Red Cross Babysitting Training at your SD43 School – FAQ’s

Interested in hosting a Red Cross Babysitting class at your SD43 School?

If you’re a teacher or youth worker at an SD43 school, you may like to provide Red Cross Babysitting training for your students. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get from teachers and parents:

FAQ’s about hosting a Babysitting class

Q: How old do children have to be to take the Babysitting course?

A: Children must be 11 years of age or older (or must have completed Grade 5). The maximum age is 15 years.


Q: How long is a Red Cross Babysitting class?

A: A Red Cross Babysitting class is usually 8 hours long (7 hours of teaching time + breaks). There are usually at least 3 refreshment breaks during the day. Most classes start at 8:30 or 9:00am but we are flexible so let us know what works for your group.


Q: What is the maximum number of children in a Red Cross Babysitting class?

A: The instructor to participant ratio is 1:30 (one instructor per 30 participants). Special arrangements can be made for groups of 30+ children.

Scheduling a Babysitting class

Q: How far ahead do I need to book the class?

A: We take bookings up to 6 months ahead. The further ahead you book, the more chance there is that your preferred course date is available. Pro D days are very popular for Babysitting classes.


Q: On which days of the week can a Babysitting course be held?

A: The class can take place on a regular school day,  Pro-D day, during the school holidays or on a Saturday. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will check our instructor availability.


Babysitting Course Cost and Payment

Q: What is the cost of onsite Babysitting training?

A: Please contact us for current pricing and ask us to provide a quote for your school.


Q: How can families make their payments for the Babysitting course?

A: Option 1: Children can be registered online via a private link on Safe + Sound’s website.
     Option 2:  The school can collect payments and be invoiced by Safe + Sound.


Q: What does the course fee include?

A: The Babysitting course fee includes a Red Cross Babysitting book, participation certificate and mini first aid kit.


Training Room and Equipment Requirements

Q: What are the training room and equipment requirements for a Babysitting class?

A: The room must have some clear floor space as well as a seating area,  chairs for participants, a few long tables, whiteboard or blackboard, flip chart.


Q: Can a Babysitting course be held in a regular school classroom?

A: It depends on the size of the classroom and the number of participants. There are lots of activities included in a Red Cross Babysitting class so the more floor space, the better. A gym, multi-purpose room or library space works best.


Q: What are the qualifications of a Red Cross Babysitting course instructor?

A: The Babysitting course instructor is a certified Red Cross Youth Leader.

Red Cross Babysitting Course Content

Q: What topics are included in a Red Cross Babysitting class?

In a Babysitting class children learn how to:

  • Look after babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children.
  • Care for himself/herself and siblings when home alone.
  • Create a safe environment, and deal with phone calls and unexpected visitors.
  • React confidently in case of an emergency, such as choking, bleeding, poisoning or burns.
  • Cope with common problems, such as tantrums and crying.
  • Play games and organize activities to keep kids of all ages entertained.
  • Manage a babysitting business. This includes creating a resume and a business card and asking the right questions before accepting a babysitting job.

First Aid Content includes:

  • 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

Booking a Red Cross Babysitting Class for your school

For further information or a quote for a class at your school, please contact us

If you have a small group (less than 10 children) you may like to consider registering them on one of our public Babysitting classes in Coquitlam:

View Public Babysitting course schedule, Coquitlam

Book a class today and help children build valuable skills for a lifetime. Read 11 year old save’s mom with Red Cross Babysitter Training

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