The British Red Cross run a babysitters course, covring basic first aid and things like changing nappies (cloth and dispies). I took the course when I was a teenage babysitter and found it really useful. But I think that participants need to be 14 - you could check it out though?
Cat - I am a childminder & my job would be much harder without DD
This summer she has: Organised games Written out words (so they could be copied by pre-schoolers) Taught 4yos to peel carrots Made cakes (with younger children 'helping') Dealt with arguments, upsets, bruises and tears Written in the children diaries Fed babies bottles
It has been a very moving tome for me
Usually either DH or I work & the other has DD - & often we go out. But this year DH has been poorly so DD has been 'childminded' all summer - I have been very surprised at her