Babysitting is not so much a career choice as a starting block – but that is not to say it is not a valuable option, especially for someone interested in a future in child care.

Good experience in babysitting can open doors to child minding, day care center, nanny… even teaching if you are still studying.

Babysitting is also a good choice for someone looking for a supplementary income during university studies or to support part time career development/apprenticeships.

Years ago, parents chose a babysitter who was a friend’s older child or a responsible neighbor. These days it is a bit more complicated.

Many mums now will advertise for a babysitter and hold their own interviews and selection process, so you need to make sure you have  some relevant skills and experience. Some parents may even be prepared to fund a DBS check to ensure their baby’s safety, so a clean record is essential.

Most babysitting opportunities are for part time work, taking care of a child or children while the parent is unavailable in the evenings or weekends.

You must be able to prove you are flexible and reliable, that you have some experience with taking care of a young child, that you are caring, warm and nurturing, and that you will follow the parent’s directions on routines and discipline.

Your Resume does not have to be overly professional, nor does it need to list a comprehensive work history (chances are a lot of babysitters will not have this yet) but it does need to be genuine and include relevant skills.

If you want to give yourself a head start in the babysitting circle, then some basic training courses in child care and infant first aid would be a great advantage.


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Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order.
Organize and lead activities designed to promote physical, mental, and social development, such as games, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and field trips.
Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, and social skills.
Observe and evaluate children's performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers.
Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate, and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
Assimilate arriving children to the school environment by greeting them, helping them remove outerwear, and selecting activities of interest to them.
Serve meals and snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
Teach proper eating habits and personal hygiene.
Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
Enforce all administration policies and rules governing students.
Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to children.
Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs and interests.
Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
Arrange indoor and outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, and safety.
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
Demonstrate activities to children.
Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their ages and perceptual skills.
Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of preschool programs.
Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guests, or other experiential activities and guide students in learning from those activities.
Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, and potential.
Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
Perform administrative duties, such as hall and cafeteria monitoring and bus loading and unloading.
Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.


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