Babysitting Certifications, Licensing, and Education

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Once you have decided that a babysitting business is the right choice for you, it is extremely important that you begin educating yourself about anything and everything that has to do with child care. This can and should include a basic course on babysitting, CPR, and first aid. Even if you have decided not to include infants and young toddlers as customers, you should still be knowledgeable and preferably certified to administer basic life saving measures to a child of any age. Even experienced babysitters who have not completed any type of formal training should make this a priority. Your experience, qualifications and completed training will all help to determine the price that you can charge for your services. Be sure that the training you sign up for is from a reputable source that can document or certify your completion and passing of each course.

There are many free babysitting courses available online to choose from as well, but many do not provide any type of certification of completion. The American Red Cross is an excellent source of information for education and training for babysitters. Their website states 8 in 10 surveyed parents said they would pay more for a trained babysitter who holds Red Cross babysitter certifications (American National Red Cross, 2014).

For Red Cross classes that cannot be located near your place of residence, they now offer several online courses in addition to their traditional classroom style training. Both the classroom style and online courses provide a printed or printable certification once you have completed and passed the course. Red Cross certifications are valid for two years. Access the Red Cross website at to find a complete list of training courses and certifications near your location by typing in your zip code. They offer a multitude of courses from babysitting basics to advanced childcare and much, much more.

Here is a list of just some of the types of training and educational courses that will benefit you in your babysitting business:

  • – Babysitting Basics
  • – Advanced Child Care
  • – CPR for Infants and Children
  • – Water
  • – Safety
  • – Lifeguard Certification
  • – First Aid Course
  • – Fire Safety
  • – Nutrition Basics for Children
  • – Choking First Aid

Local hospitals, the YMCA, fire and police stations, and your local community colleges are also great places to get additional information from in regards to any other specific types of training in which you are interested. Always remember to make sure that you will be able to provide documentation of your education and training that you have successfully completed. Your clients will also be happy to know that you are serious about your business. Any continuing education courses that you plan to attend will certainly add to your appeal as a prospective babysitter to most families. Keep in mind that many certifications that you may receive could have expiration dates, as courses and training can be changed and updated constantly. Make sure that you continue to keep any of your training up to date by re-obtaining any certifications before they expire.

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While you are in training, you can still gain some real time experience with children by asking family members, friends, or neighbors that know you if you can play and interact with their children while the parents are present until you feel comfortable with and begin to understand what a parent or caregiver is expecting from you. If you have limited experience with children, older toddlers and school aged children would be a good age to begin with as you start taking babysitting jobs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you know any experienced babysitters they are also an excellent source of information for most questions you may have.

Don’t overlook any special talents or education that you may already be trained in or familiar with, as these can also be considered a plus for a potential client. Specialty areas like arts and crafts, music, photography, fluency in a second language, or culinary talents are an excellent way to distinguish yourself from your competition and help you to keep a child entertained and teach them a new skill at the same time.

As long as it is age-appropriate, involving the children that you babysit in your hobbies and passions for a particular activity is one of the best ways to keep children entertained. Your enthusiasm for any activity will certainly make a difference in the way that a child will pay attention, interact with you, and have fun at the same time.

Most states do not require a babysitter to have a license to conduct business, although your state may have a minimum age requirement to be a babysitter. If no current law exist in your state regarding babysitting there may still be guidelines to be followed. Keep in mind, however, that licensing requirements, and laws for babysitting and child care are set by each state individually, and most of the laws that are in place pertain to child care facilities and child care homes. Some states have given the responsibility of setting laws and guidelines for babysitters up to each county or locality. For example, although you may not need a license to babysit a child or children in their own home, your state may require you to obtain a license if state and local governing agencies. The website allows you to click on each state to get more information about licensing requirements. Laws and requirements can change frequently so always be sure to keep yourself up to date on current laws and licensing in your state or county regarding your business or babysitting guidelines in general. If you are starting a babysitting business outside of his is an excellent way for beginners to learn not only what age range of the United States, always be sure that you fully understand any legal requirements for your local were to babysit children in your home.

Each state has a different set of rules and regulations governing child care and you can learn more about your state’s requirements by contacting your local government services.

Chapter 5 - Babysitting Insurance and Legal Matters

All businesses should be aware of and consider any possible legal issues that may arise. This certainly includes proper local and state licensing or certification requirements, but another extremely important matter is the issue of liability. In the unfortunate case of an accident, illness, or injury, who would be held responsible? Depending upon where you are babysitting, in your home or in the home of the child, you may decide that you need to obtain the appropriate insurance.

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