The Child, Youth and Family Services Act does not identify a specific age at which a child can be left alone, or an age at which a child can babysit or care for other children.
The Act also says that parents/caregivers need to ensure children under the age of 18 are not left alone for extended periods of time. Parents/caregivers must have a plan of care in place that includes a safe adult to care for children under the age of 18 years of age.
A child’s age, ability, and comfort level are important factors in deciding if a child can be home alone for short periods of time and/or babysit other children. For information about home alone and babysitting courses for youth, visit the YMCA Sudbury website: YMCA Sudbury Babysitting and Home Alone courses.