Babysitting is a big responsibility that must not be taken lightly. You must protect yourself, as well as the children you will be taking care of.
Before accepting the job, get specific instructions such as:
Knowing first aid procedures before you take on babysitting jobs will help prepare you for emergencies and may save a life.
- Number and ages of the children
- Emergency telephone numbers
- Bed times
- Feeding instructions
- Other information about personal habits and what is expected of you
- allow strangers into the house unless your employer specifically informs you to let them in.
- tell a caller that you are the babysitter alone with the children. Take a message and tell them that the person they are calling will return the call momentarily.
- go outside to investigate suspicious noises or activities. Turn on outside lights and CALL THE POLICE. Be sure that all the doors and windows are locked.
- Name, address and phone number of employer.
- Directions to job location.
- Arrange for transportation to location and home.
- Location and phone number of where employer can be reached in case of emergency.
- Alternate person to contact for emergency if employer cannot be reached.
- Any special instructions from employer.
- Locations and instructions on use of safety equipment (fire extinguishers, first aid supplies, etc.)
- Walk through the house with employer to ensure all doors and windows are locked.
- Turn on outside lights.
- Have emergency numbers and note taking materials by the telephone.
Going over these items with your employer will not only make you prepared, but will also show your employer that you are responsible.