The holidays are upon us, which means parties are being planned and the stress of finding an available babysitter—and not just any babysitter, but one that is good and can be trusted—is elevating parents’ blood pressure levels to new heights. Babysitting is often a teenager’s first business, and the first business lesson they learn is that during holidays the demand for a qualified sitter far exceeds the supply.
That’s why the American Red Cross is giving those in the Troy area ages 11-17 the chance to learn the skills they need while they are off school for the holiday break by offering a babysitting training course on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the American Red Cross office, 1314 Barnhart Road.
Babysitter 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.
In the class, students learn to:
• Respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more
• Make good decisions under pressure
• Communicate effectively with parents
• Recognize safety and hygiene issues
• Manage young children
• Feed, diaper and care for infants
• Start a babysitting business
The course results in a Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Certificate.
The price of the course is $85. Advanced registration is required. Signing up is easy—register online at redcross.org/take-a-class.