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Red Cross offering Advanced Child Care Training

The American Red Cross is now offering Advanced Child Care Training, a course for people 16 years and older who are or plan to become nannies, sought-after babysitters or who are caring for kids for the first time in a residential setting.

“Parents often have a tough time finding good child care, and the Red Cross makes it easier to spot the best sitters,” said Kara Kelly, regional communication officer for the Iowa Region. “The new Red Cross Advanced Child Care Training course helps people become the best sitter they can by teaching exactly what to do in emergencies and typical child care situations.”

Parents value a well-trained sitter, as more than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills, according to a 2012 Red Cross survey. The course is also a good option for grandparents and other relatives who might want a child care refresher before watching young children.

This Red Cross course enables people to learn while having fun by blending tried-and-true information with digital learning techniques. Participants will learn the most common child care routines and behavior, along with safety inside and outside of the house. The course also includes Pediatric First Aid, CPR and AED training and certification.

Other features of the training include:

· 24/7 access to the self-paced, online training portion

· Hands-on skills training and assessment

· A resource center with downloadable skill sheets on child care subjects, lesson summaries, fact sheets, templates for resumes and business cards, administrative forms and age-appropriate activity ideas.

Advanced Child Care and Babysitter’s Training classes are available in central Iowa in May and June.

· Advanced Child Care Training w/Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 5/20, Des Moines Red Cross Office

· Babysitter’s Training, 5/17, West Des Moines Community Center

· Babysitter’s Training, 5/17, Ames Red Cross Office

· Babysitter’s Training, 6/7, West Des Moines Community Center

People who would like to sign up for the program should visit redcross.org/childcare for more information. The course is eight-and-a-half hours and costs $129. It combines two hours of self-paced online learning and six-and-a-half hours of in-person training and skills testing. Upon completion, course-takers will receive a two-year certification in both Advanced Child Care Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED.

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