There’s more to babysitting than showing up on time and hanging out with your kids. Your babysitter is being asked to assume responsibility for your child’s life when you’re away. There’s no bigger job than that! Think about what type of job you’re asking your sitter to do, and pick one that’s the right fit.
If your sitter hasn’t taken a babysitting preparation course, consider chatting with her parents about enrolling her in a local class. As a gift to your sitter (and her parents), you may even want to offer to pay the fee for her to get training. That’s truly a gift that will keep on giving. And you’ll never have to wonder if she’s the right fit for any job!