East Providence teens can spend the first day of school vacation week on Monday, Feb. 18, Presidents Day, back in the classroom learning how to babysit.
The American Red Cross is offering its babysitter’s training class at the Red Cross office in Providence.
“The Presidents’ Day school holiday is a great opportunity to give your children this important training,” said Paul Shipman, American Red Cross spokesman. “The skills your child learns in this class will help them if they want to earn money babysitting, but will also provide skills to help them watch younger siblings and to be safer at home.”
The class is designed for teens ages 11 to 15. They will be taught some practical skills through video presentations, hands-on activities and discussion.
Students will leave with resources to help them get started as babysitters, including résumé and business card templates; a guide on “How to Ace an Interview”; a safety inspection checklist, and more.
Here is a list of what’s taught:
- Supervise children and infants
- Perform basic child-care such as diapering, feeding and dressing
- Choose safe, age-appropriate games and toys
- Handle bedtime and discipline issues
- Identify safety hazards and prevent injuries
- Care for common injuries such as burns, cuts and bee stings
- Communicate effectively with parents
- Find and interview for babysitting jobs
The class runs from 9 am to 4 pm. There is an $85 cost for the course, but it includes a Babysitter’s Training Handbook, Emergency Reference Guide and CD-ROM.
Students will receive a Babysitter’s Certificate after completing the course.
You can call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) to register or do it online at www.redcross.org.