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How to Get a Babysitting Job

Updated on April 29, 2015
Babysitting can be challenging. Image by SurlyGirl.
Babysitting can be challenging. Image by SurlyGirl. | Source

Are you sure you want to be a babysitter? Whether you are a teen who is looking forward to a summer babysitting job or someone who would like a babysitting job as a regular gig, you need to know that babysitting is a rather challenging job. A babysitting job requires a person to be someone who loves or enjoys being with children and has great patience when looking after them. If you have any relevant babysitting skills and experience like taking care of younger siblings, that is a plus.

I would like to share in this hub several important things that a person who wants to be a babysitter needs to know. So, here's a simple guide on How to be a Babysitter.

Learn Babysitting Skills

Before you take any babysitting jobs, there are certain skills that you need to know and learn. Enrolling in babysitting training classes are helpful in preparing a babysitter-to-be for the job. Babysitting training classes are usually offered by your local community center or community organizations. Check out the American Red Cross babysitter's training for teens. Downloadable babysitting resources are also available on their website.

Though anyone who has babysitting skills from experience like moms can skip formal training, it would be helpful to look through the following babysitting skills that are necessary for the job.

1. Child Care

Know the different ways to care for the child of different age levels. Taking care of an infant is different from that of toddlers or even older children. Basic child care is a necessary skill. A babysitter needs to know certain skills depending on the child's age level. Some skills for caring an infant include like how to hold a baby and how to change the diaper. For toddlers and older children, one needs to learn how to implement a structure/schedule including meal times, nap times and play times; how to bathe, how to feed a child, etc.

2. Child Safety

A babysitter are held responsible for the child's safety while he or she is under her care. So, it is a must that a babysitter knows what to do for special cases like when the child has asthma attack or when the child is choking. Be sure to know know the parents' contact numbers and emergency numbers. Know where important items are like the first aid kit or the child's medications if any. And remember to never leave young kids unattended.

3. Balancing Fun and Rules

Aside from the child care and safety considerations, parents would love to have their children be with a babysitter they can have fun with. So, it would be good if the babysitter would take the time to know what the particular child likes to do and play. In addition, choose age-appropriate games and activities. If the parents would permit, you can also take the child outdoors - in the yard, to the park or community playground to have some fun and free exercise.TV programs, computer and/or online games are also allowed pending the parent's instructions.

Remember, although the child would love it if they could get away with what they love and have fun to do, a babysitter should never give in to everything they like. Know what the house rules are and implement them. The parents would appreciate it if their children learn proper discipline and obedience to rules. This is where being a good role model and exercising leadership skills come into play.

The American Red Cross offers Babysitting Training Classes

Special instructions for babysitter. Image by Amberdegrace.
Special instructions for babysitter. Image by Amberdegrace. | Source

How to find Babysitting Jobs

Before you go out and find a babysitting job, here are some things you may need to guide you in your search for a babysitting job.

1. Ask yourself

  • What type of child would you like to care for? Choose either an infant, toddler or older children depending on your skill and comfort level. Don't accept jobs which you think you cannot handle.
  • Would you be staying in the child's house or the child will be dropped off in your place? If you would be going to the child's house, know how you will get to and from the place. In this arrangement, it would be more convenient for the child because she or he is staying in his zone of comfort. If the child will be dropped off in your place, then you would need to prepare you home. You need to provide enough space and the necessary things like toys, first aid kit, etc. Be prepared as well for probable more clean-up work afterward.
  • How much would your babysitting rates be? This depends on a number of factors like location, your experience, age and number of children, time of the day (day or night), number of hours and special requirements. Babysitting rates usually ranges from $8-$12 per hour. For your specific conditions, you may use this babysitting rate calculator how much you can charge.

2, Prepare a simple resume or flyer.

You can put together a simple resume or flyer where you can include

  • whether your underwent a babysitting training class and/or a first aid course
  • babysitting experience like when you took care your younger siblings or a neighbor's kid
  • other skills like knows how to drive
  • babysitting rates and availability
  • and, of course, your contact information

You can find a babysitting flyer sample and you can also make one from this site for free.

3. Market yourself.

Spread the word to family and friends in your neighborhood or in church that you would like to find a babysitting job. Ask any babysitting friends if they know of anyone looking for a babysitter. You can also advertise using the flyers you made and put them in the mailboxes or doorsteps of your neighbors and post them in your community or supermarket bulletin board. If you're a teen, ask permission from your parents first and refrain from putting personal details like your full name or address.

4. Prepare a list of questions to ask the parents.

When you get a call for interview by a prospective child's parents, don't forget to be ready with your set of questions. Ask them the questions in case they have not been mentioned while they are interviewing you. Your questions might include:

  • How many hours would the babysitting be? What time will it start and end?
  • How many children will there be? what ages?
  • What do the parents would like you to do? any special instructions?
  • Know about other things you should be concerned about - pool, pets and house rules, medical conditions.

Use these questions as a guide whether you would accept the job or not. Again, if you're a teen, ask your parents about it first.

I hope this simple How to be a Babysitter guide will help you find a babysitting job. And always remember to do your best, be on time, be responsible and you will gain the trust of the parents of the children you babysit.


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    • GDRshop profile image

      GDRshop 6 years ago

      Nice post !

    • Chin chin profile image

      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      @alocsin, well, if you will be getting a babysitter someday, these are good questions to ask yourself, too.

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      @Danette Watt, the Red Cross indeed is doing a great job providing this type of training. At least, it promotes more safety in babysitting.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not that I would ever babysit, but these are great questions to ask any potential babysitter. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I've noticed the Red Cross has offered babysitting classes where I live and I think that's a great idea. It gives teens some good training and parents more confidence in the teen's ability to handle different situations. Voted up and useful.

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you very much Denise.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome hub, Chin Chin. Great start! Voted up and interesting / useful also.

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Simone. I think the teens are really looking for ways to earn part time and babysitting is able to fill in the needed cash. I am glad that the American Red Cross is training teens in babysitting.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Great, GREAT advice, Chin chin! I'm so glad you plugged the American Red Cross babysitter's training for teens, because it made a huge difference for me.

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      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      DonnaCosmato and annmackiemiller, thanks for the compliments.

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      Donna Cosmato 6 years ago from USA

      Great hub! Nicely laid out and it contains everything someone would need to know to do this job. Voted up!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      what a comprohensive guide! well done - voted up, useful and awesome