Whether it’s shopping for presents or the office holiday party, the demand for babysitters is sure to increase. But in order to feel more relaxed and secure, parents and caregivers need to have a sitter they know has been trained in how to care for the safety and well-being of their child.
Each year, the Red Cross trains and certifies over 120,000 sitters nationwide through the Babysitter’s Training program. Course participants learn to administer basic first aid; properly hold and feed a child; take emergency action when needed; monitor safe play and actively engage your child; and be certified in Infant and Child CPR.
“Even if you only need someone to watch the children while you put up decorations or prepare a meal – you want peace of mind that your little ones are in capable hands. You should never just grab the first available person,” says Mike Zabko, CEO of the Southern Maryland Chapter. “If you don’t have a Red Cross trained babysitter near you and the office party is coming up or if you’re current sitter isn’t certified, make an early gift to a youth you trust by giving them a certificate to the next Babysitter’s Training class. It’s one gift that will give back to you over and again.”
The Southern Maryland’s Chapter Babysitter’s Training program is open to girls and boys 11 to 15 yrs. old and gives them the skills and confidence to be a great mother’s helper or babysitter, plus real-world experiences to help them develop leadership and communication abilities. The two day course is fun and fast paced with hands-on activities, exciting video, role-plays and lively discussion. Activities include Child and Infant CPR certification, Care for children and Infants, being a leader and role model, making good decisions, solve problems and stay safe handling emergencies such as illnesses, injuries and house accident. All courses are taught by an authorized Red Cross Babysitter’s Training instructor.
There’s no better way to relax and enjoy all the season’s festivities than knowing your children are in the care of a sitter trained by the foremost authority in safety, the Southern Maryland Chapter Red Cross.
For information on how to purchase Babysitter’s Training gift certificates or times and locations of upcoming classes, contact the Chapter at 888-276-2767 or log on to http://SouthernMaryland.redcross.org and select Classes to find times and dates for training.