Childcare and babysitting

Finding childcare is a key concern for parents wishing to return to work after taking parental leave. See the Pregnancy and Parenthood section at for more information on childcare.

If you want to go out alone with your partner, you’ll need to entrust your baby to someone else. Choose someone you know or who has been recommended by other parents.

If you opt for a teenager, pick one who has experience and has taken a babysitting course. Have the babysitter come for a visit before you leave him or her alone with your child.

Watch how your baby reacts to the sitter. Before going out, make sure you leave a phone number where you can be reached and the approximate time you’ll be home.

Information to give the babysitter:

  • Baby’s name and age
  • Bedtime and feeding schedule
  • Phone number where you can be reached and emergency phone numbers