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Babysitter training set for October

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The fun, fast-paced class includes hands-on activities, videos, role-plays and more.

Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business, so it’s important they learn from the beginning how to do the job right. That’s why the American Red Cross is hosting two Babysitter Training classes for youth ages 11-15 during the month of October. 

Babysitter’s Training from the American Red Cross builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and deal with emergencies. It also teaches lifelong entrepreneurial and career development skills.

The fun, fast-paced class includes hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials and discussion that teach the teenager how to:

• Perform basic childcare skills such as diapering and feeding.
• Choose age-appropriate games and toys.
• Handle bedtime and disciplinary issues.
• Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, and care for common injuries and emergencies.
• Communicate effectively with parents.
• Find and interview for babysitting jobs.

The cost of the class is $85, which includes a Babysitter’s Training Certificate from the American Red Cross, handbook and CD ROM. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To register, call 800-733-2767, or visit


Dates, times and location:

Sunday, Oct. 4, Noon to 6:30 p.m.
Babies R Us, Forest Park 
925 Cincinnati Mills Drive

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Blue Ash Recreation Center
4433 Cooper Road