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103 New Babysitters Certified on Babysitter’s Training Day

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These youths should feel confident they have the skills parents will be looking for when hiring prospective sitters.

On Saturday, May 3, 103 new babysitters received American Red Cross certification as part of Babysitter’s Training Day. These 11-15 year olds learned the skills needed to safely and responsibly care for children and infants during courses held simultaneously at nine different locations across the Western New York/Finger Lakes Region.

“I am thrilled that so many youngsters have taken advantage of this opportunity to jumpstart their babysitting careers,” said Nancy Blaschak, Regional CEO. “Thanks to the training they received during Babysitter’s Training Day, these youths should feel confident they have the skills parents will be looking for when hiring prospective sitters.”

Parents value a well-trained sitter, as more than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills, according to a 2012 Red Cross survey. The American Red Cross regularly offers Babysitter’s Training for people ages 11-15. For more information and a schedule of upcoming classes, visit www.redcross.org.

The Red Cross has also recently launched an Advanced Child Care Training course for people 16 years and older who are or plan to become nannies, sought-after babysitters or who are caring for kids for the first time in a residential setting. This Red Cross course enables people to learn while having fun by blending tried-and-true information with digital learning techniques. Participants will learn the most common child care routines and behavior along with safety inside and outside of the house. The course also includes Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. People who would like to sign up for the program should visit redcross.org for more information.