What You and Your Babysitter Need to Know
What to look for in a babysitter?
Your Responsibilities as the Employer
- Arrange for the babysitter to arrive at least 10 minutes before you have to leave so you have time to introduce the him or her to your children and pets, and give a tour of your home.
- Let the babysitter know where you will be.
- Leave emergency telephone numbers, including neighbours who can provide assistance, and the number at which you can be reached.
- Brief the babysitter about allergies or other medical information.
- Make sure the babysitter knows when to use 9-1-1 if it applies in your area.
- Show where the first aid supplies are kept.
- Indicate what TV programs, music or computer games are allowed. If you connect to the Internet through a telephone modem, don’t allow the Internet to be used while you are away.
- Establish rules regarding visitors, whether it be the babysitter’s or the children’s friends.
- If required, explain how to use certain appliances.
- Outline the routines of your household, like bedtimes, snacks, chores, activities and homework.
- Ensure the babysitter has transportation to and from home.
- Let the babysitter know what time to expect you home, and phone if that changes.
- If leaving for more than an hour, call the babysitter at least once while you are out to check on how things are going.
The Canada Safety Council has been a leader in babysitter training since 1970. The Canada Safety Council Babysitters’ Training Course provides the knowledge and skills needed to become a responsible babysitter, skills that will serve the students well into adulthood. The program is designed for students 12 years old and up who are willing to dedicate ten hours of their time to receive certification as a trained babysitter.
By taking this course, young people show their commitment to gaining knowledge and skills to handle the many challenges of babysitting. If your child is 12 years of age or older, encourage him or her to take babysitter training.
For more information please contact Canada Safety Council at (613) 739-1535.