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American Red Cross Expands Lifesaving Courses

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More than 80% of parents say they would pay more for sitter trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio has added Advanced Child Care training to the roster of lifesaving health and safety courses available during the months of July and August.

Advanced Child Care

Advanced Child Care Training is a course designed for people 16 years and older who are looking to become nannies or sought-after babysitters, or who might be caring for kids for the first time. It combines two hours of self-paced online learning and six and a half hours of in-person training and skills testing. The online portion of the course uses advanced simulation learning to give the course-taker an immersive and engaging learning experience. This technology simulates child care and emergency situations so course takers can practice techniques and critical thinking skills. Course takers also get many helpful resources, such as activity ideas for various ages, downloadable sheets on things like spoon-feeding infants, lesson summaries and templates for résumés and business cards. Participants also receive Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification. Advanced Child Care Training is not a licensing program and does not meet all state requiremen ts for child care centers or day care providers.

“More than 80% of parents say they would pay more for sitter trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills,” said Tim Yenrick, regional CEO for the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. “People who take the new Advanced Child Care course learn meal planning, age-appropriate activities, drowning prevention, and much more. Plus, the first aid, CPR, and AED certification is included in the course, so it’s a great value too.”

Babysitter’s Training

For youth looking to improve safety awareness and supplement their summer résumé, the Red Cross also offers Babysitter’s Training. Designed for students age 11 and older, the course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for infants and children up to the age of 10. Topics include: responding to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing; making good decisions under pressure, communicating effectively with parents, recognizing safety and hygiene issues; managing young children, feeding, diapering, and caring for infants; and starting a babysitting business. Online and classroom courses are available.

First Aid and CPR

With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED courses teach attendees the skills to save a life. Participants learn how to respond to common first aid emergencies, how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in adults, the use of automated external defibrillators (AED), and more. Attendees also receive a two year certification and access to free online refreshers upon completion. Blended learning courses are available to allow flexibility to busy participants by completing their classroom training online and testing their skills in person.

People can visit or call 1-800 RED CROSS to register and learn more about available courses. Web-based courses require advanced registration.