Babysitting Class Offers More Than Just Safety

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Zoe Knight writes, This summer, I looked into becoming a babysitter.

This summer, I looked into becoming a babysitter. A few people had asked me if I was old enough to babysit or if I could babysit their kids. Babysitting sounded like a great way to make some extra money, but I wasn’t sure how to handle certain situations that might arise. So, I attended American Red Cross Babysitters Training. The classes are for ages 11 to 15, and are held at various Red Cross locations through out the metro area. The most important thing I learned was: safety comes first when babysitting. The training includes how to caring for kids, understanding children from zero to ten years in age, and being safe. Everything from feeding to playing with children is included, as well as your safety, the child’s safety, and hazards that can be found in any home. First aid instructions teach you how to handle an emergency, how to perform rescue breathing on children and infants, how to apply back blows and abdominal thrusts to a chocking child and infants, and using a set of steps to insure that everyone is cared for. It’s not free, but for $85 you get the training, plus a handbook containing many of the items gone over in the class, as well as a CD-ROM with a resume template and a Babysitter’s Report Record to write down the events that happened while you were watching the children, and an emergency reference guide listing emergencies A to Z. And if you use what you’ve learned, you’ll earn it back. There are two babysitter’s training classes. The advanced class teaches CPR, while the class I took does not teach CPR, but teaches rescue breathing and how to save choking children. To take a babysitter’s training class, go to www.redcross.org and search “Babysitter’s Training”. You can become a certified babysitter with the American Red Cross. Not only did I learn how to stop someone for choking, but I also learned tips on how to get a little kid to eat their vegetables.