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Babysitting Training Helpful For Caregivers

learn about the responsibilities involved in being a good babysitter...

Summer is just ahead and many parents are looking for someone dependable to watch their children. The American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course teaches caregivers how to be safe and responsible, qualities parents seek when deciding who will take care of their children when they are not at home.

Designed for 11 to 15-year-olds, the 6½ hour course teaches future babysitters how to:

  • Care for children and infants.
  • Be a good leader and role model.
  • Make good decisions and solve problems.
  • Keep the children and themselves safe.
  • Handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.
  • Write resumes and interview for jobs.
  • Safety is a key component of the course. Participants will learn how to safely get the word out that they are available to baby-sit. The course also covers what someone should do before saying “yes” to watching someone’s children, and what not to do when baby-sitting.

    The Babysitter's Training course helps participants learn about the responsibilities involved in being a good babysitter, and how to respond to almost any babysitting situation. Materials include:

  • A handbook with skill sheets featuring full-color photos of babysitters on the job that can accompany caregivers whenever they baby-sit.
  • An emergency reference guide. This at-a-glance guide is small and easy to carry to jobs and describes care for common injuries and illnesses.
  • A CD-ROM with business card templates; a resume template; My Baby-sitting Organizer to store client information; emergency preparedness information; a downloadable booklet with activities, games, crafts and recipes; and interactive exercises, including end of chapter quizzes, Safe House activity and a trivia game. The participant's CD-ROM also contains forms babysitters will use frequently when watching children.
  • Take a Red Cross First Aid Kit with you on your babysitting jobs..To register for Babysitter’s Training, or to find out more about the course, visit

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at