There are several babysitting forms that are needed in order to watch your child. Whether you use a babysitter to watch your children at home or you drop them off at a daycare, these forms provide basic information and grant permission to medical personnel in case of an emergency.
Most physicians would not withhold emergency care, but babysitters should have a medical release form when a child is left in their care. This document gives permission to the daycare provider to seek medical assistance for your child. The form should contain your name, your child's name, name of the daycare provider, a statement that grants permission to the babysitter to seek medical care, emergency contact information for yourself, insurance information, a list of your child's medications and allergies, important medical information, and contact information for the child's primary care physician.
Daycare providers should also have a contact sheet for your child. This document lists your names, your child's name, age, date of birth, height, weight and hair color. It gives your home address, phone numbers for your home, cell phone, and work, and emergency contact information for yourself and a close relative.
Home Safety Information
If the babysitter watches your child at your home, the babysitter should receive a list of information pertinent to the house, in addition to emergency information. Phone numbers for poison control and local law enforcement agencies need to be listed. The babysitter should be aware of all outside exits, the location of first aid supplies and of the fire extinguisher.
Guidelines and Miscellaneous Information
Babysitters appreciate a list of guidelines that parents expect to be followed. Some of the basic information on the form might include foods and drinks your child is allowed to eat, nap time rules and enforcement, behavior problems and how to handle them and activities and games that your child enjoys.
Babysitters who come to your home should also know your guidelines for phone etiquette, rules for use of TV, phone and computer. An in-home babysitter should also know what activities are not allowed while parents are out of the home.
Supplying the necessary forms and information gives the babysitter guidelines to follow in case of an emergency. Plus, parents will know that the babysitter is equipped with information needed in case of an emergency.
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.