Information to Get from Parents
- Fire, police, ambulance (911 may take care of all three), doctors,
neighbors, family members
- Address and phone number of the house where you're watching children
Where are the parents going? Get the name, address, and telephone
number. Ask for the cell phone number and/or pager number if available.
Find out the time they expect to get to their destination and when
they expect to leave. If they are going to more than one place,
get the approximate time they will switch locations. If they are
going to see a play or listen to a concert, get the row and seat
numbers of their tickets.
What time do they expect to return?
Do they expect any phone calls or visitors? If yes, who? And how would
they like the door and phone to be answered?
Information to Get about the Child
Meals and Menus When
is mealtime? What should the child eat? Are there any food allergies
or food restrictions? May she have a snack? What can she eat for
a snack? Ask what you may eat and only eat what you are told. Are
there any eating problems or dislikes? How much should she eat?
Medication Do not give the
child any medication unless instructed by the parents. Have them write
down the name of the medication, the correct dosage, the time it should
be given and if food or a drink should be avoided or given with the medication.
Playtime Are there special
play areas inside the house? Are you allowed to play outside? Are playmates
allowed in the yard or house? Is the child allowed to go to a friend's
house? Which friends and what is the address and phone number? Does the
child have any special jobs to do/ any special requirements? Are any toys
to be avoided? Can he play on the computer? If yes, what programs can
he play with and are there instructions for starting them? Can he watch
TV? If yes, how long can he watch and what programs can he watch?
Bedtime When is bedtime?
Have there been any problems getting the child to go to bed? Is there
a favorite story or bedtime friend? Security blanket or pacifier? Where
is she to sleep? Does she have a special bedtime routine? If yes, what
is it? What clothes should she wear to bed?
Bath time Do you need
to give the child a bath? If yes, does she take a bath or shower? Can
she clean her body and shampoo her hair without help? Can she brush her
teeth without help? What clothes should she wear after bathing? Remember
to never leave a child alone in a bathtub filled with water!
Discipline Are there
any house rules that you need to know before the parents depart? Do parents
expect you to discipline their child when she is misbehaving? If so, what
type of behaviors would require disciplinary action and what method would
they want you to use? Are parents wanting you to report any bad behavior
from the child upon their arrival home?
Information about the House
Locks, Alarms, & Extra Keys Where
are they? How do they work? How do the windows work?
Emergency Supplies Ask
about flashlights, candles & matches, first aid and cleaning supplies.
Appliances Make sure you know how to work the
can opener, stovetop and oven, microwave, high chair, infant swing,
and anything else you may need while you're watching the children.
Ask how to adjust the heat or air conditioning.
Pets If the family
has pets, check to see if they need to be fed or given water. When,
what and how much? Can they go outside?
Miscellaneous Take a tour of the home. Find out where everything
you'll need is located. Determine the quickest route of escape from children's
rooms in case of fire or other emergency.
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