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Online Babysitting Training, Provided by the Red Cross

Babysitting is a great way for teens to begin to make their own money. It was my first job, and I absolutely loved it. The kids were awesome, and I loved having my own money that I did not have to ask Mom and Dad for. However, I do remember being a little bit intimidated at first by the thought of having to take care of another child on my own. If I could go back in time, I would definitely have signed up for a Red Cross babysitting class before I started working, to relay my nervousness.

Stock Photography taken for the American Red Cross babysitter's training video.

The Red Cross has offered an in-person training course for some time now, but has recently launched an online course that can be completed at home, in four hours, at the student’s convenience.

The online course offers all of the same information that the traditional in-person training does. The course ensures that the student masters the information because he or she must pass each lesson before moving on to the next. This is a self paced course, so the student can take as much time as he or she needs to practice each lesson. The online course is interactive; it has animated hosts, videos, case study scenarios, and drag‐and‐drop and point and click exercises.

The Course Outline includes the following lessons:
• The Business of Babysitting
• You’re the Boss
• Safe and Sound on the Job
• Playing with Kids of All Ages
• From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring For Kids
• It’s an Emergency- Now What?
• Final Exam

Additionally, participants have unlimited access to downloadable resources that can be used for additional self‐learning or to refresh their skills. Those resources include resume templates, interview checklists, fact sheets, skill sheets, family information cards, parent consent and contact cards.

Upon successful completion of the online course, students will receive certification stating that they have completed the American Red Cross Babysitting Basics course.

Another advantage of the online version of the course is the price. The cost of the course is $29.95, while the in-person training costs $85, because it is taught by a certified instructor. If you wish to sign up for either the online or in-person course, or learn more about them, click this link.

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Babysitting is Serious Business

ImageDid you ever read the Baby-sitters Club book series? I am totally dating myself but I used to LOVE those books. They were about a group of friends that started their own babysitting business. The series covered the ups and downs of the business, the friendships and of course the teen angst. I’m pretty sure I read all of the books and saw all of the movies. One of the things I liked the most about the series was the fact that these girls created a viable babysitting business. Naturally, I started my own babysitting business shortly after reading the books. I was missing one thing though. Actually, I think the girls in the book were missing it too – American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.

Babysitter’s Training from the Red Cross brings the best in child development and safety training. It builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. Just as importantly, it teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills. Having my mother a phone call away to answer any questions that popped up was great but I’m thinking about how much more confident I would have been had I had the Red Cross training. I would have learned valuable skills like:

  • Leadership training
  • The business of babysitting, including how to set your pricing
  • Understanding and caring for kids from 0 – 10
  • Safety skills: picking up, holding feeding, and diapering infants and toddlers
  • First Aid and more

All of the Red Cross chapters in Massachusetts are holding babysitting training this President’s Day. If there is a teen in your life that is thinking about starting a babysitting business, encourage him or her to take advantage of the day off from school and attend Red Cross babysitter’s training.

Classes are available at all Red Cross Chapters in Massachusetts: Beverly, Braintree, Brockton, Fall River, Haverhill, Hyannis, Leominster, Peabody, Pittsfield, Springfield, Waltham, Westfield and Worcester.

For pricing and registration information visit redcross.org/babysitting or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.