The American Red Cross is offering its Babysitter’s Training class on Monday, February 18. The course will be offered at Red Cross offices in Bethel, Darien, Farmington and New Haven.
“The Presidents’ Day school holiday is a great opportunity to give your children this important training,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “The skills your child learns in this class will help them if they want to earn money babysitting, but will also provide skills to help them watch younger siblings and to be safer at home.”
Designed for young people ages 11 to 15, “this course prepares you to become a great babysitter – and shows parents that you take this responsibility seriously,” Shipman said.
Participants gain practical skills and confidence through video presentations, hands-on activities and classroom discussion. Students will also leave with resources to help them get started as Babysitters, including résumé and business card templates; “How to Ace an Interview” guide; safety inspection checklist; and more.
Participants will learn how to:
• Supervise children and infants
• Perform basic child-care such as diapering, feeding and dressing
• Choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys
• Handle bedtime and discipline issues
• Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries
• Care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings
• Communicate effectively with parents
• Find and interview for babysitting jobs
Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Classes will be held at Red Cross offices in Bethel, Darien, New Haven and Farmington. Cost for the course is $85. The course fee includes a Babysitter’s Training Handbook, Emergency Reference Guide and CD-ROM. After successful completion, students will receive Babysitter’s Certificate. To register call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or register online at www.redcross.org.