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August Babysitter Training

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Carrying these skills offers credibility to babysitters and ease of mind for parents.

The only better option than having grandma down the street to watch your kids is having a Red Cross-trained babysitter on duty. When trusted with the responsibility of someone else’s child, it is crucial to be prepared with the appropriate knowledge and skills. Red Cross Babysitter’s Training is a fun, fast-paced class that includes hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials, and discussion that will teach the teenager how to:

• Perform basic child-care 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.

Carrying such skills offers credibility to babysitters and ease of mind for parents. Red Cross Babysitter’s Training puts teens one step ahead in the babysitting game and allows them to do their job to the best of their ability. Do you already have a trusted babysitter? Suggest this class to them so they are able to further advance their skills.

This month’s local training session takes place Saturday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at our chapter headquarters (1314 Barnhart Rd. in Troy.)

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 1-800-733-2767, or visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class.