This course provides basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11 to 15 years old. Participants will learn how to provide care to younger children in a variety of age groups, and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. The course also offers youth the training to promote themselves as a babysitter to prospective parents.

This course is offered in-class only.

The amount of teaching time required for the course is 7 to 8 hours.

View the course calendar to see when this course is being offered.  Due to the limited interest in this course it is not frequently offered.  Private courses are available at discount prices.  Contact the office if you are interested in a private course.

Minimum 11 years of age, or completion of grade 5.

In order to complete the course you must attend 100% of the course, and demonstrate the skills to the standard set by the Canadian Red Cross.  Upon completion you will receive a course certificate.

There is no recertification option for this course.

The content is divided into the following topics:

  1. How to be responsible and demonstrate leadership
  2. How to make good decisions and manage difficult behaviours
  3. Information on children’s developmental stages, and specific strategies for each stage
  4. How to feed, diaper, dress, and play with children and babies
  5. How to recognize and prevent unsafe situations
  6. First aid skills
  7. The business of babysitting

The participant will receive an Babysitting course manual.  Upon successful completion the participant will receive a wallet sized certification card.  Laminating the card and/or purchasing a wall sized card are available as optional add-ons.

What is the age requirement for the course?

Each participant must be at least 11 years of age, or have completed grade 5.

What are my options if I am unsuccessful in the course?

The instructor delivering the course is ultimately responsible for determining if you are successful or not, as by signing your certification they are stating they have determined you meet the requirements as set out by the curriculum and in theory could be held legally accountable in certain situations.  That being said each instructor has the leeway to assess the nature of your course outcome and determine if the result was truly due to lack of understanding and demonstrating the skills, or if it was another reason that shouldn’t cause you to be unsuccessful.  If the instructor ultimately decides that you do not meet the requirements you can contact the office and seek a review.  The review does not promise a favourable result.

Can I take a recertification course?

As this is not a certification course, there is no recertification option.

What If I Have A Question Not Listed Here?

Contact us by phone (647-528-LIFE [5433]), by e-mail (, or by filling out our contact form on this website.

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