family Doctor

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:______________________________________________________________
Hospital

Name:_____________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:______________________________________________________________
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