There are many ways to find a babysitter for your child or children. Some of the ways are easy ones that you have thought of and some may be new ideas. It's better to open up as many possibilities as you can so that you are not so limited in deciding who will get the job of babysitting your kids.
If you attend a church, there are many possibilities. It is even better if you're well acquainted with the people in the church. There are many people in the church who are candidates for babysitting. There are young people who are looking for extra money to make and who are very good with children as they may already have experience with siblings. Some of these teenagers are already helping in Sunday school and the nursery in church. Those are the best candidates. There are also older people who may be looking for some way to spend their spare time and are lonely. As long as they are able to get around ok, they are good options. You can talk to Sunday school teachers, as well as the pastor as to who they would recommend. This is one of the best ways to find someone to watch your kids.
Local colleges have courses on babysitting classes. If you contact the instructors, they may be able to give some recommendations of teens looking for jobs. You can find a sitter who has already taken serious steps to learn what is necessary. You should probably contact the parents of the teenager first to introduce yourself.
Why not try your local neighborhood. There are other moms probably looking to make some money on the side, as well as teenagers that are looking for some jobs to make extra cash. If you just stop and think, you can probably make quite a list of people who you would consider to be able to sit for your child or children.
Colleges are good places to look for babysitting possibilities. Some of these college students have wonderful experience with children and some are even planning on going into a child care education. You can check the college bulletin boards as well as put your own ad up on it to find a someone.
Ask friends and family who they use. A referral from a friend or family member is worth a lot. Friends and family will only recommend someone they trust to you so that makes it even easier to find a babysitter.
If you take your time and think things through, you may come up with many possibilities in finding the right sitter.