5 Best Ways to Find Babysitting Jobs

For some babysitters, finding a babysitting job can be difficult. Especially if you’ve just moved into a new place and you aren’t familiar with your neighbourhood.

Here are some tips to find the best babysitting jobs:

  • Always start by babysitting for families that you know, for example your siblings.

    If you have younger siblings, this is by far the best place to start. Although sometimes babysitting your siblings can be challenging, there are a lot of things you and your parents can do to make your job easier. First of all, make sure your parents have set clear rules and expectations for you and your siblings to follow. Next, have your parents explain the consequences if anyone does not follow the rules. If younger siblings are explained the consequences, they are more likely to obey the rules. Furthermore, treat your younger siblings as respectful as you would treat another child you would babysit. This is very important because if younger siblings are feeling disrespected, they will be less likely to listen to you and follow the house rules. Once you are comfortable babysitting your younger siblings, then you can start babysitting for other families.

  • The children of your parents’ friends are also another good option.

    The children of your parents’ friends are also another good option. When parents are looking for a babysitter it helps if they know the parents of the sitter before hiring them. Your parents may have special friendships with their co-workers and childhood friends. Once you’ve taken your Babysitting Course, your parents will definitely get the word out to their closest friends.

  • Your neighbours are another good example of children you could start babysitting.

    If your parents know your neighbours well, this could be a win-win situation for both you and your neighbours. Parents like to hire a babysitter they know and can trust. Furthermore, it is very convenient for the neighbours to have someone who lives close by they can trust to babysit their children. Sometimes a parent is looking for someone to watch their children for an hour or so before and after school. They may even need someone to walk their child to school. Having a neighbour do so, can be very convenient and also cost-effective. Many parents are now looking at this option.

  • Your teachers at school are often looking for the best babysitters.

    Whether it be for before and after school or a weekend evening. If you live in proximity to them, and if you are very respectful, honest, caring and trustworthy they may approach you for a babysitting job. Be sure to have taken your Babysitting Course. Most parents will only hire a babysitter who has been trained to take good care of their children.

  • Babysitting other relatives such as your cousins is another safe option.

    This is also very convenient for your relatives because if you live within a reasonable distance, they will not mind going to get you. You could also think about the option of even sleeping over and they can drive you home the next day. If the parents get back really late, and you happen to fall asleep after you put the kids to bed, you won’t have to worry about getting up in the middle of the night. It also creates a special bond with your cousins that will last a lifetime.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Finding Babysitting Jobs

  • Do start off babysitting your siblings.
  • Do seek jobs from people you know.
  • Do offer to babysit the neighbours' kids.
  • Do babysit your relatives such as cousins.
  • Do accept jobs from references of people you know.
  • Do offer to babysit the children of your parents’ friends.
  • Do take a Babysitting Course to prove you have been trained.
  • Don’t ever advertise on the Internet.
  • Don’t babysit for people that you don’t know.
  • Don’t hand out business cards to families you don’t know.
  • Don’t hang posters at your local grocery store or on mailboxes.
  • Don’t advertise on social media such as Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.