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Red Cross offers online babysitting course
The American Red Cross now offers Advanced Child Care Training for older sitters and nannies. More than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid, and childcare skills, according to a 2012 Red Cross Survey.
This course enables people to learn while having fun by blending tried-and-true information with digital learning techniques. Participants will learn the most common child-care routines and behavior along with safety inside and outside of the house. Other features of the training include: 24/7 access to the self-paced, online training portion; hands-on skills training and assessment; a resource center with downloadable skill sheets on child-care subjects, lesson summaries, fact sheets, templates for résumés and business cards, administrative forms, and age-appropriate activity ideas.
The course is eight and a half hours and costs $129.
Upon completion, course takers will receive a two-year certification in both Advanced Child Care Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. Advanced Child Care Training is not a licensing program and does not meet all state requirements for child-care centers or day-care providers.
For more information or to sign up for the program, visit redcross.org/childcare.
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