I'm getting ready to start babysitting in a few weeks.  This is the first time i've babysat someone for money other than my sister, full time.  I would like to know if any of you filled out paperwork for your babysitter.  Like, my friend is a babysitter and she has them fill out a payment agreement where it says how much she's going to get paid and when.  And also, a likes/dislikes page that also, gives her "guardianship" in case she needs to take them to the hospital or anything like that.  I just want to know if any of you have had to do this, and what types of things should I include?

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justl...
Mar. 5, 2007 at 4:21 PM

I didn't do that, but it's a good idea. It's important to know how they want you to handle emergency situations, discipline, any allergies food or otherwise, and the schedule they have their child on. I just talked that stuff out with the parents of the boy i sit for, but it's always a good idea to get things in writing so there's no mix up later.

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carso...
Mar. 5, 2007 at 4:22 PM

I went through this when I first put my son into an in home child care.  The lady is a friend of the family, and only keeps my son and her two children, but I wanted it to be a professional as possible, so I looked up everything I could think of.  Three sites that helped me ALOT were : http://www.supportingproviders.com/childcareforms3.htm

http://www.stepbystepcc.com/forms.html

http://www.angelfire.com/dc/childsplay/Forms2.htm

I also created my own "daily chart" I wanted something easy to fill out, that was cute, and would look very neat.  Good luck!! 

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hawai...
Mar. 5, 2007 at 4:23 PM

I have done this for those who have babysat for me.  When I bring them in for an interview, and I accept them to babysit for me, I have a separate packet they fill out and bring back to me (or on the spot if they have the time).  I only do this after I watch them interact with my children for 30-45 minutes. 

In the packet is a payment agreement, which we did agree upon verbally, but I like in writing for both of us.  You just never know, know what I mean?  I do not allow anyone to take my kids anywhere, so if there is an emergency, there is a sheet that states to call 911 and let the ambulance know what hospital to take my children if it is life threatening.  If not, just call me on my cell immediately and we will come home right away.

I don't hire anyone without a CPR card, either.  You just never know, even if you panic - as long as you have the knowledge, you will be able to do it properly.  I usually will tell a sitter I will pay for the class to ensure they have one.  

In my opinion, by you showing up with these types of things makes it appear as you truly have their children's interest at heart, even if you do have a contract for payment.  If they look at you funny, just let them know it is for all of you to refer back to if needed and to ensure all ends are covered.

The likes/dislikes page for the children is an excellent idea.  Again, it appears as you have their children's interests at heart.  Ask about snacks, meals, games, activities, if they like art (and what kind), if the parents will allow music (and what kind - you just never know!! They may not want "My Humps" playing in the background when they come home!.  Also have another sheet for emergency numbers (three of their closest local relatives or friends they trust if you cannot get a hold of them), preferred hospital and that number and address, any allergies (food and medication), any medications that you should know about (whether you administer it or not!!  This is to ensure you give the correct info in cases of emergency!), and any escape exit plans the children are already aware of.

That is all I can think of for now. 

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