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Many young people are looking for occasional work that will help them to earn a little extra spending money. Babysitter jobs are a perfect way to do this, because they often don't take a lot of time and hence are easy to do after school. Pay varies by family and by local average, but you may hope to make around $5 an hour.
There are few things that anyone who is considering looking for babysitter jobs should know. These will not only help you to find a job more quickly, but also help it to be more successful and easier for you.
There is no national age requirement for babysitter jobs unfortunately, but some states have requirements. Before looking for a babysitting job, it is a good idea to check your own state laws first, because there is no point in trying to find a family to babysit for if you are too young.
Aside from the state laws there are some things that you should consider. Most people would not pay a person to look after their children if they were under thirteen years old. Frequently, people will consider a child of twelve to be old enough to look after a brother or sister, and this may be ok if the child is mature enough. However, when it comes to looking after someone else's children, they often want someone a little older.
As well as looking at your age, they will also be looking at your level of maturity. Are you able to look after smaller children, and do you yourself behave-or will you play up right alongside the children and mess up someone's house?
You also need to know that you can cope in a crisis. If something were to go wrong when you are in charge of someone else's children, will you keep your wits about you? Will you know what help to call for-be it the emergency services or else calling for the children's parents to come home? When taking your first babysitting job it is important to discuss who to call with the parents.
There are no qualifications that are required by law in order to allow a you to babysit for other people's children, but there are a couple that may help you to feel confident that you can keep the children safe. There are a number of babysitter courses that help to train young people (often starting as young as eleven years old) to care for small children and infants. They are run by organizations such as the Red Cross, and may be available for free or for a low cost.
Additionally, a first aid course is likely to be of benefit. Anyone who is looking after young children is likely to see skinned knees, bumped heads, and may even have to deal with something more serious such as a child who is choking. While it is reasonable to expect that you as the babysitter will work to prevent most accidents, it is not possible to wrap a child in cotton wool. A first aid course can teach you how to help the child in the event of an accident.
First aid courses to prepare youngsters for babysitting jobs are offered by the Red Cross, as well as some schools and other organizations. These courses may be relatively superficial or may go into more detail, but will be enough to allow you as a babysitter to support the child if it is needed.
Being able to drive isn't essential in order to take babysitting jobs, but it is useful and can increase your chances of being chosen by families. Many parents feel more comfortable knowing that if something went wrong at home-if there were an emergency-that you would be able to drive the children to an emergency room. If you cannot drive or are too young to drive, then it can help you to make sure that your own parents are available to drive you and the children if needed.
It also benefits parents who want someone for after school babysitting jobs. Being able to drive means that you can pick the children up from school, or drop them off at other activities.
Depending on what time of day your babysitter jobs are, you may not even see them. They may be in bed, and stay in bed the whole time. However, if they get out of bed you may need to help them-fetch a drink, or comfort them if they have a nightmare.
When you have daytime babysitter jobs, you will have to interact with the children. You might end up playing with them in the yard, or doing a project with them. It is likely that the parents will be able to guide you as to what to do.
Once you decide that you want to be a babysitter, it helps to put word out. Let parents that you know that you are looking for a babysitting job if they know of anyone who needs the services of someone like you. Start to watch the way that you talk and act around other parents-make it known that you are the kind of mature youngster who is perfect to be a babysitter. You can also check your local newspaper, and your grocery store notices boards as many people advertise there.
Babysitting jobs are generally best suited for young people, looking to make some extra spending money. They work well too for college kids who aren't able to hold down a long term part time job because of school work commitments, but they tend not to work for people who need to make a full time income.
If you want to make a living out of babysitter jobs, you might want to consider opening an at home daycare service. This will require training in order for you to be able to gain a license to operate the daycare, but it can be an incredibly rewarding career.
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