What does a Babysitter do?
Babysitters usually work on a part-time basis to make sure that a child is entertained and safe when their parents or guardians aren’t available. Babysitters can specialize in a particular age group, such as infants, or they can look after children of all ages. They prepare activities such as crafts, games or lessons that appeal to each child’s interests and developmental level. Their job is to watch over a child or group of children, provide the first response in even of an accident and keep the children happy and entertained.
Babysitter skills and qualifications
Babysitters use a variety of soft skills and caregiving knowledge to provide the best childcare services they can. These skills and qualifications can include:
- Cheerful, friendly personality
- Ability to build a rapport with children with varying personality types
- Good problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
- Patience and empathy
- Organization and time management skills in order to multitask and keep children on set schedules
- Familiarity with specialized childcare best practices, including infant care and care for children with special needs or disabilities
- A clean criminal and driving record
- A valid driver’s license
Babysitter salary expectations
A Babysitter makes an average of $16.50 per hour. Pay rate may depend on the level of experience, education and geographical location.
Babysitter education and training requirements
Many Babysitter candidates may be high school or college students with in-progress or completed education in their background. Other candidates may have completed undergraduate education in fields including education, nursing or another discipline. It is also common and often required for Babysitters to also have previous training and certification in child safety, such as CPR and first aid.
Babysitter experience requirements
Entry-level Babysitter candidates may have previous volunteer or personal experience caring for children, such as watching after siblings or younger family members and neighbors. Other candidates may have unpaid experience babysitting or assisting with supervised activities for children as part of a community service program or involvement with a religious organization. Some Babysitter candidates may have previous professional experience as a Babysitter or Nanny. Other experience may include working as a Child Care Worker, Camp Counselor, Sports Coach, Teacher or Tutor.
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