Babysitter Job Description Template

Babysitter sitting on the floor reading to two toddlers.

There is no job with a higher degree of responsibility and as few licensing and certification requirements as an at-home child caregiver. This can make it especially hard to select just the right individual to trust with the care of your child while you are away. Even if you work at home, shutting your office door and placing your newborn or small child into the arms of a hired babysitter for the day is a supreme act of trust.

How do you make sure you have selected the right person to protect and guide your child while you are not present? How do even begin looking for such an important person to invite into your home and the life of your family? The answer: You begin with a highly detailed babysitter job description.

The stakes are high. When a placement does not work out, it can be confusing or even upsetting for children.

The good news is there are potential babysitters to fit every need: former teachers, caregivers with special needs training, caregivers who prefer working with infants, younger and older children. Crafting an explicit job listing will help you find them. For more ideas about how to craft your job post to attract high-quality candidates, browse Monster’s babysitting job listings.

Babysitter sitting on the floor reading to two toddlers.

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[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? The more specific you are in your babysitter job description, the more likely you are to find the right caregiver.

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.

Babysitter Qualifications/Skills:

  • 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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