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Writing Effective Babysitter Job Descriptions: Examples and Tips

Michael Francis
May 24, 2018

Creating an informative, concise babysitter job description is the key to finding the best candidates for the job.

A good babysitter job description should be informative and specific, with clearly defined expectations, qualifications, and duties. Remember, this information is what will generate a list of potential caregivers. By putting a little extra thought and effort into this step, you’ll attract qualified candidates and have a better pool of applicants from which to choose. We’ve come up with some simple guidelines that will help you write a better, more effective babysitter job description and ensure that the hiring process is as easy as possible.

Babysitter Job Title

The babysitter job description title can convey plenty of information about what you’re looking for in a potential babysitter. An effective title should include a general term, the level of experience you want in a candidate, and any special requirements you have for the position.

By using a general term, like “Babysitter” or “Nanny,” you’ll increase the likelihood that your job description will show up in job searches. Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations in the babysitter job title. Remember, you want it to be clear and concise, so potential candidates know your expectations upfront.

Examples of strong babysitter job titles include:

  • Babysitter (or Nanny, depending on the position you’re hoping to fill)
  • Babysitter, 5+ Years' Experience
  • Babysitter, Experience With Infants
  • Babysitter, First-Aid Certification Required
  • Babysitter, Experience Working With Children With Special Needs
How to Write a More Effective Babysitter Job Description
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Babysitter Job Summary

The summary should include basic information about your expectations, the duties a potential babysitter will be required to perform, and an overview of your family and the child/children the babysitter will look after. If there are responsibilities that fall outside of the general duties one expects from a babysitter, the summary is a good place to outline them.

For example, if you’re looking for a babysitter who will be driving with the children, make sure to put that in the summary. Potential candidates should be able to discern from the summary whether they’re qualified for the position.

A good example of a strong, descriptive babysitter job summary will look like this:

Our family is looking for an experienced part-time babysitter for our two children, ages 4 and 7. The position is Monday–Friday, for three hours each afternoon. Applicants will be required to pick up both kids from the same school at 2:30 p.m. every day, then return home and stay with them until 5:30 p.m. The babysitter will be expected to provide a light snack in the afternoon, engage in appropriate playtime activities, and help our older child with homework. The position has the potential for some night or weekend work, but it is not a requirement.

Babysitter Job Responsibilities and Duties

This section of the job description should cover exactly what the babysitter will be doing during their time with your kids. It’s important to be as detailed as possible, to eliminate any uncertainty about your expectations. The responsibilities and duties portion is the most important aspect of the babysitter job description, and should give potential candidates all the information they need to decide whether they’re interested in and qualified to perform the job.

When writing this portion of the babysitter job description, make sure to include all the responsibilities and duties you expect the babysitter to handle. Again, be as detailed as possible:

  • Pick up both children from school at 2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday and bring them home.
  • Clean out backpacks, setting aside any documents or items requiring our attention.
  • Prepare a light snack for both kids, using items in the refrigerator and/or pantry. Light cleanup after snack time is appreciated, but housekeeping is not required.
  • After snack time, review daily homework assignment with our 7-year-old, assisting as needed. During homework time, our 4-year-old can watch one TV program from the list provided.
  • Once homework is finished, engage both children in fun, age-appropriate games for the remainder of the afternoon. They enjoy puzzles, crafts, and storytime. No TV or screen time during playtime. 
  • Communicate with parents once you’ve arrived home with the kids, and anytime an issue arises that was not communicated to you by one of us prior to picking them up.

Babysitter Job Qualifications and Skills

In the final section of your babysitter job description, you’ll want to list the qualifications and skills required of candidates. As with the responsibilities and duties section, being specific and detailed is incredibly important. If there are certain things that are nonnegotiable to you, this is the place to list them.

For example, if you’re looking for a babysitter who will be driving with your kids, then you’ll likely want to clarify that all candidates must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and a clean driving record. It’s acceptable to list personality traits your ideal candidate must possess (such as patience), but try to keep your list concise and to the point. A long list of requirements could potentially turn off qualified candidates.

When composing your list of babysitter qualifications and skills, include your must-haves and non-negotiables:

  • 5+ years’ experience in babysitting
  • Experience with multiple children at a time preferred
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid driver’s license; your own safe, reliable transportation and insurance; and a clean driving record
  • Certification in first aid and CPR required
  • Must provide three professional references, preferably from families you’ve worked for previously
  • Must provide information for a standard background check, completed at our expense

Your Completed Babysitter Job Description

Using these guidelines, your completed babysitter job description should look something like this:

Babysitter with 5+ Years' Experience

Job Summary

Our family is looking for an experienced part-time babysitter for our two children, ages 4 and 7. The position is Monday–Friday, for three hours each afternoon. Applicants will be required to pick up both kids from the same school at 2:30 p.m. every day, then return home and stay with them until 5:30 p.m. The babysitter will be expected to provide a light snack in the afternoon, engage in appropriate playtime activities, and help our older child with homework. The position has the potential for some night or weekend work, but it is not a requirement.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Pick up both children from school at 2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday and bring them home.
  • Clean out backpacks and set aside any documents or items requiring our attention.
  • Prepare a light snack for both kids, using items in the refrigerator and/or pantry. Light cleanup after snack time is appreciated, but housekeeping is not required.
  • After snack time, review daily homework assignment with our 7-year-old, assisting as needed. During homework time, our 4-year-old can watch one TV program from the list provided.
  • Once homework is finished, engage both children in fun, age-appropriate games for the remainder of the afternoon. They enjoy puzzles, crafts, and storytime. No TV or screen time during playtime. 
  • Communicate with parents once you’ve arrived home with the kids, and anytime an issue arises that was not communicated to you by one of us prior to picking them up.

Skills & Qualifications

Required:

  • 5+ years’ experience in babysitting.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • A valid driver’s license; your own safe, reliable transportation and insurance; and a clean driving record.
  • Certification in first aid and CPR.
  • Three professional references from families you’ve worked for previously.
  • Willing to provide information for a standard background check, completed at our expense.

Preferred:

  • Experience watching multiple children at a time.
  • Availability on some nights and weekends.

Finding the perfect babysitter for your family can take some time, but it is well worth the effort. Creating a better, more effective babysitter job description to post on job boards can make the process simpler and help bring more qualified candidates to your attention.

Originally written by Michael Francis. Updated by Jayme Kubo.

Comments

I know this comment is old, but I definitely second that! It should be what they see BEFORE being granted access to the "wizard!" In the same way that parents don't want to get cut and paste inquiries that have nothing at all to do with their job posting, and don't want to read unclear availability postings, carers don't want to read or receive them either. While it is acceptable that parents or guardians are very busy, I think it is also acceptable to expect that they will take some time to really think about who they want to let into their lives and homes, and then to speak directly to that person. It's more efficient in the long run, and sets up the expectation that both sides are being attentive to the needs of the employer-employee relationship before it gets started.

User in Visalia, CA
Nov. 16, 2014

Parents should be required to read this prior to posting their ads. They might be less willing to use the wizard.

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