WHAT IS THE MINIMUM LEGAL AGE TO BE A BABYSITTER IN CALIFORNIA ?

CAN MY 15 YR OLD SON BABYSIT MY 2 YR OLD NEPHEW DURING THE DAY TIME WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION?

Asked on June 9, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If your nephew's parents are confident in your 15-year old son's ability and level of maturity, and you are, as well, then it should be fine.  Babysitting age is a very individual thing.  There is no legal minimum age.  Some kids are ready to babysit at 12 or 13, and others not until 17 or 18.  Use your best judgment and if you feel comfortable, and your nephew's parents do, go for it!  (My daughter started babysitting at 13.  My son started at 14.)

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

There is no legal minimum age requirement for babysitting in California.  However, babysitting courses start at age 12 and the guidelines for military families is also age 12.

So, assuming that your son is responsible enough, he would appear to be more than old enough.

Best of luck.


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