Babysitting Classes in Birmingham
Babysitting is a job that comes with a huge responsibility. Fortunately, with the help of the American Red Cross, tweens and teens can prepare for the job – and earn the trust and respect of the families in their care. With leading science-based information on child behavior, feeding, choosing age-appropriate activities, leadership, and more, our online and in-person babysitting classes in Birmingham can help you become a capable, trusted babysitter.
Whether you're just starting to babysit or you've been working for families for years, Red Cross babysitting classes in Birmingham can help you not only improve your skills, but help you earn more. According to an American Red Cross poll, "parents want to entrust their children to babysitters trained in first aid, CPR and childcare skills, and more than 80 percent of parents believe that teenage babysitters should be paid more if they have these skills." This means that by successfully completing our babysitting training, as well as first aid and CPR certification courses, you can become a more trusted babysitter and have the power to earn more. Find a class in your area.
Advanced Childcare Training from the American Red Cross is designed for older teens and adults who provide babysitting services for their own family members or families in their neighborhood. Available online, this Birmingham babysitting training course provides participants with information on basic care, like feeding and holding, as well as child behavior, safety, discipline, and leadership. Activities and videos help reinforce learnings so that participants get the most possible from the course. Check our newest class schedule to enroll.
Note: The Red Cross Babysitting Program, including this course, is not intended as certification for state-licensed childcare providers and does not meet all state requirements for such certification.
For most parents, being with your child 100 percent of the time simply isn't realistic – and neither is counting on a family member to watch your little one every time you need to step out on your own. So, finding a babysitter you can trust is critical. But how do you know the person you're considering hiring has the skills needed to care for your child? One way to ensure your babysitter has received quality training is to look for someone who has completed one of our babysitting classes in Birmingham. Although certification can't speak to your sitter's personality, it can show you that he or she has taken the initiative to become trained in child care and understands how to perform a variety of tasks related to delivering quality care. And if the candidate holds a first aid/CPR/AED certificate, you can also rest assured that your sitter has received the training he or she needs to help your family in times of crisis.
At the Red Cross, we'll be here for you long after your Birmingham babysitting classes have ended. With online access to the Babysitters Training Handbook, you can review course information any time you need to refresh your memory on the skills and information covered in class. And if you choose to take a first aid/CPR/AED certification course, you can use our online refresher materials to keep your skills sharp and your memory fresh – and stay prepared to provide quality care when it's needed most.
All of our babysitting classes in Birmingham offer you the opportunity to earn a two-year certification that you can use to set yourself apart from other babysitters in your neighborhood. Once awarded, all of your certifications are accessible online, via a unique URL and QR code that you can provide to your employers. This way, you won't have to print up your certificates for every family you babysit for. It's free, convenient and paperless – and can help you stay organized.