GUIDE FOR BABYSITTERS, NANNY, NANNIES in
CHILDCARE for BABIES, INFANTS and CHILDREN
When you babysit, you are entrusted
with a child's life. Your primary responsibility is to care for the children's
needs and keep them safe. Below are the guidelines that babysitters/nannies
should follow during childcare:
Have the following information
written down and readily accessible in the event of an emergency: Family name,
children's names, house address, parents' contacts, phone number(s) of close
relatives and neighbors, doctor's name and phone number.
In the event of an emergency: Call
999: identify yourself by name, tell them you are babysitting and state the
problem. State the address of the house where you are babysitting and the
phone number you are calling from.
Get written instructions about any
medicines to be given to the children, babies or infants.
As a nanny, having visitors while
babysitting is a bad policy. Always get approval if you would like to have a
visitor during childcare.
Check the house for any special
locks, windows that cannot be climbed out of, other telephones and anything
all that would be a problem in case of an emergency.
Check for hazards and things that
the children can get into in the house, such as matches, lighter fluid,
electric cords, plastic bags, medication, or anything else that may be
Have a mental fire drill: plan on
more ways than one to get yourself and the children out of the house in case
Find out if you are to give the
children anything to eat or drink before bed.
Ensure all the doors and windows are
locked from the inside, and lock the front door after the parents
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE PARENTS LEAVE
Turn on the
porch/outside light in the evening before leaving.
Check on the
sleeping children about every 15 minutes during childcare.
If the children are
up, know their location at all times and never leave them alone too long.
TAKE THE CHILDREN
WITH YOU if you need to leave the house!
As a nanny, DO NOT
open the door for anyone unless you personally know the person.
Call the police at
999 if a stranger insists on coming into the house.
IN CASE OF FIRE
Sound the alarm -- yell FIRE as loud
If possible, close the door to the
area where the fire is.
DO NOT attempt to extinguish the
fire, but rather attempt to save a life.
Get everyone (children, babies and
infants) out of the house, and do not go back in for any reason.
Keep all the children, babies and
infants together, and go to the approved neighbors's home.
Call the Fire Department at 995 and
leave the children with the neighbors, then go back outside to direct the fire
fighters to the fire if you need to.
Well-prepared babysitters and nannies
will be highly respected and greatly appreciated by parents.