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Red Cross Babysitter's Course

Do you have a pre-teen or teenager (11-15) who dreams of building a babysitting business? How do you know when your child is ready to care for children? This is THE program that teaches what adults really want teens to know about being a responsible babysitter.
 

Topics include:

  • How to be responsible and demonstrate leadership

  • How to make good decisions and manage difficult behaviours

  • Information on children's developmental stages and specific strategies for each stage

  • How to feed, diaper, dress, and play with babies

  • How to recognize and prevent unsafe situations, make safe choices and promote safe behaviours

  • First aid skills

  • The business of babysitting

Why Taking a Babysitting Course Matters

Taking a babysitting course is a very important step on your babysitting journey and is beneficial for many reasons. Not only is it an important way to build trust with the parents, but it is also a great way to build confidence and gain skills. Many young individuals take babysitting courses every year to learn about the ins and outs of babysitting, from safety tips, leadership skills and understanding children’s needs and behaviour.

Course Requirements

To participate in the Babysitter Course, each person must be 11 or older.

What to Bring

Bring a doll suitable for practice in diapering, burping, lifting, and swaddling.

Bring a list of 5 to 10 items you would put in a "first aid kit" you would take if you were taking the children to the park.

Bring your lunch, a snack if desired, and something to drink.

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