October classes offer essential babysitter training

By Bridget Russell, Aquatics Supervisor

Babysitter, nanny, and childcare specialist are just a few of the titles we use to describe someone who cares for our children when we’re away.

Regardless of whether it’s a high school student from down the road or a live-in au pair, those tasked with caring for your child should have the essential skills to keep your child safe, including CPR and first aid training.

In October, the City of College Station Parks & Recreation Department is conducting American Red Cross training for babysitters 10 years and older. The $75 class provides the knowledge and skills to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Topics include:

  • Properly supervising children and infants.
  • Choosing age-appropriate games and toys.
  • Handling bedtime and discipline issues.
  • Identifying hazards and preventing injuries.
  • Communicating effectively with parents.
  • Caring for common injuries and handling emergencies.
  • Applying pediatric CPR.

The American Red Cross is the nation’s leader in babysitting classes and childcare training.  From young babysitters taking care of their neighbors to seasoned professionals, a Red Cross Advanced childcare certification or Babysitting certification is an impressive credential — and certifications are good for two years.

Class Schedule

All classes are at the Wolf Pen Creek Green Room.

  • Tuesdays (Oct. 6, 13, 20) & Thursdays (Oct. 8, 15, 22), 9-11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28), 5-8 p.m.

To register, go to rectrac.cstx.gov.

For more information, contact me at brussell@cstx.gov or 979-764-3486.


About the Blogger

Bridget Russell has been with the City of College Station since 2012 and has served as the aquatics supervisor since 2017. She was a lifeguard at Texas A&M for almost three years after serving as an administrative clerk for the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005-11. Bridget earned bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2012) degrees in sport management from A&M.


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