- What is a baby-sitter?
- Does a baby-sitter need to be registered?
- What should you look for in a baby-sitter?
- What do baby-sitters need to know?
- What do you need to provide for the baby-sitter?
Usually someone who cares for your child/children at your home in the evenings.
To date there is no specific regulations governing baby-sitters. It is therefore the parents responsibility to decide on the suitability of prospective baby-sitters.
Leaving your child/children to the care of someone else is a big responsibility.
If the baby-sitter is under 16 yrs old, you should be aware that you take full responsibility should anything happen to the children left in the babysitters care.
You should address:
- their maturity and competence
- their ability to cope in emergency situations
- their ideas on house rules, unknown visitors etc
- their attitudes to coping with unacceptable behaviour in young children
- what television programmes they consider suitable for young children
- their ideas on consistency of care
- The address and telephone number where you can be contacted
- The approximate time you can be expected home
- How they will be getting home
- What to do in an emergency, the contact number of a neighbour or close friend who may give you help and assistance quickly
- Your child/children's routine, do they usually have a bedtime story?
- Any allergies or illnesses your child may suffer from, what to do in these situations
- What to do if your child/children play up or are distressed
- What your child/children are allowed/not allowed to do
- What television programmes, if any, they are allowed to watch
- What time they go to bed
- You may provide a snack or supper for the baby-sitter
- You may be asked if a friend of the baby-sitter may keep them company or not
- Payment. Be clear what you will be paying the baby-sitter and for how many hours
Parents are recommended to choose people who take their responsibilities as a baby-sitter seriously. The care of your child/children is in their hands and the least you can do is to acknowledge their commitment to being prepared for all possible occurrences.