Looking to enhance your Bambino sitter profile? One of the easiest ways to give yourself a boost is to take a babysitting course or certification. Showing you are CPR certified and listing your child care training in your bio, further highlights to parents why you would be the best sitter for their family.
For CPR and First Aid certifications, many cities and schools offer in-person training and certifications. Additionally, you can take virtual courses online on babysitting and child safety. Some course lengths are a few hours while others are more extensive and take a few days to complete. Here’s a roundup of the best babysitting courses you can do from your couch.
BabysitPro is an online, self-paced course that takes about 1.5 hours. The introductory course has several videos and short quizzes that take you through preparing to babysit, marketing yourself, and interviewing with parents. After completing all of the course content you will take a final quiz to earn your certification.
Best feature: Has different modules for different age groups. Advanced sitters can dive deeper into the age-specific skills they want to develop.
American Red Cross Online Babysitting & Child Care Classes
The Red Cross offers two different online babysitting courses. Basic Babysitting is for ages 11+ who are just starting out and want an introduction to caring for infants and children, choosing age-appropriate activities, and understanding child behavior.
Advanced Child Care Training provides in-depth training in leadership, child behavior and discipline, safety, and professionalism.
Note: The Red Cross also offers in-person First Aid and CPR training. Click here to search for a course near you.
Babysitter Boot Camp
Babysitter Boot Camp is designed for kids ages 10 -17 looking to start babysitting. You’ll dive deep into interviewing the parent to review house rules, dealing with fussy children, understanding basic CPR/AED and First Aid, and keeping children safe during an emergency. You’ll take a quiz after each lesson and receive a certification after completing the source.
Best feature: Babysitter Boot Camp lessons emphasize tips on sitter etiquette and professionalism.
Babysitting Certification Institute
The Babysitting Certification Institute provides online training for older children and teenagers to learn the basics of child care. It includes up-to-date information on Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, as well as links to current trends in entertaining kids with crafts, games, and other activities. You will receive your certification or recertification immediately after passing the online exam.
Best feature: You are not under a time limit on the exam and can take it as many times as needed.
Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Training
The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course trains participants how to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course is geared towards any child care provider and covers an extensive array of emergency situations. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years.
Note: Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online is the eLearning portion of the Blended Learning Course. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete a hands-on skills session with an AHA Instructor.
With any job, training is a must. A babysitting course is the best way to prepare for your first babysitting job. And for experienced sitters, a babysitting course can further your skills and keep you up-to-date on safety practices. Parents will feel safer having you care for their children, you’ll be a big hit with the kids, and you will feel more confident and prepared to handle things while the parents are out!
The next step? Put those skills to use! Find safe parents to babysit for with the help of Bambino. Bambino is a socially-connected app that helps sitters find parents, book jobs, and track payment.