When you hire a new babysitter, you'll want to make sure you give them all the information they need to care for your children. The more prepared you are, the more comfortable your children will be, and the more at ease you'll feel about going out.
You and the babysitter might feel more comfortable and confident if they arrive 30 mins or even an hour before you leave so they can settle in. This will give you some time to get ready and feel less stressed about your night (or day) out. You might want to consider hiring the babysitter for an hour or two one day while you are home to get familiar with your child and house (and give you a chance to get some chores done or indulge in some me' time!)
There is a comprehensive checklist below. Go over other relevant information with the sitter, answering any questions that might arise. Most of the information a babysitter will need is likely to be the same each time you go out, so it's a good idea to have a "permanent" checklist or information sheet that you keep in a safe place or post in an accessible spot. Don't forget to change the info each time to provide details on where you are, and updated contact info!
Tell your babysitter what time you expect to be home and call or text if you are running late.
• When your babysitter arrives give them a full tour of the house. Make sure they have all the keys they need, and ensure they know how to operate the air-conditioning/heaters, alarms, TV/DVD and phones.
• Show your babysitter your children's rooms and point out any books or toys your child especially likes. Make sure there are pyjamas/clothes for bath-time and the nappy change table is well stocked (if required).
• Show your babysitter the kitchen and let them know if they are welcome to help themselves to your fridge and pantry. It is best to set aside food specifically for the babysitter so they can focus on your children and not worry about preparing their own food.
• Keep a First Aid kit in an easily accessible position and make sure the babysitter knows where it is.
The following is information you should give to your babysitter: