Offered as a fundraiser or an enrichment program at your school, a babysitter's training course teaches responsibility, child care and interaction, basic first aid, interviewing skills, and tips on how to be safe.
Every parent should encourage his/her children to take a course like this! - which is exactly why it's a great program!
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Planning a Babysitter's Training Course
Parents are looking for responsible, loyal, and trustworthy teens to watch their children. A babysitter's class can better prepare young adults (ages 11-16) to care for a baby or young child of family and friends. The course should teach the basics to help the babysitter:
The same course contents can also be offered as an Enrichment Program for a larger group. Choose which topics you'd like to cover or ask that the course contents be broken down into 2-hour sessions for 2 or 3 consecutive weeks.
- Interview with parents
- Learn infant & toddler care - diapering and feeding techniques, creative reading, activities for young children, and appropriate snacks.
- Handle bedtime issues
- Choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games
- Perform basic First Aid - choking, cuts, eye injuries, nosebleeds, burns, seizures, poisoning, bites, etc.
- Learn tips for having a safe babysitting experience
DEBBIE LAFLAMME serving Eastern & Central Massachusetts and other locations within New England. Nonprofit organizations have earned hundreds of dollars by offering Ms. LaFlamme's course as a fundraiser which covers all of the points mentioned above (see Course Contents) and incorporates real-world, practical examples.
Babysittters' Training Course Instructor
All manuals are included in her $335 fee (max. 40 students). To contact Debbie LaFlamme regarding her babysitter's course, BABYSITTING 101, and to receive $10 off (Promotional Code: PTO IDEAS), Click Here and type "babysitting 101" in the subject line.
Debbie LaFlamme is a licensed day care provider in Woburn, MA. With her degree in Early Childhood Education, she has over 20 years of experience in caring for children of all ages in her home. About ten years ago, she created this babysitting class. In the past 5 years, it has grown tremendously and is now being offered to many local schools, church groups, and organizations.
"...the babysitting course I had taken my 6th graders to this past Sunday was FANTASTIC! The girls felt that they really got more at this session than they have from other babysitting courses they have taken at their schools or hospitals. Debra LaFlamme was a great presenter and the girls were engrossed in every word she said. I highly recommend this course to continue to be offered. The girls as well as my other 2 volunteers were impressed with presentation and how she kept the girls entertained with her stories that related to babysitting doís and donít's."
(Melissa, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts)
ADDITIONAL INFO ON INSTRUCTORS
Although there is no certifying body to teach babysitting classes, you will want to ensure that the course manual and instructor is highly qualified to teach the proper techniques and procedures. You may even want to confirm that regulations have not changed and been implemented within your own state.
To find a qualified instructor in your area, check with your local:
- Boys & Girls Clubs or YMCA
- Recreation Department
- American Red Cross (www.redcross.org): Offers babysitter's classes for $50-65 per person. They also offer instructor training ($225). An adult may choose to become Red Cross certified and then teach classes. They then can go back to their school and teach as many people as they want and charge nothing if they wanted to. However, they would still need to pay the Red Cross $7 per person for certification cards and the cost of any books.*
- Yellow Pages / Phone Book
- Day Care Provider Network
PRICING & POTENTIAL PROFIT
The following estimates are based on Debbie LaFlamme's, flat-rate pricing schedule. Research the programs offered in your area and then price your fundraiser considerably lower per participant to ensure maximum enrollment.
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LOCATION & TIME
Most courses last a total of 5 to 6 hours. When planning a time to offer the course consider other events that may be taking place at the same time (sports, church, etc.). For instance, if Fall soccer is a popular sport on Saturday mornings in September and October, consider offering the course on a Sunday morning or a Saturday in November instead. Some suggestions for course times include:
The course can be held in a classroom, cafeteria, function hall, or a large conference room. Chairs and tables should be available. Your school may be available, but you will likely incur a custodial fee to open the school. As an option, ask a local church or club if they could donate a function hall.
- Weekday after school 3pm-6pm for two consecutive weeks
- Friday evening 6pm-9pm for two consecutive weeks
- Saturday 9am-3pm
- Sunday 10am-4pm.
The success of your event will depend upon the number of people you can draw to your event. Focus your attention on reaching the students and parents of all local schools (Grades 5-10). Advertising suggestions include:
- Email: Email the principal of all local schools and ask him/her to post an announcement in their weekly/monthly school newsletter for several consecutive weeks.
- Flyers to Schools: Distribute flyers to parents of all local schools. Be sure to contact the principal or PTO president for prior approval and request that they hand the flyers out to the students for you.
- Flyers to Girl/Boy Scout Troops: Distribute flyers to the leaders of all local troops for distribution to the girls/boys and parents.
- School Newsletters
- School Website
- Local Newspaper: Most local newspapers will print school fundraising & event announcements at no charge.
- Email: See our Increase Participation page for information on emailing.
- Churches Bulletins: Ask churches to announce the course and place a notice in the weekly bulletin.
- Boys & Girls Clubs: Ask the Club to hang a flyer or place them on the front desk.
"Advertising costs were minimal for us. All we did was to email the school principals and ask them to post announcements in the school newsletters for about 6 consecutive weeks and we placed registration cards at the local Boys & Girls Club. We easily reached our goal of 40 registrants and raised over $1,000!" (Vicki B., Mass.)
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Ask each participant to pack a drink and snack for a 3-hour session and a drink, snack, and lunch for longer sessions. However, you will find that not every participant arrives with a snack and drink so you may want to provide bottled water and a few snack items (preferrably peanut-free). As they check-in, be sure to ask if any of the participants have food allergies.
Prior to the event confirm that each registration card received is properly completed. Make a list of all registrants.
You will find that registrants begin arriving approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled Course. Set up a Check-In Table near the entrance. As you check-in, confirm that you have their registration card or they've brought it with them, it's properly filled out with emergency phone numbers and a parent/guardian signature, and that they've paid. Also ask the parent/guardian if the child has any food allergies.
At the completion of the Course, announce to the students that they should not leave the room without a parent/guardian. Stand by the door and confirm that each child safely leaves with their parent/guardian.
If you're planning this course as a school event, speak to your head of school to confirm that the event is covered under the school. One event that was hosted by a Girl Scout Troop meant that any registered Girl Scout was covered under the Girl Scouts, but additional insurance had to be purchased through the Girl Scouts for non-members for a minimal fee (i.e $5 or $10 for the group).
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THANK YOUR SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS
Please remember to send a thank you note to the organization that was kind enough to donate the hall. If you'd like to make this an annual event, you can also let them know the date of next year's event and ask that they support your fundraiser in the future.
A letter can also be written to your local newspaper, thanking the organization that donated the hall, the participants, and volunteers for a successful fundraiser. This will serve as additional publicity for the hall sponsor as well as publicity for your event. Remember to take pictures throughout the event.
MAINTAIN A DATABASE, & MORE
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- Forming a Committee
- Selecting a Location
- Conducting Meetings
- Being a Great Leader & Thanking Your Supporters
- Developing a Theme
- Maintaining Accurate Records
PTO Ideas has provided you with ideas for a Babysitter's Training Course Fundraiser. This information should not be used as a legal reference and may not be all-inclusive. We suggest consulting with the head of your school, an accountant, or any other essential professional.
Information pertaining to the American Red Cross has been provided by the American Red Cross, should be confirmed by the American Red Cross, and is subject to change.
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