School time is already knocking on our doors in Dubai and with our young ones heading back to classrooms, our job is finding the best after-school sitter who knows and wants the best for your kid. Some practical guidelines are always beneficial.
Plan an after-school schedule
A professional babysitter in Dubai should have a discussion with the parents about what sort of afternoon schedule they prefer their kids to have. Then every afterschool, she should talk to the kids about what is planned for them that particular day. If they are prepared chances are slimmer for them to get hyperactive and restless.
Rules are rules
Home rules shouldn’t change only because parents are not at home. The sitter should respect and implement usual rules and guidelines and stick to them. Parents can explain about all the rules for after-school behaviour.
Check in with teachers
Professional sitters should take the initiative to approach and speak with a child’s teachers after school to get familiarised on progress and behaviour. It’s important to know how kids are doing in school and it can be difficult for parents to find the time to do this by themselves.
Parents will always appreciate the sitter’s interest in their child and this extra step.
Discuss about their day
When kids come back from school, the babysitter should ask them how their day went and thus show her interest and enjoyment of talking with them. If they experienced a problem during the day or something really interesting happened, they should talk about it. These are crucial information that should be shared with the parents.
Promote healthy food and snacks
All kids are hungry when they come back from school. Parents should define what types of after-school snacks are acceptable, so good eating habits can be promoted since they are essential for children of all ages.
Physical activity is very important
After sitting entire day in the classroom all day, some energy and fresh air are always beneficial for keeping up the energy flow. Professional babysitters in Dubai should plan an hour or so of physical activity or exercises if the weather is too hot for outdoor activities.
A little bit of TV never hurt nobody
Too much time in front of the TV or on a phone or tablet is never recommended but allowing the children to enjoy their favorite TV show can successfully serve a nice reward to an effective homework session.
Set up a homework space
When children get home from school, they should have a space where they can complete their tasks without much distraction. If such space hasn’t been created already by the parents, the sitter should discuss how to set one up.
It is sometimes tempting for both sitters and parents alike, to step in during homework time and assist more than they should. However, kids should do homework on their own and focus their attention on figuring out the assignments using their knowledge and creativity.