Many people get their first job experience as a nanny. This guide will teach you how to get a babysitting job.
Step 1. Be experienced in caring for children, or get a referral from someone who thinks you can do well
Your experience might even be looking at a younger sibling, or helping out at a day care center.
Step 2. Ask relatives, friends or parents of peers if they know of anyone who needs a babysitter
Step 3. Know the value of the day
Determine how much you want to charge, how many children you can take care of, and how much time you can take care of. Discuss payment with parents if the price is too high.
Step 4. Advertise
Nobody will reach you if you don't advertise! Go around the neighborhood and look for people who have children. Tell them you can take care of them if they need help. You can also make small business cards and hand out to churches, schools and neighborhoods for anyone who needs help with children! Tell them about yourself. Place ads, distribute flyers and put up posters to publicize.
Step 5. Arrange to meet someone who needs a babysitter
You should find out how many children you will have to take care of, what their pay will be, know emergency numbers and other safety issues. Besides, you should know how you're going to get there and how you're going to get home!
Step 6. Ask them to recommend you to others
After you do the work, ask these parents to tell others about you. So many people will know you can help!
- Arrive a few minutes early for every job, especially on the first day; you'll want to know about the house (the locks, alarms, etc) and get to know the kids. But don't be too early!
- Talk to parents to find out about bedtime, fun ideas, snacks, and extra responsibilities.
- Find out how you're going to get home. Will your parents pick you up? Will you walk back? If not, make sure you feel safe with your parents before they take you home. If they've been drinking all night, it would be a good idea to call your house and see if your parents can pick you up.
- If you know someone who might be a potential nanny client, remember to be social with the parents.
- Bring your own toys when you go babysitting, call it a surprise bag. Children love surprises. Also bring a mini first aid kit, an address book and craft supplies.
- If you're babysitting girls, they might love getting their nails done, or you can show them how to make friendship bracelets if they're old enough.
- Asking questions is ALWAYS a good idea. The more you ask, the better. This will make parents feel safe after leaving you with the kids when they're sure you know exactly what to do.
- Take a course: the chances of getting a certificate will help you get more work.
- Try to spread the word around. Flyers in mailboxes work!
- Log on to a site such as http://www.care.com/, https://www.sittercity.com/, or http://www.babysitters.com/. Many parents look for nannies around.
- Try to find out what kids like to do like ps3 or Xbox to keep them entertained or sports like football or rugby.
- Never leave children unattended.
- Do not take a babysitting job if you are not comfortable with your family or any of the children. Since you are your own boss, you can decide who to work with.
- Never use any form of physical discipline on children you care for.
- If you think a child is being abused or neglected, tell an adult you trust, such as a parent.
- Ask the children's parents if it's okay to use their belongings.
- Get to know the family before accepting the job.
- Do not advertise for nanny without your parent's permission. A good combination to make if you want to use flyers would be: every time you get a new customer, your parent/parent should come with you the first time to meet the family and check on the parents. If not, it's probably better to use other means.