If possible, it is a good idea to interview a potential babysitter before letting him or her care for your children. The interview is a great way to make sure you find the right person to care for your children. Arrange for the sitter to meet your children before babysitting if possible.
It helps to go over some guidelines with babysitters, both at the interview and when you leave the house. This gives the babysitter a better idea of what you expect. Take a tour of the house and point out where to find first aid supplies, fire extinguishers, flashlights, toys, clothing, snacks, and other items. Talk about the fire escape plan and emergency exits. Make sure the sitter knows CPR and has first aid training.
Here is the information to provide to anyone who will take care of your children while you are away:
Make sure the sitter never leaves young children unattended or alone in the house, especially while the child is in a high chair, walker, bath, or stroller. Make sure the sitter knows that it is okay to call parents with any questions or concerns.