In order to provide high quality childcare, you need to prepare in advance. There are specific things you can do to enhance your childcare skills and make the families that hire you feel comfortable leaving you in charge of their children.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Take a first aid course. Call your local Red Cross organization and request information on the next available course so you're prepared to handle any emergency that may arise while you're providing child care (see Resources below).
Investigate local babysitting courses. Many municipal organizations like libraries and community centers routinely offer classes on how to improve your babysitting skills.
Come armed with things to entertain the kids. Bringing something new or unusual for the children to play with is a great way to distract them while their parents slip out and keep them happy and occupied. Bring sticker books or crafts that are age appropriate, and get the parents' approval beforehand.
Play with the kids. It may sound like a no-brainer, but sitting on the sofa, talking on the phone or doing your homework isn't entertaining the kids. Happy and well-cared-for kids means repeat childcare business for you.
Leave the kids and the house cleaner than you found it. No one expects you to scrub the toilets; but tidy up, do the dishes and, if needed, run the vacuum. Make sure the kids are bathed before bed and in clean clothes. You're likely to be paid more and hired more often.
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