Babysitting During School Council Meetings

Babysitting During School Council Meetings
Posted on 01/25/2023
If a School Council wishes to offer babysitting services to members of the council during School Council meetings, the following recommendations should be considered.


  • These services can only be offered to School Council members attending the School Council meeting and must not be used for child drop off or fundraising. 
  • Councils should document the procedures for babysitting including dates, number of participants and supervisors names and contact information.
  • Babysitting cannot be offered for children under the age of 16 months.
  • Activities must be appropriate for the participant and supervised by a qualified supervisor.

Liability Policy

  • The School Council Liability Policy can be used when booking with Community Use of Schools (CUS) (gyms or fitness rooms can not used for babysitting activities).
  • Abuse is an exclusion in the School Council liability policy.


  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) must remain in the building with the ability to immediately attend to their child.
  • A communication plan must be established to contact the parent/guardian to immediately attend to their child.
  • Diapering or toileting must only be done by the parent/guardian.


  • The supervisor must be certified in First Aid/CPR.
  • The supervisor must be at least 13 years old (or aged 12 with a current Child-minding course that includes First Aid/CPR).
  • There must be a minimum of 2 supervisors present at all times.
  • The minimum ratio is 2 supervisors to 8 children.
  • At no time will there be a one-to-one ratio between a child and a supervisor.


  • No gyms or fitness rooms should be used for babysitting activities
  • If a classroom is required it must be booked through Community Use of Schools (CUS). School Council Insurance can be used for the CUS agreement. Bookings should be reasonably close to the meeting location to allow response by the parent/guardian.

Reporting Incidents

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