Babysitting is a big responsibility. It can also be a lot of fun and a way to make some money. These five tips will get you off to a good start.
Tip One: Take a CPR and First Aid Class
By taking these classes you will be better prepared for whatever happens. It will also impress the parents of the children you want to watch. It will prove you are serious about taking care of children, that you’re not just doing it for amusement.
Your local Red Cross will be able to provide you with both of these classes. Call them and find out when the next class will be. Also firstaidweb.com (listed in sources) offers free classes online if you prefer to do it at home.
Tip Two: Stay Safe
For your safety, always keep your cell phone handy. Make sure your parents know where you are at all times. Have reliable transportation to and from the house you will be babysitting at.
Never leave little children unattended. Accidents can happen in a second. Be conscious of the children at all times.
Lock all doors and windows. Never let strangers in. If someone calls and wants to talk to either the mom or the dad don’t tell them that they aren’t home. Instead say they are unavailable and ask if you may take a message.
Tip Three: Keeping the Child/children Entertained
Depending on how long you will be babysitting and the age of the children will determine what type of entertainment you will need. The easiest form of entertainment is the T.V.; but it isn’t the best. Coloring books and crayons offer tons of entertainment. They will also help the child use his motor skills.
Playing pretend school is another good one. Many children in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade like to do limited amounts of extra schoolwork. Math and writing are the main two, but also reading.
And lastly, every child loves to do crafts. The internet is full of ideas so make use of them. In the search box type in: crafts for kids, or easy crafts for children. You will find so many wonderful crafts you won’t be able to use them all.
Tip Four: Contact Information
Always have the parents leave a number where you can reach them if you need them. Have emergency numbers on hand. Take special note of the address of the house in case you are asked for it.
Tip Five: Know Where Things are at
Knowing where the fire extinguisher, band aids and other first aid equipment is can be very useful. You don’t want to have to be searching for them in the midst of an emergency.
Know where any medicines you may need are. If the child has an allergy or an illness that requires medicine, make sure you know where it is and understand the instructions for giving it.
As a babysitter your responsibilities will be great. By preparing yourself ahead of time you will not only impress the parents but you will also feel more confident in yourself. Do your best to make sure your services are unique and aimed for each specific child’s needs. Be prepared, be ready, and have fun!