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Babysitting Basics training 

The Babysitting Basics course from the American Red Cross gives children ages 11 and older a foundation on which to build their babysitting business. Designed for new babysitters or as a Refresher course, this course delivers information clearly, concisely, and interactively – and it's the perfect way for young people to learn about all of the responsibilities that come with the job.

In The Course

Created by industry-leading experts, the American Red Cross Babysitting Basics class covers a wide range of information that can help new babysitters gain the skills and confidence needed to care for infants and children. The course is covered over a 2 day period and takes approximately 4 hours each day to complete and includes information on:

  • How to care for infants and children
  • What to do in an emergency and how to stay safe
  • Choosing activities that are age appropriate
  • Recognizing, understanding, and handling certain behaviors
  • Starting your babysitting business

The Babysitting Basics course culminates with a final exam. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a printable certificate that they can share with potential employers (parents of the children they will babysit).

First Aid CPR aED Training for kids

Available as a complement to the Red Cross Babysitting Basics class is our First Aid training and CPR/AED certification course. This class allows kids to gain the skills needed to provide first aid care, administer CPR, and use an AED correctly. Kids who successfully complete this course receives a two-year certification. This course takes 5 hours to complete.