Babysitting safety is the most important part of a babysitter's job.
Every babysitter needs to know how to keep themselves and the kids they watch safe. They need to know what to do in an emergency or even just a small household accident.
While accidents may not be common, they can happen at any moment even in a babysitting situation. The parents and kids are relying on the babysitter to be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies.
The babysitting safety tips and general information below provides a good foundation for the young child care provider. If you are a babysitter, please read through the questions and tips below. If you are the parent of a babysitter (or the parent of kids needing a babysitter), please use the following as a good starting point to help prepare the prospective babysitter.
You should have an emergency form filled out for every babysitting job you do - no exceptions. This form can be filled out by the parents in advance or right at the beginning of your job. But it must be filled out before the parents leave.
This babysitting safety and emergency form should include basic information, such as:
Use this free babysitting emergency contact form to write down all these important phone numbers in one place.
You can leave one copy with the parents and keep one copy with you when you leave. The copy you keep can then be used the next time you work for those parents (in case they do not have theirs). This babysitting safety form helps show that you are taking your babysitting job seriously as well as caring about the kids.
There are some basic on-the-job babysitting tips you can use to keep things running smoothly. Not only do these help ensure safety, they will also make the job easier overall because there will be fewer things to worry about.
Before the parents leave . . .
After the parents leave . . .
At the end of the job . . .
Once the parents have returned, give them a quick recap of the night. It doesn't need to be an in-depth review of every minute, but let them know how things went and don't focus on just the babysitting safety guidelines you followed. Tell them the personal stuff they want to hear. Did the kids eat well? Did they get their homework done if that was needed? Were they bathed? What time did they go to sleep? Did anything odd or funny happen?
It is important to have open communication with the parents even though it can be hard to talk to certain adults. They need to feel comfortable with you, and talking with them is a big part of that. If they know that you've been practicing basic babysitting safety, they will feel even more at ease.
Finally, be appreciative that the parents trusted you to care for their children. Don't just take the money and run. Let them know if you enjoyed watching the kids and if you are available for future babysitting jobs and referrals. This is part of running your own business - even if you are only doing it once a week or month. Find even more ideas for turning these babysitting jobs into your own business here.