Section 1:  Are You Ready?

What are some tips?

Take a babysitting course, Care for your siblings, Care for your pets, Be a mother’s help, and Babysit in your own house.

Section 2:  Get Prepared

Getting to Know You Meeting

  • Expectations-If a parent is only out for an hour or so then you just need to keep the kids from breaking things and keep the out of trouble. If they're out for the whole day or night then you need to make them food, help with homework, and put them to bed.
  • Style-When you talk to the parent get a little sense of her parenting style.
  • Get the Digits-Get guidelines from the parents a phone number. Ask for the emergency numbers. If there's a fire, burglary, or an accident always call 911 first before the parent.
  • Diet- Ask if they have any allergies. Ask if they are allowed to have snakes.
  • Medicine-Ask if the child is on any medicine. If they do ask when they take it. 
  • Routines-Ask if the parents want you to bathe them. Ask what kind of tube they use.  Ask if there's a book that the child like too read before bed. Also ask what time their bedtime is. If they have anything they like to sleep with. 
  • Toys, Games, and Activities-Ask what their favorite thing to do is. If the child is old enough you can ask them directly.
  • Personality- Try to figure out what the kids personality is like. 
  • Siblings-If you babysit for more than one child find out if the kids get along together well.

Child Care

Section 3:  Safety First

  • Household Safety- Keep the kids away from the kitchen. Make sure that the doors and windows are locked. Turn on the outside lights. Make sure that the smoke alarms are on and have new batteries. If you are allowed to take the kids outside now that is dangerous and the boundaries. 
  • The Child’s Safety- Figure out what kind of food they are allergic to. Don’t let the kid be around water without you watching. Don’t let the kids climb anything at all. Be aware of sharp things and keep the cleaning things far from their reach. Never let the kid put anything in their mouth other than food. Also, don’t let them eat anything bigger that a grape.
  • Your Own Safety- Never answer the door unless the parents tell you to. Ask the parents their phone-answering policy. Never tell anyone that you're in the house without the parents or as the babysitter. Plan a safe way to get from your house to the babysitting house. If anyone tells you to do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing don’t do it.
  • Emergencies- Have the emergency numbers written down or on your phone. Make sure they have alarms for everything. Plan an escape route or ask for their escape route.



Section 4:  House Rules

  • Know the Do’s and Don’ts- Ask if the kids are allowed to watch TV and how long. Ask if the kids can get snacks or drinks. Ask what rooms they aren't allowed to go into. Ask if they are allowed to go to the playground. Ask if the kids can get loud. Ask about their talking-bake policy. Ask if the kid does something wrong should you punish them or wait for the parent.
  • Understand and Respect Cultural Differences-Ask about what kind of food they are allowed to have and not have. Ask if you should pray before meals or not.
  • Universal Rules-Unless the parent tells you that you can have someone come help you don’t bring anyone. Don’t wonder around the house. Don’t do anything that isn’t in the age limit of the youngest kid there.




Section 6:  The Business

  • HOW Will You Charge- Know if you charge by the hour, job, or per child.
  • How MUCH Will You Charge-It depends on where you live. If it’s a nicer neighborhood it can be high. It also depends on how good of a babysitter you are.
  • How You Get Paid-Make sure the parents know how to pay. 
  • Advertising and Promotion-Tell your friends that you're babysitting in that neighborhood so that the word gets around. Make flyers and put them around town. Make a great impression so that the parents will tell other parents.




Section 5:  Keeping Kids Happy

  • Have Fun with the Children- Don’t be boring do things with the children. 
  • When the Kids are Fussy-When the kid gets in a bad mood try to figure out why. 
  • When the Kids Misbehave- Be in charge when the kid is bad to tell them no and if the kid does anything that the parent tells you not to let them do tell them no.

Section 7:  Tips for Doing a Great Job

What are some tips?

Tidy up, Give the parents a report, Don’t be a complainer, Be honest, and Ask for more business.

Section 8:  From the Mentors

  • From Stormy- Start by working around the house with your pets or your little siblings. 
  • From Joel-Start close to home so that if you do need help your parents could come and help you.
  • From Lauren- Start out with little things don’t rush to being home alone with 2 kids or anything like that.