• Babysitting & Child Care Education and Training

    American Red Cross babysitting training and Advanced Child Care courses can help you gain the skills you need to take care of the kids in your neighborhood when their parents can't be with them. Created for both young babysitters and seasoned child care professionals, our best-in-class training gives you the opportunity to sharpen your skills and become a safe, reliable babysitter. During your training, you can also choose to earn your First Aid and CPR/AED certifications (good for two years), which can help you learn how to provide care during an emergency. Online and in-person classes are available for participants of all ages.

    Find a child care training course near you and earn the certification you need.

    Babysitting and Child Care Courses

    Designed for new babysitters and childcare professionals alike, our childcare training courses allow you to gain the skills necessary to care for kids of all ages. The courses currently available include:

    • Babysitting Basics: Created for those ages 11 and older, our online babysitting training course can help you learn how to provide care for infants and children, understand what to do in an emergency, choose age-appropriate activities, recognize and handle a range of behaviors, learn how to start your own babysitting business, and more.
    • Babysitter's Training: Recommended for those ages 11 to 15, this course is designed to help participants develop leadership skills, build their business, help keep themselves and others safe, help children learn how to behave, and learn basic child care and basic first aid.
    • Advanced Child Care: Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to care for children and infants inside and outside of the home. The course delivers leadership training, child behavior and discipline training, as well as information on professionalism, safety, basic childcare, and more. (Note: This course is not intended as certification for state-licensed childcare providers and does not meet all state requirements for such certification.)

    To complement your child care training, we also offer First Aid and CPR/AED certification courses. These classes can not only help build your skills – and your resume – but can allow you to safely help others in times of need. View all Red Cross Babysitting and Child Care online safety courses here.

    How to Become a Babysitter at 11, 16 and Every Age In Between

    Whether you're in middle school and just starting out, or you're a high-school and college student who's been babysitting for a while now, it's important to have the skills needed to land those good-paying babysitting jobs. From knowing what to do in the event of an emergency, to being on-time and reliable, to bonding with the kids—there are some simple steps you can take to boost business—or just get your business off the ground:

    • Start with people you know. There are probably a lot of people you already know who need a good babysitter—from teachers and neighbors, to extended family, friends of your parents, or people you know through your community. It's important to use networking to find your first job or to boost your current babysitting business.

    • Highlight your skills. Once you start landing babysitting jobs, create a resume that includes up-to-date experience, safety certifications, skills, hobbies and any other pertinent information. (Be sure to ask your parents before posting any information online and don't share personal information, like your address, private email, phone number, etc.)

    • Set realistic goals. It's great to have a lot of paid babysitting jobs, but not at the expense of schoolwork, after-school activities, or valuable time with family and friends. While it's fine to take babysitting jobs that fit your schedule, leave plenty of time for other things, as well. Talk to your parents about their expectations. These considerations will help you become a reliable babysitter.

    • Know what to charge. Babysitting is an important job that comes with responsibilities, so be sure you're earning a fair wage. To determine your rate, talk with your parents, family members, experienced babysitters, older siblings, etc. A quick check online can also help you determine how much babysitters in your area are charging. In addition, be sure to get answers to the following questions, as all these factors will determine how much money you should be earning:
      • How many children will you be watching and for how long?
      • Are they infants, toddlers, or school-age kids?
      • Do the children have special needs/dietary requirements?
      • Will you be preparing meals, administering medication, tidying up?
      • Do they require help with homework?
      • Will you need your own vehicle to run errands or pick kids up from school?

    These simple steps can make for a more seamless process. The good news is the more jobs you land, the more skills and confidence you gain, and the more in-demand you become.

    Why Train With the Red Cross

    Red Cross CPR Training Saves Lives

    Reid Heiser, Life Saver
    One week after 17-year-old Reid completed his Red Cross CPR training, he needed to use it. In November 2011, Reid saved the life of Jim Hammer after he collapsed at the recreation center where Reid worked. Now friends, they share their story.

    Red Cross training matters
    For more than a century, we've prepared people to respond to emergencies of all sizes - from the everyday to the large disaster. Join the millions we train every year and learn the skills that can save a life.

    "Without my friend's training, I would not be here"
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