Babysitter and Nanny Orientation Checklist
- Walk through the entire house explaining how to exit locked doors or which areas of the house are off limits to children.
- Share the hiding place of a extra key in the event they get locked out of the house with your child.
- Explain how the major appliances work.
- Make sure they know how to dial a beeper number.
- Show the location of circuit break, fire extinguishers, and first aid box.
- Demonstrate the fire escape route.
- Discuss rules which you expect to be followed
- Discuss any alarm systems and how they work. Don't forget to give code words in the event of an accidental alarm.
- Give a tour of the kitchen pointing out favorite foods, pet foods and any avoidables which might trigger allergies.
- Explain what medications should be given and where they are kept.
- Remind sitter about drowning precautions such as bath tubs, toilets and sinks.
- Introduce sitter to neighbors or friends you can depend on to keep an eye on things while you are away.
- Make sure sitter knows address and phone number of your house in the event of a call to 911.
- Discuss clearly her responsibilities
- If there are any household chores which she will perform, demonstrate how you feel they should be done.
- Discuss what privileges you wish to extend to her such as foods she can eat, cars she can drive, phone calls she can make or not make.
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