Childcare and Babysitting

Babycare and the provision of care for older children both inside and outside the home

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What's the silliest thing you believed as a child?

I think I made it to high school before I realized that Alaska is not geographically located next to Hawaii. I always assumed they were next-door neighbors like they are on every U.S. map. ::facepalm::

Why do you want to work in a child care center?

I want desperately to never be forced to work in a child care center.

With questions like this, you really need to answer them with your own thoughts and feelings. There isn't a "right" answer.

How do you choose a day care center?

Check out the Daycare center any or all of the ways mentioned below. Pay them a visit any time of the day and see if the activity going on looks like it should. (I once walked all the way through a daycare during naptime without being noticed!) Finally, leave your child there for a couple of hours before signing up. If s/he is returned to you with other children's bottles, etc. or is especially fussy, then it might not be the right place for him/her. Here is advice: * "Begin looking at daycare centers ASAP. Get onto lists early (we submitted as soon as we had a confirmed pregnancy. It varies by country/state/city but if you're on the list early it removes a stress. Funny thing - I was skulking around centres, checking them out, before we even announced we were trying (let alone successful :-)) and we were worried about getting caught by somebody we knew :-). Both of you check out a set and make a shortlist. Revisit the shortlisted ones * "I'd suggest checking your options early. Recommendation: 'What to Expect the First Year' has a section on just this topic, including how the father gets involved. Check it out." * There is a new program that rates the day care centers by stars. Its called the 4 STARS program the more stars that the center has the better. * I'm not sure about all states, but when I lived in NE, we could call our local Social Services office and they would give an 800 number to call in the state capital. When you called, you could give them the name and address of a day care, and they would send what were called "Compliance Request Forms". These were the forms the state inspectors filled out when they visited daycares. These forms would list any exceptions found, complaints lodged, etc. They were very helpful and I would only take my child to a center that got high percentages when inspected. It's not a guarantee of care, but it's great at eliminating those that you shouldn't be considering. You can also ask the center if you can review their copies. A good one will not have any qualms about sharing them with you. One that I used posted their results for the parents. * I have worked in daycare in VA and this is true here also. You are entitled to see past records of inspections. These will show all 216 (or so) regulations they check and whether the center passed or failed. A good daycare will allow you to drop by unannounced whenever you want, to observe whatever you want, will not allow anyone not listed in the file to pick up your child (and then they will need to see photo ID to confirm), will call you when you child is ill ( this also means that they will follow the laws about ill children and will not allow your children to stay or come back the next day if they have had a fever, etc), makes sure the teachers have over 6 months of actual experience in daycare before allowing them alone with children (some things you can't learn from college :), has bleach water for sterilizing that they check to make sure it isn't too weak or too strong, send home notes every day on what your child did, does not allow a child to eat choking hazards (even if you packed them in the lunch), does not allow your child to eat any foods you have not okay'd, and in general follows these guildlines: 1-(most important)-Child is safe all day. 2-(fairly important)-Child is generally happy. Sometimes this means making your child sad (time-out, no cookies until you finish your sandwich) to ensure a larger good though. 3-(semi-important)-Child learns something. You cannot stop a pre-school age child from learning. It is what they learn you have some control over. If your school is not succeeding at teaching your child to use the potty or count to 20, but it is a safe, friendly, cheerful environment where your child has friends, it is a great school anyway. You child will go to school from 5-18, they deserve the chance to learn to be kids. If they learn their ABC's while they are at it even better, but if not, don't worry. They will learn them if you expose them to it at home. * One of the BEST ways is by "Word of mouth"- speak to anyone you know in your area that uses daycae. Base your choice on; convieniencce to your home (so you are not frazzled every day- which affects the child) ; cost- so money does not present a family problem). Keep a pencil and pencil in the car and whenever you pass a daycare, jot down the number; HOWEVER, THE MOST IMPORTANT consideration is the safety and welfare of our young children who are vulnerable After you have a small list, start calling and ask when you might be able to stop by and see the place. Be slightly vague about a time. See how they react. A good daycare should not freak out about "unannounced visits".. Go to your initial visit a little early, and see how they react. Ask them to put you on a waiting list or whatever, explain you haven't decided which one you will go with Visit all on the list in the same manner. Then I would stop by each place one more time, UNANNOUNCED. This might be a slight inconvienience to the daycare, but I'm sorry, s slight inconvienience is nothing compared to the safety of our LITTLE ONES! Ask them if they are licenced with the state and also check the state agency which issues licenses. ALSO the daycare you vist shouldn't be overcrowded, ask how many kids are enrolled there. LAST but not LEAST, trust your GUT instinct.

What do you learn in babysitting classes?

I have taken my St. John's Ambulance Babysitting course (Canadian Babysitting course) and the things we were taught were

  • Basic First Aid (ranging from chemical burns, to choking children, to basic CPR)
  • How to take care of smaller children (e.g ages 0-3)
  • How to deal with parents of children you babysit (e.g if you have issues with wages, if the parent were to put you in danger, if you feel uncomfortable with the parent)
  • In my course we went over simulations if also you were home alone

I took this course according to the 2004 protocols so things have probably changed, don't follow this to heart because all instructors and teachers are different.

Can you put out flyers in your neighborhood?

If you put out flyer's in you neighborhood be sure not to attach them to any part of the postal box, not even the post. As a postal worker I know that anything put in or attached to the postal box is to have postage paid for it. The last thing you want is the US Postal carrier collecting a sample and estimating how many were put out and you getting a letter from the Postal Service requesting the postage for your flyer's. I know it is a hassle to put them on the door, but that would be better. You also need to be sure your neighborhood does not have a no soliciting ordnance as well. Now days most neighborhoods have a local newspaper try putting an add with them. Usually for Teens they let you put in a few lines for not too much of a price. Once you checked with you neighborhood association

for any restriction then do put out your flyer's JUST DON'T PUT THEM IN OR ON OR ATTACHED TO THE U.S. POSTAL BOX.

What is the babysitting age requirement in NC?

There isn't a 'legal' age. It's pretty much whatever the parents want. That if, of course, if you are just watching kids for a family you know. However, if you want to get a job at a child care place, then it depends on the place itself

How do you become a babysitter at 11 years old?

Well, you're not exactly able to babysit yet. You have to be at least 13 or 14 years old in order to stay home alone or home alone with a child. Otherwise, advertise. Put up posters and tell family and friends.

What do you learn from babysitting?

How to be responsible. And if you're smart, you'll also realize you're not ready to have kids of your own.

How do you choose a child care center?

Here is advice reprinted from a child care FAQ in the usenet newsgroup alt.childcare:

Finding the right kind of child care takes time. If possible, begin looking a few months before your child will need care. Allow several weeks for visiting different child care centers and family day care homes.

When looking for child care, it is important to visit a child care facility when children are involved in program activities. That will give you an opportunity to see if the children like the program and how they get along with program staff. This may also give you an idea of how well the program suits your child. If you find a facility you think is suitable, try to come back for a second visit and take your child. Does your child seem comfortable there? After the visit, try to find out from your child how he or she felt about the facility.

Before you visit any child care setting, you should call and talk with the family day care provider or center director to get some basic information.

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

What time do you open and close? How much do you charge, and when are payments made? Weekly? Monthly? Does the price include meals and snacks, or do I need to bring food for my child? How many other children are in your program, and what are their ages? Are your services and fees written down in the form of a contract or service agreement?

If you are uncomfortable with the answers to any of these questions, the facility is probably not the right one for you.

When you visit the facility, there are three main things you should look for to make sure the program is the right one for you and your child. These three things are: the caregiver, the children, and the space within the facility which is used for child care.

Look at the Caregiver

Can you talk easily with the caregiver? Are you comfortable with the person? Do you feel you can trust the caregiver? Does the caregiver seem to enjoy being with the children? Is he/she really listening and responding to them? Is the caregiver able to keep up with the children, or does he/she seem overly tired? Are the children supervised at all times? How does the caregiver discipline the children? Does the caregiver use a calm voice? Does he/she speak to the children on their own level? Does the program have written policies and procedures? If so, do parents receive copies?

Look at the Children

Do the children seem to enjoy being with the caregiver? Are the children given a chance to make choices? Are they able to "explore" on their own? Do the children seem to understand and follow the program's rules and routines?

Look at the Space Used for Child Care

Is the provider's child care license or registration displayed? Is it current? Does the program area look clean and safe? Do the children wash their hands before eating and after using the toilet? Are cleaning supplies, sharp objects, medicines, and other dangerous items put away out of the children's reach? Is there enough space indoors and outdoors so all the children have room to play? Is the outdoor play area safe? Is there enough heat, light, and ventilation? Are there fire extinguishers and smoke detectors? Are all toys and materials in good condition? Are they suitable for the children's ages? Can the children reach them easily? If meals and snacks are provided by the program, are they nutritious? Are they the kinds of food you want your child to eat? In general, does the program have a safe, healthy, and happy "feel" to it? Is it a place where children can be children?

If you can answer "yes" to all these questions after your visit, you probably found the right facility for you and your child. But you also have to listen to your instincts: if you feel uncomfortable with the facility for any reason, you should look for another one.

: You also want to be at a center that will have no problem with a parent dropping in to see their child unannounced. If you have to schedule a time to come and visit your child, you have to wonder what they might be hiding if they only schedule a parent visit at a specific time.

What should you do if a baby's face turns purple?


if you only know how to do cpr on adults dont do it you could pop their lungs.

RING AN AMBULANCE!!!!!! just to be safe

Is it normal for children to begin crying after being dropped off at school after three months without crying at all when they are dropped off?

Children cry when they are distressed. They become distressed when they are frustrated in achieving what they need or want. Your children are distressed and most children are at some stage. This can happen if they are refused a treat that they would normally be able to have, or more seriously when they feel frightened and insecure.

The difficult job of a parent is to be able to ensure that a child meets and deals with necessary frustrations as part of his development, but also that he is protected from unnecessary stress, such as bullying abuse and neglect.

Difficulties at home can cause anxiety and insecurity, making separation from a parent more distressing. Also one child's distress and your attentive response may make the behaviour appear a useful attention gaining strategy for the other. Or the second child may be distressed at his brother's and I am sure, your own distress.

If you are concerned about what is happening in the Nursery School environment, insist that your concerns are addressed. A good nursery should be able to tell you more about your children's behaviour,likes and dislikes and how they get along with others.

Each child is an individual and responds differently. Teach them to express difficult feelings as well as good ones and reassure them that you accept them no matter what.

Set boundaries on behaviours by all means but expressions of distress are beyond a nursery school child's abilities

AnswerIf child begins to cry after a period of no crying it is normal. This is called reapproachment, also known as separation anxiety. The child has realized that he/she is alone and is his/her own person. This causes them to want to reconnect with their caregiver because they are afraid. All they need is refueling. This concept is Margarette Mahlers, so if you have any more questions about it, research her some more. AnswerMy two year old had been going to the same babysitter since she was born. For some reason, when she turned two she would cry every time I dropped her off. I thought the same thing - that this is normal and every kid does this. After two weeks of this my mothery instinct I guess you can call it said something was wrong. She knew the way to the sitters house and would start crying 1/2 mile before we would get there. I asked her all the normal questions like "do you get in trouble", "are the other kids bothering you", "do you like the babysitter"? To everything she said no. I pulled her out of that sitters and put her in a daycare. She cried twice and then never again. I do believe it is normal for children to cry and have separation anxiety but just remember you're the mom, you know your child the best and if instinct tells you something is wrong, switch daycares. AnswerIf a child started behaving as mentioned, I would feel that I wasn't being a good parent if I didn't investigate the possibiliy that the child was facing some form of abuse, even if only from another child. Experience has proven the accuracy of my theory. Assume nothing, and find out the facts. You owe it to your child. AnswerIt is normal if there has been a change in the house, whether big or small. The child is probably just expressing his need for his parents, which all kids do. Make sure you emphasize how much fun school is! Also, make sure you go in and speak to the teacher and see how your child interacts with other kids. If he/she doesn't make friends easily, maybe try to organize a playdate with a kid in the class on a weekend. This may ease the anxiety and make your child feel like he has an ally at school. Good luck. AnswerIf the child has been tear free for 3 months and happy, I would first suspect that something or someone at school is worrying him/her and making them unhappy. Talk to the child gently to try and find out why exactly he/she is upset now. If necessary ask the teachers if they can identify any possible causes. AnswerI remember being in first grade - I cried almost the whole day of school. My teacher would hold me in her lap and just rest me there....but i really don't know why i cried every single day. and then my mom used to walk me and my brother to school everyday and then one day she wanted us to walk by ourselves and i cried and ran home i didnt want to walk without my mom to school...i think i had or do have separation anxiety but it was just weird. AnswerI would consider what the situations are both at school and at anything happening that could create anxiety for your child? And remember, children are very intuitive and react emotionally to things that we as adults may not take much notice of. You don't mention how old your children are, but talking with them usually helps.

Legal age to babysit in Washington State?

You have to be at least 10 years old to take the Babysitting Course. In the class they learn CPR for child and infant among many other valuable lessons. As far as legally, I have heard 10 for siblings and 11 for others but I have tried to research the legal age and have not been able to find any for sure. Hope this helps.

How many kids can you watch in home without a license in nevada?

You should always contact your local Dept. of Human Resources. But I do believe it varies on the age. Example being: 18 month olds in your house. You would be able to do 8 of them per 1 adult (18yrs +) Be sure to call your local dept. just to make sure of all of the rules. This will end up being a life saver if something happens to one of the children in your home.

How much does welfare pay per child in Arizona?

I'm unsure but I know for an adult & child it's $275, you must be head of household.

How much cholesterol per day is too much?

The American Heart Association recommends less than 300 mg of cholesterol per day through food for people with no heart disease risk factors, and recommends less than 200 mg per day through food for people who have any heart disease risk factors.

Where can you find help babysitting a seven-week-old baby?

Please do an internet search on how to care properly for a baby that age. How is it you have come into the care of a 7 week old baby unaware of how to care for it in the first place?

she probably needs help...... just keep with your instincts, and KNOW all you CAN do is the best. If you need more for it...if that means CPS, 911 or whatever...DO IT!! Your child has a right to life just as much as you. Don't be afraid to ask for help...

Use the yellow pages and call daycare centers and churches to ask for suggestions.

So I am guessing she is back to work at 8 weeks like normal and need care for her baby. I like to use the local high school. Call the child development department and ask them to recommend their high achievers and they will have them call you and you can pick who is best for you and your family. I use more than one babysitter.

A bit more:

You can post notices on the bulletin boards of nursing schools for nursing students who want part time work. Nursing students have most likely had some training in emergency medical care, and often tend to be more mature. And being nursing students, they likely have that special caring quality that is crucial when tending to babies. But which ever way you go, always get references, and check them out! And with babies and toddlers, you need to be sure they are CPR certified.

If you have a four year old student who cries for 15 minutes every morning after her parents drop her off how can you get her to stop crying?

make a mailbox for her and write mom and dad on the side yave her draw pictures for them and she can tell you what she wants to write in her letter to them and you can write it she will feel much better about leaving her parents

Tax exemption for child care providers?

A individual taxpayer does not get a exemption for a child care provider.

Are you a child care provider?

Or a individual taxpayer wanting some information about the income tax credit for child and dependent care expenses?

For the credit for child and dependent care expenses go to the IRS gov web site and use the search box for Publication 503 (2009), Child and Dependent Care Expenses

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How do you get rid of a babysitter?

If you are the parent, then just don't hire her again. If you are the child, then tell your parents you don't want that particular person to babysit you and tell them why. If you have a good reason, that should work.

What is the legal age to babysit in Iowa?

You have to be at least over the age of 12. I baby sit and I'm only 13, and she is 8. As long as you are responsible you should be able to babysit

-Cheyenne Driscoll age 13 DeWitt, Iowa

What is socio-cultural practice?

Maybe someone (business etc) is trying to be politically correct and want to include all culture and social backgrounds.