Allow enough time before you go out, to explain your child’s bedtime routine – sleep time, snacks allowed, television watching, etc. Make time to show them around - they need to know where you keep bottles, nappies, first aid kit and any other items they may need whilst caring for your child. Bed time routines are a very important part of childcare. They indicate to the child that bed time is approaching and it is a time to relax.
Remember the babysitter doesn't know your children. If your child has a special favourite teddy or blanket as a comforter, please make your babysitter aware of this. If your child is a baby, it is advisable to leave an item of your clothing, which has your scent on it. This can be used to comfort your baby should the need arise.
Tell the babysitter where you are going. If possible leave a land line contact number as well as your mobile.
Leave a contact number of someone nearby who you trust, perhaps a neighbour or relative, in case the babysitter requires on the spot help urgently.
Always prepare your children during the day that a babysitter is coming. If they don't like being left it is still much better to tell them rather than sneaking off while they are playing or when they are asleep.
Always over estimate rather than under estimate what time you will be home. It is better to return early rather than leave your babysitter wondering where you are. In many cases, a short phone call informing your baby sitter will suffice if you wish to stay out longer.
If you don't want a babysitter to smoke make it clear before you leave. Non of our sitters will smoke. Also, if you are happy for them to help themselves to any refreshments, please make this clear.
Make sure you have contact details and an address for your babysitter in case one of the children is ill or upset after your return and you need to talk to them urgently.
Don't leave your children with a babysitter they don't like - take the time to find one that they get on with.
Please check that your baby sitter can get home safely. In many cases, they will have their own car. However, if they are relying on public transport, ensure the service is still running at the time you return. In some cases you may be asked to pay the additional fee of a taxi.
Myself and anyone else I recommend are experienced in childcare. I know them all personally and they are exceptionally dedicated. Where possible I will give continuity enabling your child/children to gain confidence and trust in them.