Make a courtesy call, sent a
text or email to confirm the date one day before (or early the day of) the
booking. Confirm the time and address.
Dress appropriately for the
job. Wear neat, casual clothing.
Arrive five minutes early.
Engage with the child
proactively - e.g., get down on his/her level and ask the child to show you
some of their favourite toys. Don't be afraid to play and have fun.
Establish a routine, so that
the children know what to expect when they are in your care (e.g., when to
bath, when to eat, when it's time to go to bed).
Bring a 'surprise' for the
child if they are awake. It doesn't need to be expensive. Just something 'special'
to act as an ice-breaker (e.g., a sticker, a print-out from a kids' website).
Leave the house as tidy as
you found it. Wash out your coffee cup, tidy up the kids' clothes, toys or
books that may have been left out. It is these small touches that count.
Check the children while
they are asleep during the evening to make sure they are okay (unless the
parents ask you not to do so.)
Write brief notes about the
events of the day or evening (e.g. "7pm drank milk, played quiet games,
read picture books, 7:30pm bedtime with no fuss. Has been sleeping
Respect the parents'
privacy. Don't enter areas of the home unless required.
Have fun being a babysitter
or nanny. Play barbies and lego and get involved in the children's games. They
will love it. Brush up on children's favourite songs, videos and pop stars.
Build a nanny network with
friends and family members who are also spending their time caring for
children. It's great to be able to share notes and get advice and ideas.
Keep calm at all times. Use
the power of distraction to help switch around a situation.
Make sure you are
well-rested and well-fed so youll have lots of energy for your babysitting or