Where Can I Find Classes and Courses on Babysitting?
Tiffany Smith, Senior Associate Editor
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It is important to have the right credentials and training to start your babysitting career. A babysitting class is a great way to get the foundation you need. The American Red Cross Babysitting Courses give you the basic training a babysitter needs. Designed for 11 to 15 year olds, their Babysitter's Training Course is one of the most popular throughout the country. You can complete the course in just one day! To enroll, contact your local American Red Cross Chapter.

The YMCA also has excellent babysitting classes offered year-round. Check your local YMCA to see the schedule and appropriate ages for classes offered. If you cannot make it to a local American Red Cross or YMCA, there are some free online babysitting classes you can take. Safesitter.org is a great place to start and sometimes these courses are offered at local churches. You can also try Babysittingclass.com. This website even offers quizzes to see how much you already know about babysitting. 

In some communities, Local Park and Recreation Departments will offer babysitting courses. If your town doesn't offer any, see if you can request it. Some local high schools and local colleges will often host a course and if you are a member of the Girl Scouts (or Boy Scouts), they probably have programs where you can get the training you need. Both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will receive basic First Aid training and, in some troops, CPR certification.  

>>Have more babysitting questions? Return to the main Babysitting FAQs.

Tiffany Smith is the senior associate editor here at Care.com. She has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter @tiffanyiswrite.

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(4) Comments
I have a question my parents don't have time to talk me to a babysitting course is there a website I can go on to take m course online for free
July 14, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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Hi Da Dee! You would need to be 14 years old to create an account and apply to jobs. Once you are 14 you can create one of our Teen Profiles, which will need to be parent monitored until you are 18. If you have a profile you select your own availability, and can search for job based on the hours they need help too! I hope this helps!
March 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Da Dee
Da Dee
If you are child almost a teenager are you able to apply for jobs?? Also if we do sign up for jobs can we do it before and after school because we won't be able to do it during school??
March 14, 2014 at 8:29 AM
Da Dee
Da Dee
I took the red cross classes, and boy oh boy did they help!
July 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

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