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Child Minding
Parents and guardians should be careful in choosing other people to take charge of their children, even if they are family members.
Looking after children and babies is an important job that should be taken seriously and done by responsible people. The health, safety and happiness of the children needs to be protected.

Parents and guardians should be careful in choosing other people to take charge of their children, even if they are family members.

Child molesters sometimes advertise as baby-sitters so check several references when employing a stranger. Be suspicious of men who always offer to baby-sit and who seem overly interested in befriending the children. Some women also molest and harm children. Ask friends to recommend sitters, or swap baby-sitting duties with them. Neighbourhood baby-sitting "clubs" work well in some communities. Members are parents as well and baby-sit for other parents for points instead of money.

Introduce strange sitters to the children before a sit is arranged and be watchful of their reaction when told a particular sitter is coming. Leave emergency contact telephone numbers and the number of the family doctor with the sitter. If you do not have a telephone make sure the sitter knows where to reach one.

Some organisations run courses for would-be baby-sitters which are recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Contact the Order of St John or the local Citizens Advice Bureau to find out if there are such courses in your area. An information pamphlet for parents and sitters is published by the Accident Compensation Corporation and available from the ACC or Plunket Society.






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Looking after children and babies is an important job that should be taken seriously and done by responsible people. The health, safety and happiness of the children needs to be protected.

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