The age when kids start babysitting varies, but many begin babysitting for younger children around age 12. Younger children can be a mother's helper until they are ready to babysit on their own.
Children who are interested in getting started babysitting should take a safety course. The Red Cross babysitting course is available for 11 to 15 year olds. The course will focus on child care basics, safety while babysitting, and advertising tips.
Once you have taken a babysitting course, the next step is to find a babysitting job. One of the best ways is to get referrals from family and friends. Let everyone know that you are ready to babysit.