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 Oklahoma City 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.

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 Oklahoma City 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.

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 an Oklahoma City 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.

After completing one (or all) of our babysitting classes in Oklahoma City, you can enhance your skills and earn other important certifications by enrolling in additional Red Cross classes. Just a few of the options available include AED, First Aid, and CPR. Not only can all of these classes help you become a more capable babysitter, but they may even help you find additional employment opportunities. For complete information on all of the classes available in your area, check out our newest course schedule.

Whether you take one or all three of our child care and babysitting classes in Oklahoma City, you'll gain the skills and confidence you need to provide quality care to kids of all ages. In addition, you'll also have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and professionalism, and learn how to build your babysitting business. Sign up for one of our online or in-person courses to get started.