Babysitter Emergency Forms
10 Emergency Forms Every Babysitter Should Have
There are certain forms that a childcare provider should have on hand, in the event of an emergency. When putting together a file for a new charge, here are some of the things you should include.
- Emergency Contacts – This form should have the names and contact information of at least three people, preferably both parents and another relative. With a minimum of three contacts, you can ensure that someone will be available if an emergency arises.
- Brief Medical History – A list of any health conditions or previous health problems is a must for any childcare provider. Being well-informed about potential illnesses or related problems is the first line of defense against unforeseen health-related crises.
- Allergies and Reactions – Food allergies should be documented in order to prevent contact, but you should also have on hand a list of any drug allergies. Paramedics or emergency medical professionals will probably arrive before a parent can, and they’ll need to know about possible medication allergies.
- Medications – Any medications that a child is on should be on this list. Drug interactions can cause serious injury, and a medical professional will need to know if a drug they plan to administer can cause interaction problems.
- Medical Release Form – Most doctors will not treat a child without parental consent, which can be disastrous in an emergency. Having a signed consent form will release the doctor from liability and allow you to make decisions regarding the child’s care until a parent can arrive.
- Contact Information for the Family Physician – In a medical emergency, having the name and contact information of the child’s pediatrician or family physician can be incredibly helpful.
- Pick-Up Authorization Forms – Having a form listing everyone authorized to pick up a child is imperative. In the event of a family emergency, a parent may send someone unfamiliar to pick up their child, but being able to match their name on the list to a state-issued identification card will release you from liability.
- Liability Release Form – It’s an unfortunate but well-known fact that children are sometimes injured. To protect yourself from lawsuits, it’s important to have a signed liability release form.
- Transportation Release Form – If you plan to take children on outings or field trips, you should require a signed transportation release form. In the event of a transportation-related emergency or accident, this form will offer some protection from legal action.
- Authorization to Administer Medication – Administering medication to children can be sticky business, so you’ll need a signed form on file before you do it. In the event of a medication-related emergency, having this form on file is important.
Though all of the paperwork can be frustrating, it’s necessary to protect you, your charges and their families. Keeping a file for each child with these forms inside will ensure that you have all the information you need to keep your charges safe on hand.