So, you want to start a babysitting business but don’t have any money to spend.
Either you can’t afford to make the necessary purchases (which I don’t believe), or you are just too stingy to spend it even though it’s for your own business.
I did found some babysitting training classes that cost nothing. They are free of charge.
The free training I choose, only offered by Red Cross, is designed primarily for the U.S. region.
I am not sure if there are other free training available from other groups.
Well, I have not found any, and if I did find them, I still would not put them on this list because of how widely known the American Red Cross Group is.
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Most free training programs do not provide certification
Well of course.
They need to print, make a copy, use ink and buy hard papers to make your certification.
All of that requires money, and they give it to you free of charge?
It’s the Red Cross. We are the ones who should be giving money to them actually.
What you will found below is list of free trainings that have already been held before.
It’s a list of class meeting. I know, there is no need for me to list it below if it’s already taken place.
But the idea is, at least we know that the Red Cross does provide free training at a certain time.
And, each of the selected links below have contact number and email where you can easily ask them if there are any free classes available soon.
Or maybe, you can ask at their Expo Exhibition.
And after you do. Just come along. Because according to the list below, when they do attend an Expo or a public meeting they will run some free training too.
The free trainings usually cover topics such as how to deal with disaster, but still some of topics discussed will be CPR and safety awareness.
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Best List Free Training Classes by the Red Cross
This special FAP training design for K-12 youth level. It’s a 3-hour workshop, focusing on youth and ensuring that they know what to do if something bad happens in their communities, homes or even school. IT provides training so that they know how to react fast. Click link above to sign up for the workshop.
This free training for youth level and above emphasizes the need to reach out to as many of public as they can to share safety awareness knowledge. The class is called Be Red Cross Ready.
Again, it’s a training about how to react in a Disaster, along with training in some CPR and First Aid knowledge.
This link is to a complete list by the Red Cross of any free training that is planned by them.
You can just select which one you prefer and don’t forget to register.
This is what I meant above, when I mentioned that the Red Cross would participate in an expo or run a public meeting, and they will run free classes for 30 minutes.
If you are lucky, it will focus on babysitting.
If not, they will offer information about disaster safety awareness. But still, have some CPR and First Aid programs that you can follow.
Emma Reim acts as a Coordinator of one of the free trainings on disaster awareness.
We contacted Emma by email, but unfortunately, it seems like that her listed email in no longer in service. You may have to contact the numbers listed on that page.
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Well, I know, it’s not free. But at least you get it 15% cheaper than the normal price for a serious training. (Only available to people in Colorado)
For a complete list of available Red Cross trainings, please continue reading as I do offer some paid babysitting plan courses that you can try below.
Again, most of the above free trainings don’t provide any certification for you.
If you do want a certificate as approval for your business, you may need to consider some paid training classes.
Do you really want to participate in a course and get your certificate?
Yes, of course.
It’s good for your business.
According to the American Red Cross survey, by putting certification on your resume, your chance of being hired will increase when compared with someone who doesn’t.
77% of parents with children younger than 17 years old believe, teenagers should get some training before they begin babysitting.
80% of parents also agreed that a certified babysitter should be paid more.
But I’m shocked because the survey also found that nearly 30% of parents rejected potential sitters because of safety concerns. It should be 100%.
Below Link is Applicable for UK and Canada, too.
We are trying to make this post applicable for many regions outside the U.S., for example Canada, and UK.
But, if you are outside of these three countries.
Please don’t hesitate to mail us, or just leave some comments with your location and your preferred type of babysitting courses.
We will try to locate some places and links for you, if we can find it.
We will be adding a post for Australian very soon.
Paid Babysitting Course
1. Any course available on babysitting/cpr
Course list – https://www.udemy.com/childcare/
There are many courses available here, but just choose the Babysitting Course instead.
To reach the main central hub of the Red Cross in the United States.
According with their website, they have three types of courses that you can choose.
No .2 above, Advanced Child Care Training is a course that you can take online, too.
The different between these two is, for advanced it focuses more on the outdoor environment.
How you tackle child behavior and discipline, for example. Throughout learning, you will be presented with an animated virtual environment. Basic Babysitting at $29 is the course that you need to start with.
Even though, maybe there will be more varied topics of trainings out there compared with this.
But, who can doubt it if it is run by the Red Cross? At such an affordable price.
Plus, you do get a printable certificate with the completion of this program.
Below is the exact screenshot from the Red Cross’ website about their Basic Babysitting Online training.
Next up, the 3rd. Babysitting Training Classes. These still can be considered affordable compared with what you get during training.
If you are in the U.S., when you are browsing this “take a class” page from the Red Cross, they will ask you to fill in your postcode, so they can easily detect your location and direct you exactly where the nearest classes available.
These classes mostly run on Saturday (It looks like every Saturday for Washington D.C.).
With British Red Cross, It’s Even Better
You know what, at British Red Cross’ page they even provide some instructional videos explaining some normal situations that arise while babysitting.
It’s around 1 minute long and consists of quite a number of video examples that you can refer to.
For example, I choose Asthma Attack.
Looks very informative! It will definitely work as added to your skills, right?
Last But Not Least.
Please download Red Cross’ mobile app below.
It’s super useful,
Below the video was an introduction from Google Playstore pages.
I downloaded (stole) it myself so that I could provide a much better explanation for you guys. If I get any complaints about it, I will delete it ASAP. So, watch it now.
First Aid – American Red Cross – Android Apps on Google Play
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