Babysitting Basics (Red Cross)


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).