Choosing a babysitter

If you're looking for a babysitter, there are some important things you need to consider.  Children can’t be left alone until they’re 14 years old.  Until then you need to leave them with a person you trust who is 14 and over.  The person you choose to look after your child needs to have experience and maturity.  Here’s what you need to know about babysitting

  1. Choose someone you know.  If this is not possible, choose a babysitter and then talk to the parents of other children they have looked after.  

  2. Try to meet the babysitter before you leave them alone with your child so you can get to know each other.  You need to be clear about what you expect from the babysitter.

Babysitting checklist

The babysitter will need to know:

  • how to get to your house and return home safely

  • where to find what they need, such as nappies, clothes and food

  • if your child has any special needs

  • how often to check your child when they are asleep

  • what to do in an emergency, or if your child cries or is ill

  • how to contact another adult if they can’t reach you, and which neighbours could help

  • not to invite any friends over, or open the door to strangers

  • how to keep safe.

Read more about The Babysitting Certificate a qualification offered by Plunket Education in Schools.

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