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When you hire a babysitter, ask them about training and experience before you ask them to do a job. A popular babysitter-training course is offered through the Red Cross. The course teaches babysitters decision-making skills, basic business skills and safety information among other things. Classes are given in many community locations and cost as little around $20. If you really bond with a potential babysitter who has not attended this class, it may be worth your while to pay the cost of the class for them. You should also be aware that first aid certifications expire as policies and procedures are updated from time to time.