Babysitter Instructions

Babysitter Instructions

Before you walk out the door, ensure you leave the babysitter with the following information:

  • Go over your child's usual routine (homework, bedtime, mealtimes) and your general house rules, including any limits on TV, computer use, video games, playing outside, etc.

  • Make sure the sitter knows where you will be and how to reach you at all times, and under what circumstances to call 999 before contacting you.

  • Make sure the sitter knows whom to contact in an emergency. Provide an emergency phone list that includes neighbours, friends, relatives, and your doctor. Write your own phone number and address on the list, so that in case of an emergency, the sitter can give that information to the 999 operator.

  • Show the babysitter where emergency exits, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers are located. Demonstrate how to enable and disable security systems and alarms if you have them.

  • Show the sitter where you keep the inside door keys in case a child locks himself or herself inside a room.

  • Let the sitter know of any special problems your child may have, such as an allergy to bee stings, certain foods, or household products, or the need for medication at a specific time (explain and write down the directions).

  • Review your first aid kit with the sitter.

  • Teach kids the meaning of 999 and how to call for help, so that if something happens to your babysitter, they know what to do.

Let your babysitter know your expectations before you leave. If you'd prefer that the sitter not leave the house with your child, make that clear. If the babysitter is a driver, let them know the rules about driving your kids. If the phone and visitors are off limits, discuss those restrictions.

Sitter Safety

Make sure the babysitter knows these safety rules:

  • Don't give your child any medicine without your specific instruction.

  • Don't leave kids alone in the house or garden, even for a minute.

  • Don't leave kids unattended near water. Babies and small children can drown in only a few inches of water, even in a bucket or toilet.

  • Don't feed kids under 4 years old popcorn, nuts, raw carrots, or any hard, smooth foods that can block the windpipe and cause choking. Foods such as sausages or grapes should never be served whole and should be chopped into very small pieces.

  • Don't let kids play with plastic bags, balloons, coins, or other small objects they could choke on.

  • Don't let kids play near stairs,windows, stoves, or electric sockets.

After you return, ask your children if they enjoyed the babysitter's visit. When you find a reliable babysitter they like, you're sure to have a more relaxing and enjoyable time away from home.

Contact us:

E O'Neill  07500661338

Shrewton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 4HB