Babysitter Checklist Arlington VA

Parents worry about leaving their children with strangers—even if it’s just a few hours one evening. Make sure that your appointed babysitter knows CPR and first aid, and always check references. Once you have found a reliable babysitter, and you and your children feel comfortable with them, follow these tips. This list will help you prepare for leaving your children with the babysitter in Arlington.

KinderCare - Ivy Street
(703) 527-2288
1227 North Ivy Street
Arlington, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 7am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

National Capital YMCA
(202) 862-9622
1711 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Hours
Mon-Fri 5:30am-10:30pm; Sat 8am-6:30pm; Sun 9am-5:30pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Kids Resources, Leagues & Teams

Five Star Nannies
(301) 300-2661
Washington, DC
Cost
Moderate
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

Washington Child Development Council
(202) 387-0002
1400 Sixteenth Street, NW,Suite 715
Washington, DC
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Cost
Free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare

Unique Home Care, Inc.
(301) 283-5058
Washington, DC
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare

Think Grow Play
(703) 880-4775
3846 King Street
Alexandria, VA
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Kids Resources

DC Luau Entertainment
(202) 243-8484
Washington, DC
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Kids Resources, Leagues & Teams

Russian Church Children's Center
(202) 491-5056
1500 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes

Huckleberry Cheesecake
(202) 467-4202
2001 M Street, NW
Washington, DC
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, with extended hours available
Cost
Expensive
Ages
0-5
Services Available
Childcare

lil omm yoga
(202) 248-6304
4830 V Street, NW
Washington, DC
Cost
$$
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Indoors, Stores

Babysitter Checklist

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Parents worry about leaving their children with strangers—even if it’s just a few hours one evening. Made sure that your appointed babysitter knows CPR and first aid, and always check references. Once you have found a reliable babysitter, and you and your children feel comfortable with them, follow these tips. This list will help you prepare for leaving your children with the babysitter, and help put your mind at ease.

General Information

It is a good idea to give the babysitter a tour of your home and point out where the fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flashlights, and other emergency supplies are kept. Leave a list with the following information for the babysitter’s reference.

  • Family name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Nearest cross street
  • Where to find house and car keys
  • Directions to the home
  • Locations of children’s medications
  • Fire and emergency instructions

Contact Information

Provide the following information in case of an emergency.

  • Mobile phone or pager number
  • Phone number of where you are going
  • Alternative emergency contact
  • Neighbor’s phone number
  • Police department
  • Fire department
  • Ambulance
  • Poison Control Center
  • Closest hospital
  • Pediatrician name and contacts

Emergency Medical Consent Form

In case of a life-threatening emergency, make sure you have an Emergency Medical Consent form—your babysitter may need this for emergency medical treatment. Include a statement giving permission to licensed physicians to treat your child at the request of the babysitter. Include information about each child as detailed below.

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Height and weight
  • Medications and dosage
  • Medical conditions and history
  • Allergies
  • Health insurance information—include the company, group, and ID numbers
  • Parent signature

House Rules and Children’s Routine

It is important for the babysitter to be familiar with the household rules and child’s daily routine. Review these with the babysitter before you leave.

  • Bedtime
  • Scheduled appointments
  • Acceptable foods
  • Favorite games
  • Permitted movies and television shows 
  • Playtime guidelines
  • Discipline philosophy         

Treat the Babysitter Well

If you have found a great babysitter, be sure to let them know how important you think they are, and reward them in a way that is appropriate for the high level of trust and responsibility that goes with the job of watching your children.

  • Favorite snacks
  • DVDs or movies of interest to watch after bedtime
  • Birthday and holiday cards
  • Drawings or crafts done by the children

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