How to Write a Babysitter Job Description

Do you want to write a job description that attracts competent babysitters?

Good news: we have put together a job description template that you can adapt to your needs!

Choose the right job title

Your job title is the first thing that candidates see!

It is crucial to choose a job title that accurately describes the tasks and responsibilities of your position. Here are some job titles you can use to hire babysitters:

  • Babysitter (if you want to hire someone as-needed)
  • Nanny (if you need someone to take care of your children on consistent schedules)
  • Childminder (if you want someone to take care of your children in his/her own home)

Write a descriptive job summary

A job summary is an overview of the expectations that come with the job. It introduces the main point of the job description, like key responsibilities, functions, and duties.

Here’s a job summary template that you can adapt to your position:

I am looking for a babysitter for my two daughters (2 and 6 years old).

I need someone to take care of my children 2-5 days per month during the weekend. During this time, I expect the sitter to cook meals, change diapers, bath my kids, and get them ready to bed.

The ideal candidate is responsible, flexible, and trustworthy. You can also assist my 6-year-olds with homework and other academic duties (extra pay).

I am willing to pay up to $20 per hour.

Responsibilities and duties

Here you should outline the tasks to be executed on a regular basis and how the job functions.

The responsibilities of babysitters usually are:

  • Ensuring a safe environment
  • Getting kids ready for bed
  • Cooking meals
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Changing diapers
  • Engaging in recreational activities with the children: reading, drawing, coloring, singing, etc.
  • Driving kids to school and other activities (extra)
  • Doing housework (extra)
  • Administering medicine (extra)

Qualifications and skills

Typical qualifications/requirements include:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Preferred: Child care training and/or experience
  • Preferred: Driver’s license (some parents want you to pick their kids up from school)
  • Preferred: CPR and First Aid certification

Successful babysitters should have the following skills and traits:

  • Conflict resolution (children often engage in a quarrel)
  • Time management and scheduling (babysitters need to schedule children activities)
  • And the following traits: punctuality, flexibility, trustworthiness, and playfulness.

More information about the job

Here is some useful information to take into consideration before hiring a babysitter:

  • Salary: $18 per hour (on average).
  • Training time: a few days.
  • Workload: there is no minimal workload.