Boys and girls often seek to earn extra money by babysitting. But as a parent, how can you be sure your local pre-teen or teenager is a good babysitter? And what responsibilities do you have as an employer?
What Makes a Good Babysitter?
You hire a babysitter so your children will be safe when you are away from home. You want someone with maturity and judgement, someone who likes children and will do fun things with them. The babysitter should know something about child behaviour, be able to handle basic needs such as meals and putting the child to bed, and have the training to deal with any problems or emergencies that may arise.
Your Responsibilities as the Employer
- Introduce the babysitter to your children and pets.
- Give a tour of your home, indicating areas which are off-limits or dangerous to the child.
- Leave emergency telephone numbers, including neighbours who can provide assistance, and the number at which you can be reached.
- Make sure the babysitter knows when to use 9-1-1 if it applies in your area.
- Show where the first-aid supplies are kept, and ensure the babysitter knows how to use them.
- Brief the babysitter about allergies, medications or other medical information.
- Indicate what TV programs, music or computer games are allowed.
- Canada Safety Council recommends making the Internet off limits especially if you connect through a telephone modem.
- Establish rules regarding visitors, whether it be the babysitter’s or the children’s friends
- If required, explain how to use certain appliances.
- Overall, ensure the babysitter, understands the routines of your household. Some examples include: bedtimes, snacks, chores, activities and homework.
Do you have a child interested in babysitting?
Find a Babysitter Training Course near you:
Canada Safety Council
Canadian Red Cross
St. John Ambulance