[Intro Paragraph] Begin your babysitter job description with a concise paragraph or list of bulleted items designed to sell your workplace, in this case your home and family, to applicants. Specify how many children the babysitter will be caring for and their ages—taking care of a newborn is nothing like shuttling a teenager to and from school. Include hours and expectations.
Describe the children’s interests and needs. Be honest about special needs, health concerns, and behavioral issues. Describe your family’s lifestyle and values. Are you a fun, low-key family, or are you highly structured and intricately scheduled? Consider using the job responsibilities listed in this babysitter job description example that best match your needs:
Babysitter Job Responsibilities:
- Provides care to children inside and outside the home.
- Prepares healthy meals.
- Maintains daily schedule.
- Performs light housework.
- Leads children in fun activities.
- Keeps children’s living and play areas tidy.
- Helps with homework and tutoring as needed.
- Cares for infants, including feeding, diapering, and dressing.
- Meets the physical, social, and emotional needs of children in their care.
- Provides structure and communicates consistent behavioral expectations.
- Encourages healthy habits and hygiene, and helps with toilet training.
- Transports children, including school pickup and drop-off, play dates, and activities.
[Work Hours & Benefits] In this section you’ll want to sell the position to potential babysitters in a similar way as your first paragraph marketed your home and family to candidates. To ensure that the wage range you mention is in line with similar salaries in your region, you can use a salary tool that allows you to input job title and location. In addition, mention any benefits, such as paid holidays or bonuses, as well as any special requirement, such as whether you are seeking a babysitter who can accompany you on vacations.
- Excellent listener.
- Fun and engaging.
- Caring, compassionate, and patient.
- Skilled at developing and leading children in fun learning activities.
- Ability to help with homework.
- Second language a plus.
Education, Experience, & Licensing Requirements:
- Experience as a babysitter, nanny, teacher, or camp counselor.
- Driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Certification in first aid and child and infant CPR.
- Experience with special needs children, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) certification a plus.
- High school diploma or GED, associate’s degree in child development a plus.
- State certification in early childhood education a plus.
[Call to Action] Your job description should finish strong with a call to action that urges applicants to send you a resume along with at least three reference letters that include contact information.
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