babysitting 101 - best practice for parents and babysitters
[1/7] -- Be careful!
Get to know the babysitter in advance. If there are doubts at the beginning, consider looking for someone else.
[2/7] -- Consider your needs!
You should choose the babysitter according to your needs. An infant has got different needs than a school kid, therefore it is necessary to choose the babysitter wisely.
[3/7] -- Be helpful!
Inform the babysitter about the child (e.g. medical conditions) and about any ground rules that exist in the family (rituals, eating habits, TV times, sleeping times, etc.)
[4/7] -- Pay attention to details!
Make sure, that the babysitter has got a telephone number at his disposal, where he can reach you. Furthermore, it is advised to prepare the babysitter for unforeseen events (e.g. location of medical cabinet).
[5/7] -- Be loyal!
Do not change the babysitter too often, if you do not want your child to feel insecure. It gives the child a sense of security, if the same person always babysits.
[6/7] -- Be interested!
Do not hesitate to call the babysitter during the babysitting session in order to get an update on the children's situation.
[7/7] -- Be talkative!
Review the session at the end by asking the babysitter if everything was okay, if he was well perceived or if something special happened.
[1/8] -- Be criticial!
Always try to make sure that the babysitting request is serious and only accept it if you are really sure that you can handle it efficiently.
[2/8] -- Be prepared!
It is essential that you have the parents' telephone number at your disposal in order to immediately call them in an emergency situation.
[3/8] -- Be even more prepared!
Furthermore, it is advised that you know all the important emergency numbers, especially 112 (ambulance, fire department) and 113 (police).
[4/8] -- Be respectful!
Respect the ground rules of the family (rituals, eating habits, TV times, sleeping times, etc.) and individual medical characteristics.
[5/8] -- Be one step ahead!
Make sure to have planned a comfortable and exciting stay in order to facilitate your babysitting session. (e.g. movie night, board games, etc.)
[6/8] -- Be careful!
Try to make sure to not let the children out of sight. You are paid to keep an eye on them, so that nothing happens to them, while you're there.
[7/8] -- Be focused!
Do not spend all the time on the phone or do not invite any friends over. You can do both these things when you are not currently babysitting.
[8/8] -- Be polite!
Always try to be open and friendly to children and parents, in order for them to approach you for another babysitting session in the future.
Modèle d'un certificat d'une formation de babysitting