2Safety is a large concern for parents. Babysitting BasicsDo you think that “babysitter?” is an accurateterm to use?Safety is a large concern for parents.
3Keeping Children SafeChildren do not understand the dangers that surround themHomes with young children and infants should be child-proofedSafety latches on doors and drawersSafety gates at top and bottom of stairsCovers for electrical outletsMove cleaning supplies out of reachMake sure all toys are age appropriate and safe
4Safety for Infants Do not leave an infant in a chair or changing table unattended.Support the infant’s head.Keep small things that can be swallowed easilyaway from the infant.Do not leave an infant unattended in the bathtub.Make sure their face is free of covers, clothing, or anything that may interfere with their breathing. Infants should sleep on their backs.
5Safety for ToddlersToddlers have no understanding of danger. They need to be watched constantly, unless they are in a secure area.Toddlers can pull things down on top of them easily. Make sure that all objects are far from the edge of tables or counters.Make sure cleaners are in cabinets that are locked or out of reach from children.Keep toddlers from walking up and down stairs unless you are with them.Make sure there are safety plugs in outlets or move furniture in from of the outlets.
6Safety for Preschoolers and Up Hold hands when crossing streets.Establish rules so they know their limits.Supervise outside playand water play.Never permit play with sharp objects – darts, knives, pointed sticks, or scissors.Discuss Safety with the child.
7Safety FactLook through the home to see if there are any dangerous things that you should keep the child away from (fireplace, stairway, etc.)
8Babysitting Business Ahead of Time Agree on a rate of pay.Verify the rules of the house: television, mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, and special privilegesPack toys or items suitable for the age of the children you will be watching.Agree on transportation.Visit the house and meet the children.
9Babysitting Business When You Arrive Be sure you know where the parents are going, when they will be back, and how you can reach them.Have an emergency list of phone numbers handy (also add a neighbor or close relative’s number to the list)Ask questions about bedtime, snacks, etc.
10Babysitting Business On the Job Play and care for the children.Lock the doors once parents leave.Do not open doors for strangers.Dress neatly and be clean.Tidy up around the house as children are done playing.Follow instructions set by parents.
11In case of illness or an accident call the parents, most parents will call to “check in” and will want to know what is going on.
12Babysitting Business When Parents Return Tell parents about unusual behaviors, falls, cuts, bumps, or bruises. (Honesty is the best policy)Be sure that you are appropriately paid for the services.Express your interest in babysitting again if you would like to.
13Babysitting Business Never, Never Do Raid the refrigerator.Snoop around in drawers, closets, or medicine cabinets.Yell at children for misbehaving.Talk on the phone all night with your best friend.Invite people to “stop in” whileyour babysitting.Spank a child.
14Babysitting Business Only with Parent’s Permission Answer the phone and take messages.Take the children anywhere – park, movies, etc.
15Remember, caring for children is a big responsibilty!