Here's a link to an article that discusses what parents look for in babysitters:
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The amount you charge is crucial. As a first time, less experienced, young babysitter you must charge a low rate and gradually increase your price as you become more experienced. Not only does your age and experience matter, but also the number of kids you are babysitting. Check out www.babysitting-rates.com to figure out a reasonable price you can charge.
Do’s and Don’ts of Babysitting
¨ Make sure you know bedtime, allowed snacks, acceptable TV shows, special rules, etc.
¨ Be respectful of the house.
¨ Stay cheerful so that the kids feel relaxed
¨ Know where the kids are at all times.
¨ Be honest to parents about kids' behavior.
¨ Clean up!
¨ Make an agreement about how much you will be paid
¨ Let the kids talk you into something you're not sure about.
¨ Leave the house unless parents are aware of the situation
¨ Spoil the kids
¨ Show up late
¨ Distract yourself by having long phone conversations while on the job
How To Entertain
· When the kids start to get fussy or antsy, ask them if they want to color / do a project / play a game.
· Little kids (toddlers) like to do things themselves. Give them toys and let them be creative
· Take them outside if is not dark outside(if approved by parents)
· When it gets late and the kids are getting tired, play an age appropriate movie
· Teach them songs, play music, dance
· Play games: board games, hide and seek.
· Encourage reading; read the children a book
Safety Measures (to take when babysitting)
1. Be Prepared (take a CPR/first-aid and sitter course)
2. Screen Job Requests
3. Keep Your Parent Informed
4. Allow Time with Employer for Instructions
5. Know Emergency Numbers
6. Practice Safe Household Habits
7. Watch Children at all Times
8. Be in Control of the Children AT ALL TIMES. Become familiar with employers' approach to discipline. (time out, etc.)
9. Obey the House Rules
10. Have Fun!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
· Although there is a high percentage of 11-13 year old babysitters who know who to contact in the event of an intruder or if a child is sick/injured (96%) or poisoned (85%), 40% of young babysitters have claimed to have left children unattended while babysitting and 20% have opened the door to strangers. Small things that may not seem like a big deal at the time could have a negative outcome, which many young babysitters do not know.
· In the study, "Babysitter Safety Training: Are Children Aged 11-13 Years Prepared to Deal with Emergencies While Caring for Younger Children?" researchers surveyed 727 pre-teens who have cared for a younger infant or child as a babysitter:
Ø Fifty-one percent of the children interviewed had taken a first-aid training class
Ø 47 percent, a class in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
Ø 19 percent, the American Red Cross Safe Sitter or other babysitter class.
Ø Ninety-two percent of pre-teen babysitters were familiar with the location of first aid supplies
Ø 64 percent with the location of a fire extinguisher.
Ø Ten percent of pre-teen babysitters have had a personal experience with an emergency requiring 911 activation:
§ 10 respondents called 911 after a child sustained injuries from a significant fall
§ 8 because of a house fire
§ 6 because a child had profuse bleeding from a laceration
§ 6 for a significant head trauma.
Science Daily. N.p., 3 Oct. 2010. Web. 9 July 2012.