If possible, talk with and get to know a new babysitter before letting him or her care for your child. Talking is a way to make sure you find the right person to care for your child. Arrange for the sitter to meet your child before babysitting if possible.
It helps to share information with babysitters, both when you first talk to them and when you leave the house. This gives the babysitter a better idea of what you expect. Show the sitter around your house and point out where to find things they may need. Talk about the fire escape plan and emergency exits.
Here is some information the babysitter should have while you are away:
Make sure the sitter:
If you do not have a land-line in your home, make sure the sitter has a cell phone that is fully charged and has phone reception at your home.