For many young teens, babysitting a younger sibling, neighbor or relative is their first real job. The Canadian Red Cross 8 hour babysitter’s course is designed for both boys and girls 11-18 years of age.
The Canada wide program teaches participants child caring strategies, emergency prevention and basic first aid skills. The emphasis is on prevention through basic knowledge of child development.
The Canadian Red Cross babysitters program is divided into eight (8) interactive themes, which encourage group discussion, role-playing and problem solving.
Our teachers follow a clear, well-outlined lesson plan covering the following themes:
The business of Babysitting
- The benefits of being a babysitter and how to write a CV
- Passing an interview and finding a job
- The rules and routines of a household
- Family expectations, diversity and respect
Caring for babies
- Stages babies go through (newborn to 12 months)
- How to hold, feed, burp, dress, clean and diaper change babies
- Toys that are age appropriate and dangerous for babies
- Having fun with babies (sound, sight and touch)
- Precautions against injury when caring for babies
- Solving feeding, sleeping and crying problems
- Toys, games and activities to bring along
Caring for toddlers
- The various stages toddlers go through (1 to 3 years old)
- Diaper changing and dressing a toddler
- Feeding and caring for a toddler
- Sleeping routines and family rules and regulations
- Getting along and having fun together. Toys and games
- Taking precautions and problem solving – Toddlers don’t understand danger
Caring for preschoolers
- Various stages preschoolers go through (3 to 5 years old)
- Feeding preschoolers and family eating policy
- Toilet learning and dealing with small mishaps
- Appropriate outfit and clothing for the activities planned
- Sleeping rules and routine
- Getting along and having fun together: Toys and games
- Problem solving and safety first
Caring for school age children
- Stages school-aged children go through (5 years and older)
- Feeding school-aged children, allergies and family rules
- Bedtime routine – how to be firm and fair
- Getting along and having fun together – 1st impressions
- Problem solving – be firm and cooperative
- Safety first, you’re the one in charge!
How to create a safe environment – prevention is the key
- Home safety: kitchen, phone, visitors, playing outside, etc.
- Fire, water, bicycle and poison safety
- Personal safety – Protect children from harm
- Handle emergencies and first aid
- Safety first – the most important part of being a babysitter
- Handling safety related problems
- If something does happen – calling EMS – how and when
- Illness, injury, poison and choking prevention for all ages
Appropriate and inappropriate touching
- The difference between appropriate and inappropriate touch
- Being respectful, caring, kind and safe while together
- Child abuse and neglect – Signs to lookout for and what to do
Frequently asked questions about our Babysitters course
Who is George Manoli Inc?
Mr. George Manoli, our program director and coordinator, is one of Montreal’s leading authorities in personal safety education. Mr. Manoli has a Bachelor of education degree in Physical Education from McGill University with over 35 years of teaching experience.
For over 25 years, George Manoli Inc. has been teaching the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting Program to community centers, French and English Schools throughout Montreal, Laval and Longueil.
We are incorporated with the necessary liability insurance as requested by all school boards in Quebec.
About our animators / teachers
All our animators are hand picked by Mr. Manoli. He clearly explains to all animators our mission and The Canadian Red Cross expectations when teaching this program.
All our animators have their Police verifications done. They follow a clear, laid out lesson plan format for each theme and lesson taught.
Our animators are punctual, respectful and professional in their approach. They have the children’s interest at heart.
During each session, our young participants are reminded of the huge responsibility placed upon them when parents leave their loved ones in their care.
What is included in the cost of the Babysitting course?
- The Canadian Red Cross Babysitters manual (120 pages);
- A 10 page homework manual (photocopies or stapled manual);
- Practice diaper;
- Pocket size 1st aid kit – optional;
- Pocket size Babysitters card once they pass our requirements;
- Canadian Red Cross 30 question course exam;
- All necessary photocopies for classroom activities and games.
What are the various formats available?
The 8-hour Canadian Red Cross babysitting course can be offered in various formats. The price per student will vary in accordance to the number of visits our animators must travel to the establishment in order to give the full session.
Over several weeks: As an extra-curricular activity over several weeks during school lunchtime or after school.
Examples of class duration:
- 1 hour per class X 8 weeks – lunch time or after school
- 1.25 hours per class X 6 weeks – lunch time or after school
- 1.5 hours per class X 5 weeks – lunch time or after school
- 2 hours per class X 4 weeks – after school / weekend
- 4 hours per class X 2 weeks – weekend option.
A one day, 8 hour event: Some schools and community centers prefer offering the course on a school Pedagogical day, or a fund raising activity on the weekend. The cost per student for such a one-day activity is much cheaper than the ‘Over several weeks’ option.
Who uses our services?
Our clients are elementary schools, high schools, community centers and some youth organizations.
Below are some of the establishments we have been teaching at for several years. You can call them for reference on the professional services we provided:
|City of Dorval||École Beau-Séjour||Christmas Park school|
|Solomon Schechter Academy||École Au Trésor du Boisé||St. Anthony school|
|St. Paul school in Dorval||École Bout de l’Ile & Ruisselet||Terry Fox school|
To pass our Babysitters course, students must…
In order for a participant to pass The Canadian Red Cross babysitting program under George Manoli Inc., we require the following high standards from each student:
- Students must attend all classes;
- Passing grade of 75% in the Canadian Red Cross final exam;
- Complete all assigned homework;
- Complete and hand in the ‘Mother’s helper’ evaluation report;
- Present the ‘Child’s entertainment kit;’
- Child’s attitude and seriousness during class must be exemplary;
- Babysit a child during the duration of the course given over several weeks. Does not apply to one-day sessions.
To get a Canadian Red Cross Babysitter’s course going?
- The home and school coordinator, school principal or community outreach coordinator organizes the Babysitting course. WE TRAVEL TO YOU, THE CLIENT, in order to teach the program.
- We bring all the necessary material for the program: Manuals, 1st aid kits, exams, diapers, photocopies, pocket size cards, etc.
- Classes can be given in French or English, in a classroom, the library or any other available room in the school.
- Private group sessions have also been given in people’s basements, living room and conference rooms at work.
Once you contact us, together we establish the following:
- The grades 5 and 6 classes targeted and who will be the session coordinator and our school contact person.
- The duration of each class: lunch time, after school, pedagogical day or on a weekend(s);
- What location in the school or community center will the classes take place;
- The number of weeks required to complete the program which will in turn determine the cost of the course;
- The day the course will start and finish. Together, we verify if there are any holidays or pedagogical days interfering with the days selected for the classes.
- The cost of the course per participant, collecting the fees, billing and payment method.
- The cut off date for registration for our minimum and maximum number of participants (14 – 30).
How can I join an organized group?
YOU CAN JOIN an organized group. If a community center, school or corporation is organizing a workshop and they open it to the public, then joining them is no problem. We will gladly refer you to the appropriate location and contact person to join that group.
Can I organize my own course?
For a group course, you need to gather a minimum of 14 participants and a maximum of 30 people. Call or write to us and we will gladly help you in setting up the program in your community or school.