• Babysitting Classes in Moline

    Babysitting is often one of the first jobs available to tweens and teens, but aside taking care of their siblings, most sitters have little in the way of training. However, with babysitting classes in Moline from the American Red Cross, you can gain the skills and confidence needed to take care of the kids in your neighborhood – competently, and confidently. Our online and in-person courses cover a wide range of topics, including child behavior, choosing age-appropriate activities, and keeping kids safe, as well as leadership, and starting your own babysitting business. We even offer First Aid and CPR classes to help you become even more skilled at delivering care when and how it's needed most.

    In Moline, babysitting classes from the American Red Cross deliver science-based information that can help tweens, teens and others provide care in a way that's safe and effective. In fact, our programs, including our babysitting certification courses, are developed and reviewed under the guidance of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, a 50+ member panel of nationally recognized experts from a variety of scientific, medical, and academic disciplines, so you can rest assured that you're getting the latest proven information. To enroll in an in-person or online class, review our newest course schedule.

    When searching for a babysitter who can provide quality care and support to your family, it's important to look for someone who is capable and gets along well with you – and interacts well with your children. One of the ways to do this is to look for someone who holds a Moline babysitting certification from the American Red Cross – this way, you can check his or her credentials online and gain a thorough understanding of the training your potential sitter has received. Secondly, call the sitter's references and have an honest discussion about his or her experience with the families served. And finally, talk with the sitter alone, as well as with your child. Watch how the sitter interacts with your little one while you're in the room – and while you're not. In the end, you'll need to hire someone you're comfortable with, so do a "gut check" and trust your instincts. After all, the health and care of your family depends on this person – and if you don't, for any reason, believe they'll do a good job, then you owe it to yourself to find someone who will.

    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 Moline 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.

    In addition to offering babysitting classes in Moline, the Red Cross also offers First Aid/CPR/AED classes that can help you learn how to provide care for infants, children and adults. By augmenting your babysitting certification with a two-year certification in first aid/CPR/AED, you can show the families you work for that you're committed to providing their children with quality babysitting care, and that you're prepared to help them if ever they're injured or become ill. This can not only provide families with added peace of mind, but with the skills you'll gain through our first aid/CPR/AED class, you can also command a higher hourly rate. For more information on all of our classes, check our newest course schedule.

    At the Red Cross, we'll be here for you long after your Moline 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 Moline 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.