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


Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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