Many girls get their first job babysitting. You might get paid a little to take care of your younger siblings while your parents are away from home for the evening or could head a few doors down in your building to take care of someone else's kids there. When you're choosing someone to take care of your own kids, you want to know that they are responsible and will be able to handle things should something go wrong. Many parents are now looking for a person who has completed some sort of babysitter's course before they will allow that teenager to take care of their kids.
The Babysitting Course is offered by the Canadian Red Cross and is open to people over the age of ten. The classes teach you how to do all of the basics that you might encounter when taking care of someone's children for a few hours. If you don't know the first thing about putting on diapers or how to make a healthy snack for the kids than this will definitely give you the tools that you need to become an expert at these sorts of things. It even teaches you games that you can play with the kids and what to do if they're throwing a tantrum while in your care.
One of the reasons that parents are loving these programs is that it gives their babysitter all of the information they would need to know if there was an emergency while they are there. It teaches the basics of first aid training, including choking, sprains, bleeding, and what to do if a fire should start. While no one wants to come back to their home to find out that something bad has happened while they were away, it is certainly comforting to know that your babysitter will not panic in an emergency and has the tools and knowledge to deal with it as well as you would if you were there.
To lead a babysitting course, the teacher needs to be over the age of sixteen and have completed a standard first aid training program. There are courses offered at many community center and places like the local YMCA. If you're looking for a place to sign up for the course near your community than you might want to try these sorts of places first. The course is usually offered in the evening or on weekends to work with a teenager's school schedule.
The babysitting course will even help you assemble a kit to bring with you when you're working. This might include coloring and craft kits that you can do with the children as well as things like a flashlight and a first aid kit.