Don't leave kids alone in the house or yard, even for a minute. Meet With Her in Person If the phone interview goes well, take the time to interview her at home. Offer Little Perks If you are comfortable with it, consider offering the sitter additional perks.
When I was looking for daycare for my son, I found that our local library had a brochure from an area nonprofit agency. Try an Online Service Much like the many online dating sites that are available, there are sites that look to match up sitters with families. Show the babysitter where emergency exits, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers are. The type of work for babysitters also varies from watching a sleeping child, changing diapers, playing games, preparing meals, and to teaching the child to read or even drive if the age is right.