My newest family binder addition is a Babysitter Information Sheet so that you can be sure to leave all the information your babysitter will need while you are out. I don’t know about you, but usually I’m dashing around trying to make sure I’ve got my phone, ID, and purse while spouting out partial instructions as I dash around the house.
This information sheet will let your sitter know where you’ll be, how to reach you, when to expect you home, along with your expectations for the evening. If you have something you want the sitter to know that I didn’t include, you can add it in the notes section at the bottom of the form.
As with most of my functional forms, you’ll find that I don’t embellish with a lot of flourishes or graphics. I like simplicity so you don’t get distracted when you’re looking for information. I don’t want one of the kids grabbing the babysitter information sheet to try to draw a replica of a cute character in the corner.
Now, before you get too excited about filling in this form, please read these very wise and salient points from Susan at Organized 31 on things to consider when you hire a babysitter. Remember that even though they will be watching your babies, the sitter is someone else’s baby. Susan shares her experience as the mother of a teen babysitter who had a few troubling incidents that could have been avoided with a little forethought and consideration.