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Babysitting Course
(Ages 11-15)

The Canadian Red Cross Babysitting course covers everything from managing difficult behaviours to essential content on leadership and professional conduct as a babysitter. Babysitting promises to deepen and enhance the responsibility that older youth feel when caring for younger children. This updated curriculum, complete with new science, also provides improved learning when it comes to giving the appropriate care in the event of an emergency.


Offers basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11-15 years old. Participants learn how to provide care to children in a variety of age groups, and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. The course also offers youth the skills to promote themselves as babysitters to prospective families.

Course Duration:

  • 7-8 hours


  • Minimum 11 years of age (or completion of Grade 5)

3-year certification in Emergency First Aid and CPR/AED Level  C

Course Content:

  • How to be responsible and demonstrate leadership

  • How to make good decisions and manage difficult behaviours

  • Information on children’s developmental stages, and specific strategies for each stage

  • How to feed, diaper, dress, and play with children and babies

  • How to recognize and prevent unsafe situations, make safe choices and promote safe behaviours

  • First Aid skills

    • Check, Call, Care (includes phoning EMS/911), glove removal, recovery position, conscious choking (adult/child/baby/alone), CPR (baby/child), illness, asthma (includes use of inhaler and spacer), anaphylaxis (includes use of EpiPen), poisoning, insect stings, wound care (i.e. minor cuts and scrapes, splinters, nosebleeds, bumps and bruises, life-threatening bleeding, burns), head, neck and back injuries, broken bones, seizures

  • The business of babysitting

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