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How to Stay Safe While Caring For Others. Babysitting Safety. Babysitting is a job that carries a large responsibility. DO NOT treat babysitting as just a way to earn money. Approach the job with a mature and responsible attitude. . It’s YOUR responsibility . Helpful Babysitting Hints.

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it s your responsibility
Babysitting is a job that carries a large responsibility. DO NOT treat babysitting as just a way to earn money.

Approach the job with a mature and responsible attitude.

It’s YOUR responsibility
helpful babysitting hints
Helpful Babysitting Hints

It would be a good idea to take the following courses:

  • Babysitting course (young people ages 11 years and older)
  • First Aid/CPR course
helpful babysitting hints cont d
Clearly state your availability, experience and the pay you consider to be fair

Get specific information such as the parents’ names, address and phone number and references if you can.

Write down all the information to avoid confusion or misunderstandings

Check with your parents for their opinions on the people and the job.

Helpful Babysitting Hints…Cont’d
do not
Accept a job if you don’t know the person calling – ask who recommended you… then check back. Ask your parents for their opinion, check the references (who recommended you to them)

If in doubt, refuse.

If you advertise on bulletin boards. It may solicit unwanted responses.

precautions to take when babysitting
Check all windows and lock all doors

Do not admit anyone without prior permission from your employer

Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are the babysitter

Precautions to take when babysitting
what to do if a fire starts
Get the children out of the home and call 9-1-1

Do not re-enter the home

Keep close watch on the children so that they do not try and re-enter the home.

Contact the home owner

What to do if a fire starts
prevent accidents
Prevent Accidents
  • Pick up toys left on the stairs, in hall or other pathways
  • Be alert to possible child hazards (medicines in bathroom, dangerous utensils, electrical outlets)
prevent accidents cont d
Prevent Accidents…Cont’d
  • Check frequently on children while they are playing
  • Do not operate appliances or equipment, unless permission was given by your employer.
street smart
If someone invites you and the children into their home or car ALWAYS say NO, unless your employer has given you permission.

Do not take the children to secluded parks, woods, parking lots, or even school yards at anytime, particularly late afternoon or evening.

Street Smart
attending after school activities
Plan the best route with your employer, avoiding unsafe/dangerous places.

Stay on that route and identify your neighbourhood safe houses, businesses, or stores you can go to in an emergency.

Attending after School Activities
required information list
A number where your employer can be reached

The children’s routes to and from school

Neighbours or friends phone numbers

Emergency numbers: Poison Information Center, Police, Fire Department, and Ambulance

Required Information List
required information list cont d
Required Information List… Cont’d
  • Location of the children’s health cards
  • Medical Background for each child: allergies, epileptic seizures, etc
if you were in trouble whom would you choose to help you
If you were in trouble, whom would you choose to help you?
  • Police Officer
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedics
  • Neighbours
  • Teacher
  • Uniformed Bus Driver
  • Store Clerks
while babysitting do not
Eat any food unless you have permission

Open closets or drawers or read personal letters open to view

Allow friends to visit you while you’re babysitting

Make prolonged personal phone calls

While babysitting, DO NOT…
information you should have while on the job
Leave a note with your parents as to the time you will be expected home & the phone number and address of the home you are at

Ensure you have specific instructions for handling incoming calls – NEVER tell anyone who calls or visits that you are alone

Know where your employer can be reached

Information You Should Have While on the Job
Every babysitting assignment should be carefully planned to ensure the safety and well being of both child and babysitter.