Three Ways a Class Can Prepare Babysitters for the Job

Submitted by Gini Hoffman on June 22, 2020

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A babysitting class can ready teens and pre-teens for the joy of childcare, and for any challenges that may come their way.
 
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Taking a class can help future babysitters, and the families who employ them, to feel confident in their abilities. According to the American Red Cross®, 8 out of 10 parents surveyed said they would pay more for a sitter with a babysitting certification.
 

Here are a few things covered during a four-hour course:

  1. Professionalism: Starting off on the right foot with families is all part of the first-job experience. We walk future sitters through their first steps, such as arriving on-time and prepared to play, marketing themselves appropriately and safely, and how much to charge.
  2. Care basics: Participants will graduate this course knowing how to care for children of all ages. For infants, they will learn diapering, swaddling, feeding and safe comforting techniques. To help offer the children in their care a more fun-filled experience, the class will cover which toys and age-appropriate games are best for children of all stages. They’ll also learn how to reduce the risks of choking or injuries.
  3. Safety Preparation: Students also learn first aid such as bandaging, how to use an EpiPen and inhaler, when to call 9-1-1, what to do if a child is choking, what to do in case of fire and basic knowledge of CPR.
Classes are specifically geared for boys and girls ages 11-14, with a focus on providing quality childcare.  The experience of a babysitting class can give new babysitters the self-assurance they need to provide safe and enjoyable care to children of all ages and the certification parents prefer.
 
Gini Hoffman, R.N., is the Health Education Coordinator at Chesapeake Regional Healthcare. In this role she leads babysitting and other educational classes for the community. Hoffman also coordinates the Corporate Wellness Program, which brings wellness programs, flu shots and health screenings to any club or organization. For more information, visit chesapeakergional.com.