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Babysitting Registry

Guidelines for Babysitters

Using the Babysitting Registry

  • The Babysitting Registry is made available as a convenience for NYU parents and students. The authentication process ensures that all users are active NYU faculty, staff, and students. Parents and students are encouraged to carefully consider each other and each position before agreeing to work together.
  • Students and parents can post position availability and requests for a wide variety of situations: sporadic, one time job, or a regular position with a weekly schedule.
  • Students and parents can both post and search for positions.
  • Students and parents are responsible to keep their availability and job postings up-to-date. Be aware of exam dates, school breaks and other time periods when you may not be available. If your schedule or availability changes you will want to modify or delete your profile in the Registry to avoid receiving unwanted contacts from NYU parents.
  • All profiles and jobs posted on the Babysitting Registry will be removed each semester. If you are interested in maintaining your profile you will need to re-post it each semester.
  • NYU Family Care reserves the right to remove profiles and postings from the Registry.
  • NYU Family Care will communicate with parent and student registrants each semester to seek feedback and to help keep postings up-to-date.

Becoming a Babysitter

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to interview babysitters and check references before hiring. One instance of supervised care is also recommended. These are important opportunities for you as well. Be prepared to speak about your experiences with babysitting or child care and to ask questions about the family and the children to see if you want to work for them.
  • If a parent requests a face-to-face interview with you before hiring you, it is reasonable to expect that you will be reimbursed for any bus or subway expenses. Be sure to confirm this when you schedule the meeting.
  • Before you accept a position, make sure that you ask questions and are clear about and comfortable with the expectations of the job. Confirm the number of children to be cared for, the hours needed, and the rate of pay. Babysitters are not expected to perform any housekeeping duties that are not directly related to child care.
  • Be sure to share as much information as you can with the parent including any allergies (food or pet), special needs, or other concerns. This is for your safety as well as that of the children.
  • Most babysitting positions pay between $10 and $15 per hour; the average rate is $12 per hour. The hourly rate should be discussed with the parent. Payment for babysitting should be made after each occasion.
  • Once you agree to work with the family, confirm their address and contact information. Be sure that they know the best way to reach you as well.
  • Babysitters may not bring children into the NYU dorms. It is also strongly advised that babysitters not bring or have guests while caring for children.
  • Depending upon where you live, the family may decide to provide transportation or reimbursement for transportation to and from your home. Especially after dark, it is essential that you have a safe way to get home. Asking for help in getting a taxi and as well as cab fare is appropriate.
  • If you need to become ill or an emergency arises contact the family right away. They will need time to make alternate arrangements. Babysitters who do not show up for a job and do not contact the family in advance will be removed from the registry.

Getting Oriented to the Home and Children

  • Be on time. The family is relying on you and you'll need some time to get information from the family about rules and routines and how they can be contacted.
  • Families are encouraged to spend a minimum of 15 minutes with you before leaving. This is important time for you to ask questions, be (re-)introduced to the children, become oriented to your family's home, and clarify expectations for the time you will care for their children. Likewise, it helps the children become comfortable with you as well as clear on the expectations for your time together.
  • If you will be working during meal times the family is expected to leave food or money for food for you and the children. If you are expected to prepare a meal for the child(ren), parents are encouraged to try to keep it simple and make sure all needed items are easily accessible. Although snacks during evening hours are typically available, only eat food that has been offered to you.
  • Be sure that you have access to important and necessary information, including where your client will be, how they can be reached, emergency contact information, rules and routines, etc. See Babysitter Information Sheet (PDF) or Babysitters.com for a list of what a babysitter needs to know.

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