Last week, we had a last-minute babysitter coming to our house.
Usually, I have something specific queued up for a babysitter and Liliana to do together (whether they do it or not is another story). It just gives Liliana a specific focus when I am walking out the door. She can focus on doing "whatever I left out" instead of my leaving.
Since this was a last minute gig, we did something I used to do in the classroom. We made a stack of books for the babysitter to read.
I used to have kids make stacks or lists of picture books they wanted either me to read with them as a class, or have someone read to them on the weekend. This set the expectation that reading would happen and it gives kids the power to choose their books (super important!).
- Book Bin or basket
- Post-it note
1. Have a routine about doing it.
2. Have a physical space set-up for the books.
Be it a bin, a shelf on the wall, a specific chair you stack the books on - put books in the same place each time. This makes it easy for your child and the babysitter, grandparents, or caregiver to find.
Extra points if you can label that space. I label it with a post-it note.
Try to keep this the same with every caregiver and each time they come. This way, there is a routine spot to go to so they can find books that your child has specifically picked to read with the babysitter.
3. Tell the caregiver that you have a space for special books for them to read with your child.
Tips for Older Kids
You could also try telling your babysitter/caregiver that it's cool if they themselves read in front of your kid (as long as everything is under control) so that your child sees someone else in their lives reading, too.