2002-08-03 / Community

ARC Offers Babysitters

Training Class

Training Class

The Queens Chapter of the American Red Cross is pleased to announce that on August 17, 2002, it will introduce a babysitter's training class. This course, designed for adolescents 11 to 15 years old, will provide information and skills essential for a safe and responsible care of children. The course will be taught by a certified Health & Safety Red Cross instructor.

Participants will learn the responsibilities of a babysitter and develop skills covering a wide range of vital and practical knowledge. This includes safety and safe play in and outside the home, basic childcare, first aid, professionalism and leadership. The trainee will learn how to handle an emergency, prevent accidents and play with children of all ages. The curriculum will also teach such basics as diapering and dressing infants, how to feed an infant, food, and kitchen safety, hygiene for the child and babysitter, how to identify safe and unsafe toys and play.

The one-class training session will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the conclusion of the course, participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the program. This certificate may be used as a credential for babysitting employment. The trainee will also receive The American Red Cross Babysitters Handbook for future reference.

This course is ideal for new and experienced babysitters who wish to improve their ability to care for young children. Parents, who have depended on untrained babysitters, could benefit by having them attend the Red Cross class.

The cost of the babysitters training class is $60 per person. Class will be held at the Queens Chapter of the American Red Cross Chapter, 138-02 Queens Boulevard, Briarwood, NY 11435. To register, or for more information, please call (718) 558-0053 or (800) 514-5103.


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