Get Ready for Manny Poppins

Boys can make great babysitters!

Is this the year of the “manny”? In the past month, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the Today Show and the Philadelphia Inquirer have all covered off on the increase in boy babysitters and male college graduates entering the nanny market.

Grant Hansen, who directed the development of the newest child care course offering from the American Red Cross, says having a male sitter when he was a kid “rocked.”

So when he saw the numbers of boys taking Red Cross child care classes, it was a no-brainer for him to include a male character as one of the four caregivers in the online portion of the course.

Training that matters.

But whether you’re thinking of a “manny” or a more traditional female sitter/nanny/au pair, now is a good time for you to learn about the new Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training course.

Designed for people 16 years and older, this new class covers the most common child care routines and behavior along with safety inside and outside the house. When sitters complete the course, they will receive a two-year certification in both Advanced Child Care Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.

If you’re a sitter, it’s worth checking out. Or if you’re a parent, think about investing in the course for your child care provider. Your kids will thank you for it.

Looking for courses for younger babysitters? Check out our courses for 11-15 year olds here.