I am a Mum of 4, aged 10, 13, 16 and 18. Love them to bits. A few years ago, I worked as a childcare assistant, for 4 years, until new rules came in from government, saying anyone that worked at child care centres had to have formal qualifications. I didn’t. Though I do have a Diploma in social welfare, I didn’t in child care. I found it really hard to find a job, but today, I have been looking into becoming a casual babysitter. Casual and flexible, as in, I will babysit children, maybe up to 3 at any same time, during school hours, in my home, for a break for Mums, or so they can attend appointments, do some shopping, or just for some ME time. I have posted on social media thoughts, and some have said, YES PLEASE, IT’S WHAT MUMS NEED while others have said I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL.
No, I do not have formal qualifications, but I don’t promise to educate your child, I promise to take care of your beautiful children, as I do my own. Play with them, read to them, etc until their Mum comes back. Could be an hour, could be 2, or 3, or 4.
BUT, now I need to look into rights and responsabilities before I decide to even start. What does a casual babysitter need? Do I pay tax? Do I need an ABN?
All so confusing, but I believe, all worthwhile in the end, and probably, helping MUMS who ache for free time, me time, in this world of ours, a MUMS world, that can often become crazy!!!
Good idea or not?
Posted by Sam, 15th September 2016