A babysitter checklist is a valuable tool to have, whether you're hiring your very first sitter, using a substitute sitter or starting someone new. It can be as simple as a single sheet of paper taped to the refrigerator or cupboard, or it can be a more elaborate setup, indexed and contained in a three-ring binder.
Few of us can remember every relevant piece of information when giving a new sitter a tour of the home. Bringing your babysitting checklist along will remind you of important things to explain. Leaving a copy behind provides detailed instructions to your sitter, as well as a resource to consult should something unexpected happen.
Here are some key things to include in your babysitter checklist:
Be sure to update the list when phone numbers change and as rules or household conditions change.
What would your babysitter do if your child was injured or if a disaster struck? These tips will prepare babysitters to handle an emergency.
Babysitting contracts aren't always necessary, but they do set clear expectations for both the parents and the sitter, which makes it easier to manage the relationship.