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It’s every parent’s fear — your child getting hurt while in someone else’s care. Yet you can’t take your kids with you everywhere. There comes a time when a sitter is needed. How can you prepare your sitter for an emergency?
First, choose your sitter wisely. You want someone competent and mature enough to handle an emergency if it arises. Have the sitter meet with your child in advance. Some parents even schedule an initial brief (2-3 hours) babysitting session, and stay close by to see how it goes.
It’s important to provide your sitter with your cell phone number(s), the name of the place where you will be, and when you will return. Leave this information with your sitter in the same place every time he or she cares for your kids:
Keep this information in a place that is easily accessible, such as in your kitchen near the telephone or hanging on the refrigerator.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips for parents to help keep your child safe while in your sitter’s care:
If you are going on an extended trip, the Cleveland Clinic recommends leaving your sitter with a legalized, notarized emergency form or letter and insurance information to expedite matters in the event of an emergency.
You never want to think about something going wrong when your child is with the sitter. But with a little planning, you can feel better knowing that if an emergency happens, it will be handled properly.
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