A babysitter is someone who temporarily cares for children on behalf of their parents or guardians. Babysitters are generally responsible for planning activities (games, sports, art) or supervising play dates. However, some babysitters will have other responsibilities such as cooking, feeding, transportation and helping with homework. Above all, a babysitter is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the children whilst in the care of the babysitter.
The majority of babysitting jobs are considered as part-time jobs, paid by the hour, by either specific occasion or regularly scheduled (every day from 3pm to 6pm or every Saturday night, for example). Salaries for babysitters range widely depending on hours, experience and location.
You can find a babysitter by using a specialist agency (which will more than likely charge you a fee) or by advertising yourself. Babysitting agencies will often be listed on the internet.
Five essential tips for choosing a babysitter
- Interview the sitter (click here for guidance on questions to ask)
- Ask for at least two references and follow up with the referees yourself
- Follow your instincts. Don't use them if you have doubts.
- Ask friends, family and colleagues if they can recommend any babysitters or agencies that they regularly use
- Will the sitter be prepared to act in the case of an emergency (first aid and infant CPR)?
Babysitters are not registered with Ofsted; however, they can be registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register if they meet the requirements. More information is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk
"The Family Information Service (FIS) have not vetted any agencies and inclusion on this website does not constitute a recommendation. Babysitters are not registered with Ofsted; however, they can be registered on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register if they meet the requirements. More information is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk Parents must take care to check credentials of potential Babysitters.
There are useful tips on making a safe choice visit the Metropolitan Police Service website.
Please note that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea takes no responsibility for content of external websites”.
Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea
Babysitters of Kensington & Chelsea was founded in 2011 by Kensington resident, Anna Cameron. They specialise in providing an easy way for parents across West and South West London to book a reliable, experienced and caring babysitter. The babysitters listed with the agency have all completed a strict registration process and parents and guardians can book babysitters online, eliminating the need for cash. The agency charge a flat rate per hour with no hidden registration, subscription or booking fees.
To find a babysitter in Kensington and Chelsea please refer to the agency 'Babysitters of Kensington and Chelsea' you can also contact them via telephone or email.