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Babysitting Jobs: Overview

You know how children are bundles of joy, positive energy, and happiness, sometimes they can be a handful and an unwelcome source of distraction; especially to working-class parents. This is the singular reason the babysitting profession was born; to look after children when their parents cannot. This article gives an overview of babysitting jobs, the job description, the skills required, and so on.

Babysitting Job Description

Babysitters are also referred to as Nannies or Childminders. They mostly look after children between the stages of infancy and early puberty (infants, toddlers, nursery children, and primary school kids).

Here’s what the babysitter is responsible for:

  1. Drawing up a timetable for the child including scheduled times for meals, study, sleep and play.
  2. Tending to the child’s personal hygiene needs.
  3. Feeding the child.
  4. Inventing games and fun activities for playtime.
  5. Cleaning up after the child’s playtime.
  6. Assisting the child in doing homework and school projects.
  7. Dropping off and picking up the child from school (in the case of older children with parents that work long hours.)

Sometimes, the babysitter may be required to accompany the child to extracurricular activities and events. However, this depends on the agreement between the babysitter and the parents of the child.

Necessities to Excel in this Role include:

A friendly and playful personality.

Children are easily put off by a frown and often need the babysitter to participate in games with them. The babysitter must be friendly and playful with the children for a comfortable working atmosphere.

Creativity

Part of the duties of a babysitter is to invent games and fun activities for playtime. The babysitter must be creative enough to think up games that the child can learn from as well as enjoy. The babysitter also has to be a good storyteller, stories come in handy at bedtime.

Passion for Children.

Ultimately, a person needs to love spending time with children to enjoy this role. When a babysitter is passionate about children’s wellbeing, it is easier for her to overlook the child’s excesses and forgive the child’s mistakes.

Patience and Tolerance

Children can be messy during meal times and playtime. Sometimes, they need a lot of explaining to grasp a concept when working on an assignment. A babysitter needs the virtues of patience and tolerance to deal with them in those times.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills.

As a babysitter, you have to build a good relationship with the children under your care, and the rest of their families too. Good interpersonal and communication skills would help with that. Remember, a satisfied client would bring in referrals.

Quick-thinking and Problem-solving Skills

A child’s first point of call when he encounters problems is his parents. As a babysitter, you step into the parent’s shoes. In challenging situations, you should be able to come up with solutions quickly so the child can be assured that he is safe with you.

Multitasking Skills

As a babysitter, you have to keep an eye on the child always. This means that you must be able to combine watching the child with watching TV, cleaning, and so on. You must be good at multitasking.

First Aid Skills

Children are more prone to injuries than adults, because of the high level of energy they use to play. The babysitter must be conversant with first aid techniques to effectively take care of any injuries incurred by the child during her work hours.

HSE Skills

The babysitter must be equipped with ample knowledge of HSE practices; how to use a fire extinguisher, how to save someone from drowning, how to perform CPR, and so on.

How many hours does a Babysitter work?

Babysitters are typically hired to work short hours, anywhere between 3 to 5 hours are regular. However, the contract may include longer hours depending on the job of the parent hiring. Babysitting is a part-time, contract-based job.

What is the Average Salary of a Babysitter?

In Nigeria, the average salary of a babysitter is NGN75,000 per month. The pay varies based on location, level of experience, gender, and the number of working hours. In Lagos, a babysitter is paid an average of NGN2,500 per hour.

How to Find Babysitting Jobs in Nigeria

  1. Search online using the job title ‘Babysitting Jobs’ on job search sites. Sites like: LinkedIn, Jooble, Great Au Pay, and Indeed have an impressive number of job listings for the role.
  2. Draft an impressive resume highlighting the skills listed above.
  3. Send a compelling cover letter along with your resume in your application.
  4. Include your babysitting skills in your bio on your social media accounts.
  5. Tell someone to tell someone else in your area. Most parents prefer to entrust their children to someone they know; coming to such parents as a recommendation from a family friend will greatly increase your chances.
  6. Work for free sometimes, it’ll earn you referrals that you can charge.

How to write a compelling Babysitting Cover Letter.

  1. Start with your name and contact info at the top.
  2. Address the prospective client by name.
  3. Use active voice
  4. Highlight your skills and experience (if you have any)
  5. Showcase relevant volunteer experience if you have never been a babysitter before.
  6. Mention any training you have undergone and gotten certified in; HSE training, swimming, driving, and so on.
  7. Close with a promise to deliver value.
For Example:

Sarah Leonard

[email protected]

+234805498312674

Dear Mr. Ahmed,

I am writing concerning your job offer requesting the services of a babysitter. I love spending time with children and always look out for opportunities to work closely with them. I am responsible, friendly, and very creative. I am sure I will be a perfect fit for this role, I have 2 years of experience working with toddlers between the ages of 2 to 6 years, to prove my claim.

I am a certified HSE personnel, with a lifeguard badge and dependable problem-solving skills. With me, you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands.

Working in the capacity of a babysitter, I promise to make your child’s welfare a top priority always. I have attached a copy of my resume and testimonies from my past clients to this letter. I am open to a personal interview if needed.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

Sarah Leonard.

How to write a Great Babysitting Bio

  1. Introduce yourself; state relevant hobbies and interests in this paragraph.
  2. State your skills and experience.
  3. Highlight your passion for children.
  4. Share your schedule.
  5. Close with a positive remark.
  6. Preview the write-up and edit as needed.
Example

Hello, my name is Sarah Leonard, I am an animal lover and avid reader. I have an adorable 3 years old little sister who I babysit all the time. Spending time with her makes me so happy. I also babysit 2 other children in my neighborhood and we have so much fun together playing games and drawing up a storm.

 When I’m not reading or babysitting, I volunteer as a lifeguard at the beach on some days and give painting lessons to children on the others. I am currently studying at University and have lectures from 8 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday, so my evenings and weekends are generally free for babysitting.

I would be delighted to watch your children, and already anticipate all the memories we’ll make together.

Can Teenagers work Babysitting Jobs?

Absolutely! Babysitting is a perfect job for teenagers looking to earn money because, although experience gives an added advantage, it is not a requirement for the role.

Other Jobs that Babysitting counts as Experience Include:

  • Primary/Nursery/Preschool teacher.

You’ll need a certificate in education for this, but babysitting experience is an added advantage.

  • School Counsellor
  • Childcare Nurse
  • Private Tutor

Are Babysitting Jobs Lucrative?

Working as a babysitter helps you develop soft skills that come in handy in other job positions. This role is especially perfect for young people who love children and are creative. It is also a job position that will always be in demand; as long as there are children to care for, babysitters will always be sought after.

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