Created by industry-leading experts, our American Red Cross Babysitting Basics class covers a wide range of information that can help new babysitters, ages 11-18, gain the skills and confidence needed to care for infants and children. Babysitting is a great way to gain the experience needed for the job market or self-employment, especially for anyone interested in a career in childcare. The course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and includes information on:

  • How to care for infants and children
  • What to do in an emergency and how to stay safe, including CPR/First Aid
  • Choosing activities that are age-appropriate
  • Recognizing, understanding, and handling certain behaviors
  • Starting your babysitting business

The Babysitting Basics course culminates with a final exam. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a printable certificate that they can share with potential employers. Participants should bring water and snack. BFYMCA will provide participants with the following for use during the program and to keep: a folder, CPR mask, and printed course materials.

Pittsfield Branch

  • February 19, 2024 (12pm - 4pm)
  • April 13, 2024 (1pm - 5pm)
  • June 22, 2024 (8am - 12pm)

Bennington Recreation Center

  • February 20, 2024 (1pm - 5pm)
  • April 6, 2024 (1pm - 5pm)
  • June 23, 2024 (1pm - 5pm)

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Pittsfield Branch & Bennington Rec Center

Event Details

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 1:00pm to Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 5:00pm