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When parents are interviewing potential babysitters or leaving your child with a sitter for the first time, Cathleen Williams, Outreach Life Support Coordinator at Children’s Hospital Colorado recommends asking the following questions:
A babysitter should be honest about their comfort level and experience with different ages, such as babies, toddlers or school-age children. Keep in mind that caring for a 5-year-old is significantly different than caring for a 5-month-old.
The amount of children might vary by babysitter’s previous experience, as well as the ages of the children.
You are looking for answers that indicate that he or she will first get the child(ren) to safety, call 911, and notify you as the parent.
In this case, you want the sitter to attempt to reach you multiple times through as many means available (such as phone call, text, email, etc.).
Only you can determine what the other acceptable alternatives are (such as the babysitter calling his or her own parent, reaching out to a back-up contact like the child’s aunt/grandma, etc.).