The whole issue of babysitting is a very complicated one
and therefore it would be advisable to check with either the
children's law centre or your local advice centre for more
information. The following are just general guidelines which
may be of help.
The law does not state an age at which young people can babysit.
- You have to be at least old enough to work part-time (13
Yrs) before you can babysit (refer to section on part-time
- The law does not state the youngest age at which a child
should be left with a babysitter.
- If children are left with a babysitter it is important
for parents to remember that no one under the age of 16
can be charged with neglect or ill treatment of a child
left in their care. Therefore parents remain responsible
and can be charged themselves should any harm come to their
- We recommend being over the age of 16 to babysit.