How to Start Babysitting

Babysitting jobs are a popular job for kids. Find out how your child can start babysitting and find resources about babysitting jobs.

Age to Start Babysitting

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The age when kids start babysitting varies, but many begin babysitting for younger children around age 12. Younger children can be a mother's helper until they are ready to babysit on their own. More

Babysitter Course

Children who are interested in getting started babysitting should take a safety course. The Red Cross babysitting course is available for 11 to 15-year-olds. The course will focus on child care basics, safety while babysitting, and advertising tips. More

How to Find a Babysitting Job

Once you have taken a babysitting course, the next step is to find a babysitting job. One of the best ways is to get referrals from family and friends. Let everyone know that you are ready to babysit. More

Advertise to Start Babysitting

To advertise a babysitting business, create babysitting flyers to post on neighborhood bulletin boards. In addition, your child can create business cards to hand out to family and friends. Word of mouth is the most powerful advertising method to start babysitting. Once you find a family to babysit for, ask them to refer you to their friends. More

Babysitting Games

Once your child starts babysitting, have her create a babysitting bag full of games and activities to take with her to babysit. It will keep the kids occupied and the parents will be impressed with her babysitting abilities. More