It is very difficult to leave your children alone with a babysitter for the first time as you are afraid they won’t do things the way you do. Relax and ease you mind. Leave your child with someone whom you trust and rely. Make sure that they have all the information and instruction that they should need in the event something happens.
An emergency number list for yourself as well as for babysitters is very important. You can either laminate, frame or just post it up somewhere in your home, which make it easy to get to in the event of an emergency.
The following are some things you should have on your sheet but feel free to personalize your sheet with information that is specific to your family needs.
- Where you are going and where You can be reached i.e. the location…movie theater, restaurant, etc
- Your Address and Phone Number for Location
- The time you are expected to be returning home
- Name, phone number and relationship with your child, who can be called if there is an emergency and you are unable to be reached- In case of an emergency the sitter should know the following information:
- Your Home Address
- Name of Subdivision (if applicable):
- The Closest Intersection or Main Street in case Emergency Personnel ask
- Name of reliable and good friend Neighbor that can be contacted for help
- Child’s Doctors Name, Phone, Office Location, Directions to Doctors Office
- Directions to the Nearest Hospital
- The Emergency Room Number to the Nearest Hospital
- Provider of the Child’s Insurance, Group #, Policy ID#:
Always have the following emergency phone numbers posted
- 911 or the local emergency number
- Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
- Hospital Name and Phone
Information about your kids
- First, Middle, Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Weight (as of the date you will be having the sitter)
- Medical Conditions (if any)
- Allergies (if any)
Other Information about the kids routines
- What your babysitter should feed the child and when.
- What your child cannot eat and what he dislikes.
- Television channels which he likes.
- Things your child likes to do/play
- Things not allowed to do/play
- Bedtime Routine
All of these above things will be essential in the stressful event of an emergency. If you have prepared this list it will help ease your mind that your child is in safe and informed hands.