A babysitting contract provides you with the peace of knowing how you can expect your child and your home to be cared for while you are away and it gives your babysitter a clear outline of her responsibilities and the compensation she can expect for her work. Fortunately, your babysitting contract doesn't need to be rife with legalese, but rather a straightforward account of the agreement between the two of you.
Start with the basics; state your name and address as well as the name and address of the babysitter and the names of the children for which she will be responsible.
State the rate of pay, including whether the rate is paid by the hour, per day or any other agreed upon arrangement. Detail how frequently the babysitter will be paid, such as daily, weekly or bi-weekly. If your babysitter has a valid driver's license, include information about mileage remuneration, if you will be expecting her to shuttle your child to extracurricular activities, friends' houses and any other event.
Provide a detailed list of all of the duties that will be expected of the babysitter, such as diaper changes, bottle-feeding, snack preparation, baths and bedtime stories. You can include log sheets in the contract to have your babysitter record each task, particularly if she will be responsible for administering any type of medication. This way, you have a record of each dose.
Spell out any additional duties you expect of your babysitter, such as cooking or heating up your child's meals, washing dishes or loading the dishwasher after dinner and cleaning up after him around the house.
Make a list of any activities that are prohibited, such as smoking in the house or having visitors to the home.
Explain the term of the contract, including whether it is a full-time, part-time or an as-needed job, and whether it is an on-going or temporary position. If you expect your babysitter to be at your home on particular days or times, include this in the term information.
Sign the contract and have your babysitter sign it, as well. Make a second copy for each of you to sign and have her keep one copy, as well.
If you're hiring a babysitter under 18 years of age, check your state’s laws to find out if you can enter into a contract with a minor and whether the contract is a legally enforceable agreement, or if you need to get an adult co-signer.