The Babysitting Guide is a resource for kids working as
babysitters, with practical tips for a safe and positive
We also have a guide and checklist to help parents work
with their babysitters to get the best results for everyone.
l Babysitting Guide for Young People
l Babysitting Guide for Parents
l Babysitting Checklist
l Get all the information you need from the parents,
including their address, contact phone numbers, how
many children you’ll be babysitting, the children’s
names and ages and any allergies or medical
conditions they have.
l Agree on the hours you will be working, how much
you will be paid and exactly what is expected of you.
If you aren’t sure about a fair rate of pay, check with
friends who do babysitting, or ask your own parents
l Ask to meet the parents and children face to face
before you start so you can all get to know each other
and feel comfortable.
l Learn basic first aid. You could do a first aid course
with St John Ambulance or Red Cross.
l Learn the emergency phone numbers. The emergency
fire, police and ambulance number is 000 and the
poisons information number is 13 11 26.
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l Prepare some activities for the children. Make sure
these are safe, and suitable for the weather and choose
things you can do together.
l Let your parents know where you will be and what
time they should expect you home or come to pick you
The Babysitting Checklist sets out
all the details you should have
before the parents leave
l When you arrive at the parents’ house for the first
time ask them to show you around so you know where
everything is. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – the
more you know the better you can do the job.
l Before the parents leave make sure you feel
comfortable with the house rules, their approach to
discipline and any expectations they have of you. If
you’re not sure about anything, ask! The Babysitting
Checklist can help.
l When babysitting don’t leave child