(Adult) Babysitter Emergency Documents
Getting time away from the kids for a romantic night on the town, a ballgame with friends, or a short vacation is often a rare and momentous occasion for parents. As exciting as these opportunities can be, leaving your kids alone with a babysitter may also be an equal source of anxiety. Although everything will probably go smoothly, providing your sitter with the proper instructions and emergency documents can help alleviate any nervousness about emergency situations, even for brand new parents.
To start, a good emergency packet for your sitter needs to have the basics. Make sure to include:
- You and your partner’s contact information – Full names, cell phone numbers, home number, and work number
- Where you’ll be heading with contact information
- Your full home address, including the cross streets
- Local emergency phone numbers for the police, fire department, poison control, hospital, and pediatrician
- Contact information for a trustworthy neighbor
- Each child’s full name and age
- A full medical checklist for each child including food allergies, illnesses, medication, potential medical problems
- Emergency items locations such as the fire extinguisher, flashlight, candles, circuit breakers, water shut off and first aid kit
- Rules the kids are expected to follow like bedtimes, friends, and chores
In order to make sure that your babysitter’s emergency documentation is complete, you’ll want to make ensure that you have a “consent to treat” form or healthcare authorization for your children. These forms will give permission for your children to be under the (adult) babysitter’s care and to act on your behalf in the event of an emergency. Many also have a place for the kid’s medical history so that all of the information is in one place. Templates of these forms as well as the checklist above are readily available to print from the internet.