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Baby Sitting Social Hour

Number of People: 2 in charge; 12 to help
Budget: $0

This activity is to coordinate the baby-sitting of Nestlings and Skimmers during Social Hour. Children who are 5 and older participate in the Afternoon Children’s Activities and are not your responsibility. Baby-sitting takes place at the Children's Barn, Saturday through Friday. It starts at 5:30 when Social Hour begins and runs until dinner. All parents of little ones should take turns helping out with this job, so that every adult has a chance to go to Adult Social Hour if s/he wishes. You are not being asked to be the sole baby-sitters, but rather to organize all the appropriate parents into a schedule for the week.

Ask the Chairs for a list of parents with children under the age of 6 years old. Contact these people via email and inform them they will be working one shift and do they have any preferences? Make schedule beforehand and give out before or on Star. Each family being assigned one shift-there should be 2 adults per shift. Doing this before star will set the expectations and allow people to sign up for the days that work best for them (ie if doing lobster, don't sign up to babysit that day).

Reading Aloud/Books on Tape (You may need a portable tape player)
Games at Playscape
Singing and Dancing
Circle Games
Dress-up (if you feel like bringing out some extra clothes! A few hats or shirts work wonders with imagination)

Sign the kids in and out and periodically do a head count.

Parents may wish to drop by during Social Hour to see how things are going. It is a short walk down the back stairs of Newton to the deck. However, no one may bring alcoholic beverages.

In the past, Jr. and Mid Teens have offered to help out with baby-sitting. You might want to check with the leaders of those groups to see if they will get volunteers for you.

1999 - Movies were used for the kids. Responses from the evaluations indicated that parents would prefer more physical activities for the kids.