The American Red Cross of Hancock, Seneca and Wyandot Counties is offering Babysitter’s Training to help provide local kids between the ages of 11 and 15 with the knowledge and skills they need to care for young children.
“Summer is the perfect time to take our Babysitter’s Training,” said Executive Director Todd James said. “It gives kids something to do during the long days of summer break, and more importantly, prepares them to be good leaders, role models, and budding entrepreneurs.”
Babysitter’s Training teaches young people how to care for infants and children, handle emergencies such as injuries and accidents, recognize safety and hygiene issues, and communicate with parents. It also provides materials to help them begin their babysitting career.
“According to a Red Cross survey, parents have more confidence in hiring a Red Cross-trained babysitter to care for their children,” said James. “They prefer hiring a sitter who has taken a class and knows what to do in an emergency.”
James says the training is also good for young people who are home by themselves or with younger siblings. “As children are out of school for the summer, many of them will be spending time home alone until their parents get home from work. Many are responsible for caring for their brothers and sisters. Babysitter’s Training is a great way to prepare them to have a safe and fun summer.”
The training will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. in Findlay from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more details and registration, contact the Red Cross at redcross.org/takeaclass or 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Cost for the Babysitter’s Training is $85. Students receive materials that are useful both during the course and when they start babysitting, including a compact emergency reference guide, an interactive CD-ROM featuring an activity booklet with games, songs, recipes and other activities, an electronic client organizer, and much more.
Last year, more than 125,000 youth enrolled in approximately 12,000 American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training courses. Certified instructors have been teaching these essential skills to young people for over 30 years.