General Information

Caring for young children is an important responsibility.  A babysitter must know the following information before the parents leave:

  • How many children he/she will be watching
  • Where the parents are going and when they'll return
  • Phone numbers of a parent, relative, and/or neighbor that can be reached in the event of an emergency
  • If the children have special food or medicine needs
  • What time is considered bedtime
  • Where a flashlight can be located in the case of a power failure




Parent Responsibilities

  • Post important information, such as:
    • Address
    • Health Insurance
    • Emergency Numbers (9-1-1, Poison Control, etc.)
    • Child Information (Name, Date of Birth, Medical Conditions, Medications/Dosage, Allergies
  •  Have your home address clearly visible from the street

Post the Home Escape Plan

The babysitter should know this safety information:

  •  If caring for infants or physically challenged children, consider how to get them out of the house in case of fire.
  • Be sure the home has a working smoke alarm.
  • Know CPR.  Attend a childcare program.
  • If meals are to be cooked, remember kitchen safety rules.
  • In an emergency, call 911.

qldqoThings to Remember

  • If the home has a swimming pool, be sure all gates and access doors are closed and locked.
  • A babysitter should NOT talk on the phone when taking care of children unless it's an emergency.
  • Don't open the door to strangers, even if they claim to be friends or neighbors of the family, unless the parents have given prior authorization.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked.
  • Never leave a child unattended.
  • Close and/or lock bathroom doors when not in use.