BabyCenter suggests asking neighbors, friends and relatives to see if there are any good babysitting candidates in the area. Other parents may know the names of child minders. Day care centers and doctor's offices are other places to make inquiries. There are some urban centers that offer childcare referral services. Listening to word of mouth is a positive step toward getting references.
The YMCA, libraries and community education centers may prove to be solid resources. Universities and local colleges have jobs boards for parents, and there are many college students who need work. High schools are places where young people need jobs, and there are teens who advertise babysitting through flyers. Parents can post ads at synagogues or churches. Sitters and parents can meet through Craigslist ads in local areas, and many women find sitters though social networking and mommy blogging websites. The American Red Cross offers sitters who have completed safety courses. Yellow pages lists babysitting agencies that provide pre-screened caregivers. Babysitting courses are filled with people wanting to mind children.
There are temp agencies that cater to mothers who require childcare needs. Older siblings or grandparents are good candidates for babysitters. There are retirees who love kids, and there are girl scouts who may provide babysitting services.