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Red Cross offers babysitting & safety training for all

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

A recent poll shows that parents struggle to find trusted babysitters and are willing to pay more to teens with safety training like the Red Cross Babysitter Boot Camps being offered this summer.

The $200 camps aimed at teens 11-15 will be taught in two sessions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 9-13 and August 13-17, by experienced, certified instructors at the American Red Cross offices, 5297 Aero Drive, in Santa Rosa.

ORC International found that in the past 24 months, 55 percent of parents surveyed decided to stay home because they couldn’t find a babysitter. Thirty percent of parents also rejected potential babysitters because of safety concerns.

The Red Cross reports that parents are highly motivated to hire babysitters trained in first aid, CPR and childcare skills, and more than 80 percent of parents believe that teenaged babysitters should be paid more if they know how to help a child who is choking, recognize potential emergency situations, identify items that could be hazardous to small children, and give first aid for minor cuts and bruises.

Twenty-four percent of Americans pay between $6 and $10 an hour for someone to watch their children; 10 percent pay between $11 and $15 an hour; while 4 percent pay between $16 and $20 an hour, making babysitting a potentially lucrative option for qualified teenagers.

To register, go online at arcsm.org or call (800) 445-8210 for English, (800) 445-8223 for Spanish.

For more information, contact American Red Cross, 577-7627, redcross.org.

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