A BABYSITTER FOLDER – A MUST FOR EVERY BABYSITTER!
What it is, how to make your own and why every babysitter should have one. Your teen will enjoy making their own.
My daughter is getting to the age of being able to babysit. She is looking so forward to it and is so great with kids. I know she will do great.
In talking to her about the responsibility of babysitting we came up with what she thinks is a great idea. A babysitter’s folder. Something she can take with her to each job that she can record their contact information, address and other useful information.
Why you need a babysitter’s folder.
- It reminds you what information to ask for.
- Parent’s cell phone numbers.
- Address. While you may know where they live and how to get there you need their actual street address. This is important if you were to need to call 9-1-1.
- Whether the kids have any allergies.
- Special instructions – bedtime? allowed snacks?
- Saves you from asking for this same information each time.
- Keeps the important information in one place.
- Is useful for next time. You can record games or activities they really liked or didn’t like. You can track what you charged and/or what was paid to you.
What you need:
- Inexpensive accordion folder
- Index cards
- Stickers or other decorative items.
- Colored paper for the tabs.
We started with an inexpensive plastic accordion type folder. We got ours at Walmart for $1.99. It was on clearance. You can probably find one similar the dollar store.
We started by cutting little pieces of colored paper to fit in the tab slots. We labelled those tabs A/B, C/D etc. Be sure to count the number of tabs first to see how many letters you need to have on each tab.
She will use these tabs to file the index cards alphabetically by last name.
We also used stickers and washi tape that we had on hand to decorate it. This is where you can really get creative. Decorate it as much as you like. This is the fun part for your teen.
Now for the index cards. My daughter chose the neon colored ones. You could also use the white ones and add a sticker or add a little design to dress them up a little bit.
We did a fake sample card to give you an idea of what information we include on ours.
File your cards alphabetically by last name and remember to take your folder with you.
I bet your customers will be impressed with your organized babysitter’s folder and that extra level of care you are taking.
When you return to babysit for the same people, take out your card. Ask if any information has changed and update it if needed. Be sure to make your own notes about activities and issues. This will make it easier for you each time knowing what activities they like and which ones caused problems.
Don’t forget to bring your folder home. I suggested to my daughter that once she has filled out the card or checked that the card is still accurate for a returning client to set the folder on her shoes. This way she won’t forget to bring it home.