How Do You Get Started in Babysitting?

To get started in babysitting, make sure you are old enough, take a babysitting course, and then take an infant and child CPR course. Once your training is complete, ask for job referrals from your friends and family members, and advertise your service.

  1. Make sure you are old enough

    Although the specific age at which a person gets into babysitting varies, siblings typically begin watching their younger siblings at around the age of 12.

  2. Take a babysitting course

    Babysitting courses are generally available to children as young as age 11. Complete the one-day babysitting course offered through the Red Cross. It not only teaches you the basic skills you need, but also offers valuable tips on how to advertise your service. Children are also encouraged to gain experience by assisting their parents.

  3. Take an infant and child CPR Course

    Learn additional babysitting skills and build your credentials by taking an infant CPR course. This is also a great way to expand your contacts before advertising your service.

  4. Ask for referrals

    Once the courses are completed, ask your friends and family members for referrals. Have the people you know help spread the word about your services and vouch for your credentials.

  5. Advertise your service

    Hang fliers on neighborhood bulletin boards to advertise your service. Print some business cards, and hand them out to potential clients.