Prepare for babysitting: American Red Cross course – August 24

Above: 12-15 yr olds can learn the skills they need to babysit with confidence through a one-day rec course. (Photo from American Red Cross website)

Southborough Recreation Department is again offering a one-day American Red Cross Babysitting course. It takes place Monday, August 24th, the week before school starts.

Enrollment is through next Friday. But last I checked, there were only 7 spots remaining. So register soon.

For $100, teens and tweens will learn skills important for any caregiver of infants and children to know.  The course is offered to 12-15 year olds, and runs from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. (Participants should pack a lunch.) 

Designed for the 12 year old and up who wishes to learn how to care for infants and children. The course is fun and fast paced with hands-on activities, exciting video, role-plays and lively discussions. You will learn to be the best babysitter on the block. You will gain confidence to make smart decisions and stay safe in any babysitting situation.

Topics to be covered are: supervise children and infants; perform basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding choose safe, age appropriate games and toys; handle bedtime and discipline issues; identify safety hazards and prevent injuries; care for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burns, cuts, and bee stings; communicate effectively with parents; find and interview for babysitting jobs.

You will receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook, Babysitter’s Training Emergency Reference Guide, and Babysitter’s Training CD-Rom.

Sign up through the Southborough Recreation Department online or using their program registration form.

Once you’ve taken the course, don’t forget you can use my free online bulletin board to post your availability to babysit. (Just please get parental permission first!)

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