Kin Sitters Covid Plan:
Our tips to staying safe together
Finding a babysitter you can trust is more complicated during COVID-19 that’s why Kin Sitters encourages all Kin babysitters to provide a proof of vaccination, declare they follow social distancing guidelines and are staying up to date with the latest Government public health and social measures
So much about caregiving is about trust and transparency. Leaving your child(ren) with a babysitter during a pandemic creates an extra layer to the process of the standard background and safety checks. The most important part is to avoid unnecessary risk.
To keep everyone involved safe Kin Sitters has created the following Covid Plan with an easy checklist you can use to make your next Kin booking as safe as possible:
- Request a proof of vaccination prior to the babysitters coming to your house (if it hasn’t already been outlined in their Kin Sitters profile) and show your families proof of vaccination to the babysitter if requested (https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-coronavirus-proof-of-covid-19-vaccinations).
- Decide on a mask policy. Some families may want the babysitter to wear a mask the entire time they are in your home. In that case, it’s a good idea to provide one.
- Talk about the house rules you want the Kin babysitter follow in your home. This should include thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, before preparing food and eating, and after blowing their nose. It should also include disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least a few times a day. Make sure to provide the necessary cleaning supplies (cleaners and paper towels, or Clorox wipes, soaps, and hand sanitisers) and have them easily accessible to the babysitter, while keeping these items safely out of reach of young children.
- Disclose any symptoms of illness prior to the booking. It’s essential for babysitters not to come in if they (or someone in their home) isn’t feeling well to help reduce your family’s risk of being exposed and visa versa.
- Outside play is safe play! When the weather allows agree on being outside to maintain social distancing when and where possible.
Let’s work together to create a safe and caring environment for the whole community where our children can be carefree again as soon as possible!