Babysitting & Child Care Preparation

Take care of the kids in your neighborhood when their parents can't be with them. Babysitting preparation courses from the American Red Cross can help you not only learn to watch over children while they're in your care, but it can help you build leadership and decision-making skills, choose age-appropriate activities, understand behaviors and give you the tools needed to help manage them, and more. Our best-in-class online and in-person training courses are developed and delivered by experts in the field – and can help you become a babysitter that families can rely on. Find a child care training course near you

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Develop Core Babysitting and Child Care Skills

In order to help you become a confident babysitter, our childcare preparation courses allow you to gain new skills and build on the skills you already have. By using interactive modules, real-world scenarios and traditional coursework, our classes will help you:

  • Provide care for infants and children
  • Learn basic first aid
  • Help children behave
  • Choose age-appropriate activities
  • Learn what to do in an emergency
  • Develop professionalism
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Build your business
In addition to our babysitting preparation courses, we also offer the option to take our First Aid and CPR/AED certification courses. Upon successful completion, these certificates are good for two years, and you can access refresher materials at any time during your certification period. This way, you'll not only have the training you need to become a better babysitter, but you'll also have the skills necessary for providing care during an emergency.

Why Train With the Red Cross

Red Cross CPR Training Saves Lives

Reid Heiser, Life Saver
One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

Red Cross training matters
For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

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Red Cross certification of completion on a tablet

Certification Made Simple. Fast. Easy. Digital.

The American Red Cross makes babysitting training and certification fast, simple and easy. And with Red Cross Digital Certificates you'll get anytime, anywhere access to your certificates; plus the ability to print, share, and download them wherever and whenever you like. Digital certificates can be viewed, printed or shared online and can be accessed anytime through your Red Cross Account. Each certificate includes a unique ID and a QR code which meets employment requirements and allows employers to easily confirm your certificate is valid. Class participants and employers can visit and enter the ID found on the digital certificate (or scan the QR code with a standard QR reader using a smart device) to access a copy of the valid certificate with student training information.

Click here for instructions on accessing your certification online.