Online Babysitting Basics Course

Although every situation is unique, there are some universal babysitting skills and techniques that every babysitter should have. The American Red Cross Online Babysitting Course has been designed with this principle in mind and can help you deliver the care that families need. This course is 100% online, you can work at your own pace. 



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Program Details


Geared towards young individuals aged 11 and above, this comprehensive online course is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to become exceptional babysitters. Covering a wide range of topics, including infant and child care, safety measures, emergency protocols, age-appropriate activities, and effective behavior management, this course aims to empower students in their journey toward becoming responsible and competent babysitters. In addition, students will also gain valuable insights into the fundamentals of starting their own babysitting business. Through six interactive modules filled with engaging videos, activities, games, and practical tools, aspiring babysitters can enhance their expertise, expand their skill set, and efficiently manage their babysitting ventures. This course, culminating in a final exam, can be completed within approximately four hours. Upon successful completion, students will be rewarded with a printable certificate as a testament to their accomplishments. 

Just a few of the things our babysitting classes cover include:

  • Basic Care for Infants and Children
  • Basic First Aid
  • Child Behavior
  • Age-Appropriate Activities
  • Emergency Protocols
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Growing Your Business

Who Should Take This Course?

An American Red Cross Babysitting course would be beneficial for anyone who wants to:

Become a responsible and prepared babysitter:

    • Ages 11 and older: The Red Cross offers courses for this age group, including online and in-person options like "Babysitting Basics" and "Babysitter's Training." These courses teach essential skills like basic childcare, age-appropriate activities, child behavior management, emergency preparedness, and first aid/CPR/AED.
    • Anyone with limited experience: Even if you've cared for younger siblings, a formal course can provide structured learning and valuable certifications that may attract more families.

Enhance their childcare skills:

    • Parents, grandparents, or other caregivers: The knowledge and techniques learned in the course can benefit anyone who regularly looks after children, even if they aren't professionally babysitting.
    • Those already working in childcare: Completing a Red Cross course can demonstrate professionalism and commitment to continued learning, potentially leading to better job opportunities.

Build confidence and peace of mind:

    • Anyone feeling nervous about babysitting: The course can provide valuable knowledge and skills to handle unexpected situations and feel more comfortable caring for children.
  • Parents looking for qualified babysitters: Having a Red Cross-certified babysitter can give parents peace of mind knowing their child is in capable hands.


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Note: Continuing education courses are not included within this institution’s ABHES grant of accreditation