It's smart to begin your babysitting career by caring for a
young brother or sister while your parent is at home busy with
other work. If you don't have any younger siblings, you should
arrange to take care of the preschooler of a neighbor or family
member while the parent is home. You'll get to practice
babysitting, but you'll have help available if you have a question
or need assistance.
Since babysitting is a big responsibility, you need to be sure
you are ready. Safe Sitter® advises you to:
1. Be Prepared. Take a Safe Sitter® course (if
available). If not, look for another babysitter training class. You
need to know first aid and how to rescue a choking infant or
2. Screen Job Requests. When someone asks you
to babysit, be sure to ask yourself:
3. Keep Your Parent Informed. Write the
following on the family calendar:
4. Allow Time with Employer for Instructions.
Allow 15 - 30 minutes before the parent leaves to talk about the
responsibilities and to tour the house.
5. Know Emergency Numbers. Before the employer
leaves, write down:
6. Practice Safe Household Habits. Protect
yourself and the children:
7. Watch Children at all Times. Remember,
injuries are the leading cause of death in young children.
8. Be in Control of the Children AT ALL TIMES.
Become familiar with employers' approach to discipline. Know how to
set limits and correct children. Never slap, shake, or physically
punish a child.
9. Obey the House Rules. Breaking rules may get
you into dangerous or embarrassing situations. Even if no obvious
harm occurs, you will confuse the children and set a bad
10. Have Fun! Children are wonderful and well
worth your best efforts!