What Are the Requirements of a Babysitter?

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Babysitters are responsible for the overall care of children. They must ensure that kids are fed, go to sleep at an appropriate time, have adequate entertainment and complete required tasks such as homework and chores. Most importantly, they must ensure the kids' safety.

One of the most important requirements for a babysitter is to like kids. A good sitter likes to be around kids and to play with them, but she is mature enough to appropriately and promptly discipline them and set healthy boundaries. People who do not like children or who do not set appropriate boundaries for children are not well-suited to babysitting.

Babysitters must also be reliable. When parents call on a sitter for a job, they must be sure that she is prompt and available to watch their children during agreed upon times. Unreliable babysitters pose problems for parents who make plans and rely on babysitters to help them with their kids.

Babysitters should be neat and tidy and leave the home in good condition. Used dishes should be washed and put away, and toys should be returned to their appropriate spaces. Any area that has been altered should be returned to its original condition once the babysitter is finished caring for the children.

One of the most important things to consider is keeping the kids safe. Babysitters should know the basics of CPR, and they should be familiar with what to do in case of an emergency, such as a fire. Babysitters should make sure they have all of the appropriate numbers to call, such as doctors' numbers and other family members' numbers.