Take your babysitting responsibility seriously.
Part of that responsibility is protecting yourself as well as the children you will be taking care of.
Know your employer before you take the job.
Check references before you sit for someone the first time.
Before accepting the job, get specific instructions about the number and ages of children, bed times, foods, medicines, and other information about personal habits and what is expected of you.
After accepting a job, arrive early to confirm all the information and get any additional instructions.
Know first aid procedures before taking on babysitting jobs will help prepare you for emergencies, and may save a life.
When you are babysitting:
DO NOT allow strangers into the house unless your employer specifically informs you to let them in.
DO NOT tell a caller that you are a babysitter alone with the children. Take a message and tell them that the employer will return the call momentarily.
DO NOT go outside to investigate suspicious noises or activities. Turn on outside lights and call the police. Be sure that all doors and windows are locked.
- Name, address and phone number of employer.
- Directions to job location.
- Transportation arranged for you to get to job and return home.
- Location and phone number where employer can be reached in case of emergency.
- Alternate person to contact for emergency if employer cannot be reached.
- Special instructions from employer.
- Locations and instructions on use for safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, first aid supplies.
- Walk through house with employer to ensure all doors and windows are locked.
- Outside lights on.
- Emergency numbers and note taking materials by the telephone.