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how old does a child have to be to babysit

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how old does a child have to be to babysit
Can you tell me in what state the babysitting will be taking place?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.



There is no statute on the books in MA that dictates the age of the babysitter. The Federal Department of Labor says the following:

"The FLSA sets 14 as the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youths may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or hazardous jobs); perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home."

Instead of making a law or statute, the state relies on the parents involved to know if their child is responsible enough a) to be left alone, b) to be left alone and responsible for other children.

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