Babysitter Checklist Waldorf MD

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 Waldorf.

KinderCare - Buckman Road
(703) 360-1045
4287 Buckman Road
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center
(703) 519-3494
1605 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors, Kids Resources

KinderCare - May Boulevard
(703) 922-6600
6318 May Boulevard
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
12-Feb
Services Available
Childcare

KinderCare - Kingstowne
(703) 924-1400
6301 Kingstowne Commons Drive
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

KinderCare - Franconia Road
(703) 922-5040
6123 Gum Street
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

KinderCare - Fordson Road
(703) 780-9099
7901 Fordson Road
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center
(703) 838-4845
1108 Jefferson Street
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-2pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

KinderCare - Grovedale
(703) 971-4845
6323 Grovedale Drive
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Childcare

Alexandria Branch YMCA
(703) 838-8085
420 East Monroe Avenue
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-10pm; Sat 7am-8pm; Sun 9am-7pm
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Childcare, Classes, Indoors

KinderCare - Telegraph Road
(703) 971-2793
7136 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm
Cost
Prices vary; see website for details
Ages
5-Jan
Services Available
Childcare

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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