Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Mary Poppins Julie Andrews

Mary Poppins

 Fly off as a practically perfect nanny with style when you take the Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course. The American Red Cross is offering Babysitter’s Training courses during spring break for youth ages 11 to 15 years old to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Grab your parrot umbrella, and start your babysitter’s business with Red Cross today.


Supernanny Jo Frost

1. Child Health and Safety  The famous Nanny Jo would agree that the first priority of any babysitter is the health and safety of the children. Parents need to have a high level of trust in the babysitter’s skills and abilities to be responsible for their little ones. The course teaches bascic health and safety, including First Aid. Be Red Cross ready!  


Mr. Mom

 2. Basic Care  Learning how to properly hold and feed a child are just two of the important basic care skills that Red Cross teaches.  And, of course, how to change a diaper! Being capable of caring for children of various ages will help build your resume and reputation in the school neighborhoods.


Nana from Disney’s Peter Pan

3. Health and Medications  Always talk to mom and dad about allergies, medications, and any other special needs the children may have on your first meeting. Also, ask for a list of emergency phone numbers with family doctors, close neighbors, or other family members. Emergencies can happen any time. Red Cross can help you be better prepared through the interactive course agenda, including practice crisis situations.  

Mrs. Doubtfire - Das stachelige KindermŠdchen

Mrs. Doubtfire

 4. Have Fun!  As a babysitter, you have the chance to spend time discovering barrels of treasure on a pirate’s ship and attend the most magnificent royal ball just before teeth brushing time. Like Mrs. Doubtfire, enjoy your time with the children and make a positive influence on their lives.


Alice from the Brady Bunch

 5. Be a Role Model  Knowing how to better care for the young builds confidence to hold, feed, and care for infants and toddlers, work with children safely, and handle emergency situations. While babysitting, leadership becomes an imporant characteristic. Always use your manners and treat the household with respect. Call the parents if you have questions about rules, including dicipline and bed times.

The Babysitter’s Training course costs $85 and seating is limited. Students are encouraged to bring snacks and pack a lunch.

Someday, you could be a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny! Babysitting is a business and a great first entrepreneurial step for students. Use the Red Cross course to create a richer resume, interviewing skills, and business model. Check out these statistics about wages, relations, and certifcations:  Babysitting Stats

For more information on available classes, visit redcross.org/babysitting or search Red Cross classes at redcross.org/take-a/class.

Take a look at our previous post on how to “sit” like a pro this spring break!



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