Babysitting contracts may seem unnecessary. But think about it: You wouldn't hire someone to fix your deck without a contract, so why would you hire someone to watch your child without spelling our exactly what is expected from both parties?
A babysitting contract primarily gives peace of mind to both parties by spelling out responsibilities and compensation. In some states, it's a legally enforcable agreement, so you may want to check your state's rules and proceed carefully. In some states, you cannot enter into a legal contract with a minor, but a contract with a babysitter over the age of 18 will be legally binding.
For the most part a babysitting contract should be looked upon as a way to make sure that everyone is clear on what needs to be done, for what amount and when payment is expected.
The babysitting contract does not need to be very long, nor does it need to contain a large amount of legalese, what it should contain is basic information.
Both parties should sign the document. Parents and sitter should each retain a copy.
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