Parental guidelines in case you need a babysitter

Whether you work full time outside the home or are simply going out for the evening, you want the best possible care for your children while you are away from them. Before you hire anyone to watch over your children, however, make sure that he or she is a mature, experienced, and capable individual who truly cares abou the welfare of children. Check all references, and make sure to observe the babysitter with your children.

Above all, ask your children about whether they like and trust the babysitter and what activities took place during your time away. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (USA) has prepared the following guidelines for parents in finding and training a babysitter and preparing your home for temporary child care. Also included here are important safety tips for you and your children.