Online Class: Professional Babysitting Skills

This course is designed to provide beginning babysitters with advice and tips for caring for kids of all ages. It will also help a first time babysitter to know how to prepare and market themselves, how to interview and get the job, and finally how to function safely and effectively after getting a babysitting position.

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Course Description

Mastering the Art of Babysitting: A Comprehensive Course for Beginners

Stepping into the world of babysitting can be both exhilarating and daunting. As caregivers for the next generation, babysitters play a pivotal role in a child's upbringing, even if for a brief period. This course is meticulously crafted to arm aspiring babysitters with the necessary skills, strategies, and understanding to ensure they are not just competent but also the most sought-after in the field.

Why This Course?

Every parent's prime concern is to ensure their child's well-being and safety in their absence. This course equips new babysitters with tools to assure parents of their capability. By taking this course, you're not merely preparing for a job; you're setting the groundwork for a rewarding venture where you'll touch the lives of many families.

Course Overview:

  • Lesson 1: Foundations of Babysitting - An introduction to the role and responsibilities of a babysitter. Understand the expectations parents have and the trust they place in you.

  • Lesson 2: Crafting a Babysitter's Blueprint - Strategy is key. Learn how to plan your babysitting sessions, from activities to possible challenges and their solutions.

  • Lesson 3: Nailing the Interview - First impressions matter. Master the art of presenting yourself professionally, addressing parental concerns, and highlighting your strengths during an interview.

  • Lesson 4: Beyond the Interview - Starting Strong - Understand the nuances of the first few days on the job, building rapport with kids and instilling confidence in parents.

  • Lesson 5: Engaging and Guiding - Activities & Discipline - Discover a treasure trove of age-appropriate activities and learn effective, compassionate discipline techniques that foster trust and respect.

  • Lesson 6: Ensuring Safety Indoors - Dive deep into the principles of indoor safety. From child-proofing homes to emergency protocols, we've got you covered.

  • Lesson 7: Outdoor Vigilance - Whether it's a day at the park or a backyard adventure, understand how to keep children safe and engaged outdoors.

  • Lesson 8: Nutritional Needs & Feeding - Decode the dietary needs of kids across different ages. Handle meal prep and feeding times like a pro!

  • Lesson 9: Routine Care - Bath & Nap Time - Grasp the essentials of two critical aspects of a child's day. Ensure safety, hygiene, and comfort.

  • Lesson 10: Handling Special Circumstances - Every child is unique. Equip yourself to manage special needs, allergies, or other unique circumstances with care and expertise.

Building on Your Skills:

While this course provides a solid foundation, continuous learning is vital. To further bolster your credentials and abilities, we recommend pursuing First Aid and CPR courses, such as those offered by organizations like the Red Cross. Such certifications can make a significant difference in emergency situations and can also enhance parents' trust in you.

Who Should Enroll?

Whether you're a high school student looking for a part-time gig, a college student aiming to fund your education, or simply someone who loves kids and wants to make a difference, this course is tailored for you. Even if you have some experience, the course offers insights that can refine your skills and elevate your babysitting game.

The Promise:

Babysitting is more than just a job; it's a responsibility, a joy, and sometimes a challenge. Our course promises not just knowledge but the confidence to apply it. By the end of this journey, you'll be more than just a babysitter; you'll be a childcare specialist, ready to make every babysitting session memorable, safe, and enriching.

Join us in this transformative experience and unlock a world of opportunities in the realm of childcare. Sign up today and take your first step towards becoming the best babysitter in town!

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Course Motivation

You may have often heard the phrase, "What you don't know can't hurt you," or "Ignorance is bliss." However, in today's high tech world, knowledge is the key to success, and people with knowledge are in demand. Whether you are a scientist, doctor, mechanic, or babysitter, having the right knowledge is very important.

Very simply, knowledge can be defined as: things you need to know before you can do something. For example, before you can drive, you need to have someone give you driving lessons. Driving lessons give you the practical knowledge and training to pass your driving test, and become a good driver.

Similarly, this course will give you the practical knowledge to put together your own recipe for success as a great babysitter.

Becoming a Great Babysitter

To become a great babysitter, you need to know about everything in this course. Each section of the course will take you through these important facts. Here are some of them:

1.   Important qualities you need to have as a great babysitter, and how to get these skills.

2.   To be a successful babysitter, you need to know your responsibilities, and also the responsibilities of the people hiring you. You also need to know how to make sure both you and the adults hiring you live up to these responsibilities.

3. You need to know how to prepare and present yourself, and how to interview adults to get all the information necessary to help you do a great job.

4.  You need to understand that the children's safety, and your personal safety, are most important while babysitting.

5.   You need to know how to feed, dress, bath, play, console, discipline, and take care of minor cuts or bruises, as well as any major emergencies that might arise while you are in charge.

6.   You need to know how to handle any special circumstances you may have with the child's parents, how much to charge, and how to collect your money.

How This Course Works

This course helps you remember things by making you think about them, then helps you plan a course of action, and finally, helps to put your plan into action.

Thinking About Becoming a Babysitter

Think of why you want to be a babysitter.

  • Do you like caring for kids?
  • What ages of kids do you want to care for?
Infants (not recommended if you are under 18 years old)
Toddlers (ages 1-2)

Preschoolers (ages 3-4)

School age (age 5 and older)

  • Can you balance your school work and babysitting?

  Will babysitting affect your school work?

  What types of children will you be able to handle, and perhaps do your school work at the same time you are babysitting them?

  • Can you balance your social life and babysitting?

  Are you willing to sacrifice spending time with friends, going to the mall, or other social activities?

  • Can you take a babysitting or first aid course?

  Again, will it affect your school work or social life?

Think about the qualities of a babysitter:

  •   Are you responsible around the house? People will leave not only their children, but their homes, in your care and you must be responsible to make sure the children are taken care of, and everything in the home is the way the parents left it when they return.
  •   Are you safety conscious? The safety of the child, and your personal safety, are very important when you are a babysitter.
  •  Can you put the needs of the kids before your own? You will often need to put the needs of an unhappy child before your personal need to finish your homework assignment.
  • Can you handle problems with discipline? You may have to be the peace maker between quarreling siblings without taking sides, or discipline children for not doing what you ask them to.
  •   Can you respect people's privacy? Remember, you will be in their homes and should keep away from drawers, e-mail and other personal information.
  •   Do you panic easily? Or are you able to handle emergencies in a calm manner?
Think About It
  • Think of the types of kids you want to babysit. (Infants, toddlers, or children)
  • Remember, you may not be allowed to babysit infants if you are under 18 years of age.
  • Try to remember the qualities of your own babysitters. What did you like and dislike about them?
Most Important
  • Think about the real reasons you want to babysit.

 Is it simply to earn pocket money? Remember, babysitting is not easy, and if this is your only motivation for taking on the job, this may not be the best job to be involved in.

Write It Down

Put your thoughts down on paper as bullet points, similar to what this course is doing. It will help you remember things when you have to discuss them with someone, and also when you go to the next step, which is your plan.

Things to Consider

Now that you have thought things over and decided that babysitting is really what you want to do, you can put together a plan of action. However, before you begin planning, discuss your thoughts with your parents if you're under 18 because:


  • You may need to have your parents' permission to babysit if you are under 18 years of age.
  • You will need dependable adults to support you in case of an emergency while babysitting.
  • You may need transportation from your home to your babysitting location.
  • You may need to know some of the laws governing babysitting that apply to your area.
  • You may want to take a babysitting course, like the one offered by the American Red Cross, and will need your parents to enroll you in it.
  • You may have to buy a babysitting toolkit and want your parents to help you get it.


Once you have gotten your parents' approval, you are ready to start on your next phase -- the plan -- which we will talk about in this course as well.

Having the right knowledge and skills is a big plus in making you a great babysitter that everyone wants to hire. Thinking, planning, and finally, working according to your plan, is the best way to meet your goal. This lesson introduced you to the basics of what you need to think about, know, and discuss with your parents before you begin to put your babysitting plan together.
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Babysitting Basics

Welcome to the babysitting course, and congratulations. By taking this course, you are giving yourself a head start in learning about the challenges of babysitting, and how to overcome them. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Babysitting; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Motives for Taking this Course
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz: Babysitting Basics

Lesson 2: A Babysitter's Plan

The last lesson discussed what you needed to think about, and to do, to become an effective babysitter. This lesson talks about putting a plan together, and learning the things you need to know to become a good babysitter. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Age Range
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz: A Babysitters Plan

Lesson 3: The Interview

In the last lesson, you learned how to prepare and market yourself as a babysitter. This lesson talks about the next step in the process -- the interview -- and what you need to say and do to get the job. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Pay Range
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz: The Interview

Lesson 4: Becoming the Babysitter

In the last lesson, you learned how to successfully interview for the job of a babysitter. This lesson discusses what to do, and what not to do, when you are in charge of taking care of children -- and how to practice what you have learned in previous les 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Siblings
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz: Becoming the Babysitter

Lesson 5: Activities and Discipline

In the last lesson, you learned what to do, and what not to do, while you are in charge. This lesson discusses activities you can share with the kids, and how to handle discipline problems with kids of all ages. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz: Activities and Discipline

Lesson 6: Indoor Safety and Security

One of the goals of this course has been to emphasize safety in all aspects of babysitting. This lesson is all about indoor safety, and things you should look out for and do to prevent accidents while babysitting. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz: Indoor Safety and Security

Lesson 7: Outdoor Safety and Security

This lesson looks at safety and security of yourself and the children in your care when you are outdoors. Just as you should be watchful about things that could cause you and the kids harm indoors, the outdoors can be even more dangerous. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz: Outdoor Safety and Security

Lesson 8: Caring for Kids - Feeding

This lesson is about food preparation for kids of different ages,the dos and don'ts of feeding, and food safety. As a babysitter, you should know how to prepare simple meals for both toddlers and older children. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz: Caring for Kids- Feeding

Lesson 9: Caring for Kids - Bath and Nap Time

This lesson is about the pros and cons of bathing children and putting them to bed. Bath time and nap time can be quite challenging if you are unprepared. In this Lesson, you will learn how best to handle giving a baby or toddler a bath, including safety. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz: Caring for Kids - Bath and Nap Time

Lesson 10: Special Circumstances

The final lesson in this course discusses the special circumstances you may have to handle as a babysitter. It covers basic first aid, caring for sick kids, collecting your payment, and many other topics you need to know about as a babysitter. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz: Special Circumstances
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the basic functions of a babysitter.
  • Summarize the babysitting plan.
  • Demonstrate how to conduct an interview.
  • Describe the processes involved in becoming a babysitter.
  • Summarize the appropriate activities a babysitter should utilize.
  • Summarize indoor and outdoor safety and security
  • Summarize the proper methods and procedures for feeding kids.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Professional Babysitting Skills
Course Number: 7550246
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (2,601 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: March 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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