Help for Babysitters
If you're just starting out as a babysitter, or if you've been working for a while but want to take your babysitting skills to the next level, then Kidsit is the perfect resource for you.
We have a growing library of helpful articles written by parents and childcare professionals that teach the finer points of babysitting for beginners right through to career caregivers.
See our Babysitting FAQs for answers to commonly asked questions about babysitting and childcare.
And be sure to visit our babysitting resources page to download printable documents to take on your sitting jobs.
Our goal at Kidsit is to help you to become the best babysitter you can be.
Read our latest articles for babysitters:
Learn why babysitting for free is a great choice, particularly as a beginner when you need to gain childcare experience and references.
Everything you need to know about babysitting kids with autism including how to prepare, effective care strategies, safety, and fun activities to enjoy together.
BE SAFE! Learn how to prepare yourself for a fire emergency and how you and the kids should handle the situation if it ever happens while babysitting.
Learn to recognize dangerous water hazards and the basic safety tips needed to keep kids safe around water while you're babysitting.
See out how much you're actually worth as a babysitter by reviewing your skills, experience, the job requirements, and where you live.
With a well stocked babysitting binder, you can focus on caregiving because you know you have everything you need.
Learn how to deal with difficult children, it will make work easier, and can also open up extra well-paying jobs that others aren’t willing to take.
Learn the most popular babysitting qualifications, what they are, why you need them, and how they can put you ahead of the competition when applying for jobs.
Learn some essential tips and strategies to bring to the bargaining table to help get you the pay rate that you deserve.
Learn how to babysit a baby by following our simple beginners guide and you’ll know what to do in no time.
Learn the different tasks and responsibilities that need doing if you're babysitting at night time including the finer art of bedtime routines.
We have the best jokes that kids love, including riddles, knock-knocks, puns, nonsense jokes, Doctor-Doctor, and even funny Dad jokes!
Give yourself the best chance in a babysitting interview by asking parents the right questions that demonstrate your experience and interest in the job.
Learn if babysitting is right for you and which simple steps you need to follow to become a successful and confident babysitter.
Strike the best balance between professional and practical by following our handy clothing tips for your next babysitting job.
Learn these 8 simple tricks to nail a successful bedtime every night! It's surprising how many of these sleeping tips are not commonly known.
How sick is too sick? Do I need to find a replacement? What are the risks of babysitting when sick? Read on for the answers.
Caring for sick children doesn't have to be difficult. Follow my 10 worry-free tips to create a fun and rewarding experience that encourages a fast recovery, and don't get sick in the process!
Learn what preschoolers need, what's important to them, effective discipline strategies, and common mistakes all babysitters should avoid.
Learn the most common responsibilities that parents expect of their babysitters and how your duties may change depending on the job requirements.
Learn the important things to keep in mind when you're babysitting a toddler, as well as 28 tips to make your job a bit easier.
Learn how to tailor your babysitting strategies and activities to the age and development stage of the children in your care.
See what traits make a good babysitter, and different things you can do to make a good impression on both parents and kids alike.
Learn what risks babysitting websites might pose, what safety checks they should have in place, and some warning signs and scams to look out for.
Learn how to deal with parents who come home late when you're babysitting, and more importantly, how to avoid running into this issue in the first place.
Learn what a legal guardian is and the rights and responsibilities a legal guardian has, and how this is different to your obligations as a babysitter.
See how much money you can make as a babysitter, how to start getting sitting jobs, and how to increase your pay once you're already working.
Learn what separation anxiety is, what it looks like, and how to help minimize the effects while you're babysitting with our 15 tips.
We cover the many reasons why babysitting might actually be the dream career you've always hoped for.
Learn how to keep kids safe during their bath, how to make bathtime fun, what items you need, and some general tips for hassle-free washing!
We explain what a babysitting license is, what different kinds of certification are available, how to get a license, and whether you can babysit without one.
We cover the best free methods of promoting your babysitting business. Our techniques can help you find real jobs and earn good money!
Create Your Own Beautiful Babysitting Flyers in 2 Minutes! Choose a Template. Customize Your Design. Download a Free Printable PDF!
Learn what babysitting references are, why they're important, who you should use as a reference, and some essential tips to put you ahead of the competition.
We look at some of the key qualities that parents look for, and you should have if you want to be a successful babysitter!
Learn when babysitters need to provide food, what kind of food preparation you might be asked to do, and whether you need to bring snacks for yourself.
We look at the key differences between babysitting from home and running a daycare, special restrictions that might apply in your area, insurance, and costs.
Learn why sleeping while you're babysitting is generally frowned upon, times when it might be okay, and six tips to help keep yourself awake while you're working.
Learn what to do before your overnight babysitting shift, tricks when eating and drinking during the night and what to do once you get home.
I'll walk you through the major steps of a babysitting interview process so you'll know how to prepare and what to expect.
65% of employers say that clothing could be a deciding factor between two otherwise equal candidates. Read our essential tips and beat the competition!
Learn the steps needed to start babysitting with no experience. Once you have some experience under your belt, you’ll be really marketable as a babysitter.
Be confident in your babysitting job interviews by preparing well. Follow our interview checklist so you never forget anything important!
Learn how to tell for yourself if you're old enough to start babysitting, and things you can do to make yourself more likely to get hired as a young babysitter.
Learn what overnight babysitting involves, what items you should bring, how to prepare, and what questions to ask parents before they leave.
Learn what to expect when babysitting on New Year's Eve, how much to charge, what to bring, and recommended nighttime babysitting activities to try.
Learn how babysitting shows leadership, how to effectively lead children, and how to develop important leadership skills through childcare work.
Learn some basic water safety tips for children, as well as what to bring to the pool and what types of games kids might want to play.
Learn what constitutes an employee and a self-employed independent contractor and see how they relate to working as a babysitter.
Read some of the common babysitting terms and phrases along with short explanations of what they mean.
Learn why babysitting can be a rewarding and profitable business, who the business is right for, and how to setup a company structure.
Learn if your babysitting situation requires you to pay taxes and what other exceptions may apply in your country.
Make the most of your downtime! Learn 10 things to do while babysitting after the kids are asleep, plus 7 things you should NEVER do!
Learn how to build meaningful relationships with the children you babysit and set the right conditions to build success in their life.
Learn why a babysitter might get insurance, what insurance the parents should have, and what insurance requirements there are for a child care center.
Learn how to communicate well with the parents, set boundaries with the children, and establish who’s in charge so the job runs smoothly.
Learn what babysitting expenses sitters are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars!
Impress future employers with a professional resume that highlights your babysitting experience. Follow our simple guide and get that job!
Try face painting on your next babysitting job and discover the pure delight and wonder that children can experience. You can be the best babysitter ever!
Read our detailed answers to the frequently asked questions by beginner babysitters.
Learn all the steps for keeping safe from the interview, to on the job childcare. Our tips include preventative measures and best practices while babysitting kids.
Men can definitely babysit, but there is a lot of stigmatism in child care. We go over the challenges male babysitters face, as well as how to overcome them.
Learn some simple tricks to make babysitting easier and more fun for both you and the kids. Sitting doesn't have to be difficult.
Learn how to be a safe babysitter by following our essential safety tips and best practices while looking after children. Safety is so important!
Take your babysitting to the next level by reading these iconic children's books that naturally lead to fun and engaging activities that kids love
Cleaning is a part of doing a good job. A good babysitter will tidy up any mess made while caring for the children. But how much cleaning is necessary?
The best way to bring your A-game is to be prepared for everything. This article will help you pack the ultimate babysitting pack.
Learn why babysitting for free is definitely a form of community service and how it can help people in the community and you.
Babysitting can definitely be considered work experience for your resume, job application, or college application. See how to list your experience...
Babysitting is most definitely a real job. Sitters get paid in real money and have real work. You can also earn more while babysitting than a lot of other jobs.
In most places, you don't need qualifications to babysit. However, parents prefer carers with a First Aid Certificate & other basic credentials. Find out what qualifications you need.
Download and print our free babysitting kit. It's packed full of useful resources to make childcare easy and fun.
205 Kids Games, Activities & Ideas to keep even the fussiest kids entertained for hours.
We’ve assembled the best apps for babysitters to help track time, schedule clients, teach and entertain kids, and even turn your phone into a baby monitor.
See all the skills that babysitting can teach you and learn why most of them are fully transferable to other occupations.
We explore the main benefits of being a babysitter to help you decide if it's the right job for you.
Babysitting Help for Parents
If you've never used a babysitter before, or if you just need help to find and secure the best sitter for your family, then Kidsit is here to help.
We have a library of useful articles that is continually added to by babysitters, childcare professionals, and fellow parents who've been through this before.
Our collective experiences and advice can help you navigate the tricky process of finding and employing a babysitter with confidence and peace of mind.
At Kidsit, we believe that babysitting is an essential service for busy families that helps kids and parents achieve the best they can be.
Read our latest articles for parents:
Finding a good babysitter isn't luck. We cover the top 15 signs of a good babysitter that you should be looking out for.
Babysitters are often afraid to speak up about some of the annoying things that parents sometimes do, try to avoid these things!
There are some things that babysitters should never do, see our list of the biggest offenders so that you know what to enforce.
Learn the places where it’s common to tip your babysitter, the times when it’s more appropriate to tip, how much you should give, and more.
Use our babysitter reference questions to quickly and easily vet potential candidates and find the best sitter for your family
We cover the best childcare options that are available to families while on vacation that both kids and parents will love.
Solve separation anxiety issues by trying our 9 handy tips and you can be leaving your child with a babysitter sooner than you think!
Learn how to hire a babysitter for New Year's Eve, what the requirements are, whether you need a backup sitter, and how much it will cost you!
Learn how long parents typically wait before hiring a babysitter, what the social norms are, and how you can ease into it to minimize any issues.
Learn how to prepare your home, your child, and yourself for your first babysitter so you can finally enjoy a dinner date or night out for the first time in months!
This guide will answer all of your questions about finding, vetting, teaching, and working with the right babysitter for your autistic child.
Read our list of common babysitting terms and phrases along with helpful definitions to help busy parents.
Learn about the pros, cons, and costs of both daycare programs and hiring a nanny, plus we investigate some alternatives to consider.
Follow our step by step guide to hiring a babysitter from start to finish including screening, interviewing, performing background checks, and making an offer.
Learn exactly what a babysitter is, what job duties they do, the hours they work, how much they charge, and how they can help your family.
Learn the types of babysitter background checks that are available for safety and peace of mind and which ones are right for you.
Learn what babysitting expenses parents are eligible for, and receive a tax credit or deduction. It can save you thousands of dollars!
Learn which qualities and characteristics a babysitter should have that make them a great caregiver your whole family will love.
Learn the warning signs of a bad babysitter so you can take action as soon as possible and keep your family safe.
Make the right choice for your family by learning the subtle differences between babysitters and nannies and their typical responsibilities.
Learn which jobs are super flexible and let you work around your existing childcare schedule and earn some extra money!
Learn how much babysitters get paid in various countries and cities, and how to price a babysitter for your specific situation.
Discover the best holiday gift for your babysitter that's not stressful or costs a lot of money but still shows them that you care.
Be aware that pulling a prank on your babysitter means you're probably going to get one in return. So make sure you can handle the consequences!
Learn some non-obvious benefits when it comes to hiring a babysitter for your child or children. We'll also touch on a few of the disadvantages to consider.
Follow our tips to make sure the interview process goes smoothly and read our general guide on how the process should work.
Learn whether a babysitter should do any cleaning as well as what types of cleaning you should and shouldn't expect them to do.
Give your babysitter all the information they need by printing out our handy parent details form. Never forget important instructions.
Learn how to fire your babysitter nicely and as smoothly as possible. As well as reasons you might fire a babysitter and reasons why you probably shouldn't.
Learn the basic laws that various countries have about recording people with or without their consent, and see the pros and cons of using a nanny cam.
Make sure your babysitter is capable, experienced, is a great fit for your family, and has a great personality too by asking the right questions.
Your best option is to reach out to family and friends for a favor. If they aren't able to help, try our list of creative alternatives.
Learn how old, mature and capable your kids need to be before you can be comfortable leaving them home without a babysitter.
The majority of families will need to hire a babysitter between once per week and 1-2 times per month but it depends on your family's individual needs.
Babysitters can take care of more than one child at once. But there is a limit on how many kids a babysitter can watch effectively.
To successfully win a lawsuit against a negligent babysitter, you'll need to prove a duty of care, a breach of their duty, and causation.
A male babysitter can be just as safe, caring, and responsible as a female one. Compare their qualifications and recommendations just like other candidates.
Learn what paperwork is required to allow your babysitter to take your child to the doctor if you’re unavailable to do so.
Learn how to choose a mature and capable babysitter that can keep your kids safe on overnight sitting jobs.
It's not normal to pay a babysitter for an interview, however, for babysitting, there's one key exception you should know.
Learn what babysitters expect from parents when it comes to food. If you decide to provide dinner, try our 8 easy food ideas that are perfect for babysitters on the job.