How old does a child have to be to babysit in PA?
Pennsylvania law does not have a minimum age requirement for babysitting. Discretion is up to the parents and maturity and responsibility levels should be taken into consideration.
Can an almost 12 year old babysit a 9year old a 6 year old and a 4 year old sibling If she has lots of experience?
A thirteen year old CAN babysit. The question is can they babysit well. The answer can vary from thirteen year old, some are responsible, some are as irresponsible as the child who needs babysitting. They need to have a talk with an adult first to make sure they are ready. I was babysitting when I was ten, but then again, I was a very mature child.
Of course this is fully legal. What might be a problem, however, is that most probably the babysitter needs to be a bit older than this... The children she looks after might not listen to someone who is nearly their age, and if the child is still an infant, an eleven year old might not be able to take care for it. What if a youngsters starts crying, and the 11yr old starts to panic…
According to CPS (child protective services), the legal "latchkey" age for children to be home alone during daylight/business hours is as young as 8 years old. The legal age for a child to babysit his/her own siblings during any time, but not overnight, is 11 years old. The legal age for a child to babysit children who are not siblings is 12 years old.