Do you have in childcare? Are you looking to start babysitting or nannying? Doing either job can lead to very rewarding experiences that you will surely love and they could even start you on your future career path. There are a few steps you need to know before you can begin to become involved in childcare, but they are all easily achievable steps.
To begin in the world of childcare you are going to want to have a desire to be working with children. There is no use for you to get involved in babysitting or nannying if you aren’t going to be able to enjoy the job you are doing. So if you don’t think you would like to be around children for long periods of time, then perhaps you should think of a different career choice.
If you do have this desire then you can continue on to the next step, preparing for a childcare job. Most start up babysitting jobs are going to come from word of mouth references so it is important that you make great first impressions with your clients. An easy way to do this is to come prepared for your interview/job. Have a list of references available for the parents to call so that they can make some calls to make sure you are the right person to be watching their kids. Another great tip for making a great impression is to be personable and to maintain good eye contact. It is important that you impress the parents so that they will want to hire you to watch their kids.
Another important step, though maybe not a necessary one, is to make sure you are prepared for everything that could go wrong. What I mean by this is that it would be a really great idea for you to get CPR and first aid certified. Having this certification is going to better prepare you for situations that may come up during a babysitting job. It will also lessen a parent’s worry about whether or not you would be able to handle yourself in an emergency. If the parent’s have peace of mind in your skills in an emergency, they are going to be more likely to hire you.
Once you have gotten a babysitting job there are few steps you are going to need to do as well. First of all when you arrive at your job make sure that you find out all the important information. Ask where the emergency numbers are located as well as get the numbers of where the parent’s can be reached. Also make sure you ask about any medications or allergies that the children may have so that you are aware of what kinds of foods and activities that can have and do. Also be sure to ask what the house rules are. It is important to know how much TV the children can watch, when their bedtimes are, what snacks they can have, etc. Asking this information will help a parent know that they made a good choice with hiring you as the childcare provider for their kids.
Another great thing to do is to plan out the time you will have with the children. Knowing age appropriate games and activities will help you have a successful time babysitting. Different ages of kids enjoy different activities so always be sure that what you are doing with them is age appropriate. Make sure that no matter what you plan on doing with the kids is safe and parentally approved.
Childcare jobs can be very rewarding, especially if you take the time to prepare yourself for the job. Babysitting can be a great gateway into a career with childcare, so it’s a great place to start out!