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Mother and Baby

Babysitter's Training


Course Information

This Atlanta, Georgia area Babysitter Training course from the Safety Penn Training organization is authorized by the American Red Cross and is designed for those ages 11 and older. It is delivered in a traditional classroom setting with caring, compassionate and knowledgeable instructors who can help the students understand the proper techniques for caring for infants and children they are babysitting. This babysitting training course helps the attendees become more capable and confident babysitters.


This course is instructor-led and interactive with the students with hands-on demonstrations and skills practice using infant CPR manikin dolls. During COVID-19 there will be social distancing protocols in place.

Babysitting and Child Care Course Purpose

  1. To train youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants.

  2. Help participants to develop leadership skills.

  3. Keep themselves and the children they are watching over safe

  4. Students will learn the following skills from this class:
    Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. 
    Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering, spoon-feeding and behavior management.
    First Aid and Rescue Skills: Students learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses, injury prevention and management, and choking rescue. We will cover basic CPR, choking management and basic first aid in the class as well.
    Life and Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet prospective employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays such as parent interviews. A general discussion about the babysitting business will also be discussed.

Course Prerequisites

Attendees must be at least 11 years old.

Who Needs this Course?

Individuals who want to be qualified to handle almost any situation when it comes to child care.

Babysitting and Child Care Training Learning Objectives 

The following is a summary of the learning objectives from the Safety Penn Training organization for training individuals who want to be more confident and skilled when babysitting:

  • Identify role modeling, respect, communication, motivation, taking action and decision making. Emphasizing important leadership skills needed as a babysitter.

  • Discuss the business of babysitting – how to interact and communicate with the parents/legal guardians of the children, discuss money, hours, etc.

  • Discuss how to use safe and appropriate techniques for finding babysitting jobs

  • Apply the FIND decision making model to common babysitting situations - Figure out the Problem, Identify Possible Solutions, Name Pro's and Cons, Decide best solution and act

  • Role playing on how to make good decisions under pressure

  • Discuss how important play is for children’s growth and development and ideas for what are age-appropriate games and activities

  • Identify and apply the emergency steps of CHECK-CALL-CARE

  • How to recognize an emergency and when it’s time to call 9-1-1

  • Identify who to call and when to call in different emergency situations

  • How to respond to emergencies with first aid, rescue breathing and more

  • Understand the differences between life threatening and non-life threatening emergencies

  • Describe how to check a conscious child or infant

  • Recognize safety and hygiene issues

  • Managing young children

  • How to care for bleeding and burns

  • Feed, diaper and care for infants

  • Demonstrate the following:

    • Wash hands

    • Properly remove disposable gloves

    • Pick up and hold and infant and toddler

    • Bottle-feed an infant

    • Spoon-feed an infant or toddler

    • Diaper an infant or toddler

    • Help a conscious child or infant who is choking

    • Check an unconscious child or infant

    • How to give care to an unconscious child or infant who is not breathing

    • Steps to control external bleeding



A currently authorized American Red Cross Babysitter's Training instructor will be instructing the on-site class.

Certification Requirements

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Be on-time to class

  • Be attentive and participate throughout the entire training

  • Demonstrate competency in all observable skills

Certification Validity Period

Not applicable.

Required Class Materials

American Red Cross Babysitters Training information participant's set (purchased directly from the American Red Cross website (Item ID 655633) 


Cost:  $16.95

Cost, Course and Length

The American Red Cross Babysitters Training course:

  • In-person (Classroom only)training*:

    • 6 hours and 30 minutes

  • With Pediatric CPR

    • 8 hours ​

  • Cost: $130.00 *prices may vary by facility


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