Online Babysitting Courses

Baby Sitter with Toddler

Baby-sitting offers a great way to make some money and gain working experience, but if you've never baby-sat before, it's a good idea to take a course that will prepare you for the serious responsibilities of caring for a child. Fortunately, there are a handful of online options that allow you to learn valuable baby-sitting skills.

Free Classes Online

Most baby-sitting courses charge fees for their training, but there are some online, free, self-paced classes that will help you acquire additional skills to assist your baby-sitting career:

  • Although the Red Cross charges for baby-sitting classes, they publish the baby sitter's training manual online, along with updates to the text, so you can brush up on your knowledge before you take the course.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension has uploaded their Baby-sitting Basics course materials. While preteens and teens can earn certification only through course attendance, you can use the materials to learn techniques that will help make your work successful.
  • Allergy Free Table has a free, online food allergy class for baby sitters and anyone living with an allergic child. Learn terms, treatments and what to watch for regarding allergic reactions.
  • Health World offers free Safety Smart Science courses, suitable for baby sitters up to grade 8. Bill Nye, the Science Guy, presents information about germs, health, and fire safety in a fun and informative series. You will need to register with the website for access to the courses.
  • Care.com has a comprehensive list of more than 100 DIY crafts, along with links to the directions. The activities are sorted by age, and all directions are free.

Courses for Certification or Credit

You can find baby-sitting classes in most communities through Parks and Rec., your local American Red Cross chapter, and more. However, the following options are online and offer certification or continuing education credits.

American Red Cross Baby Sitter Training

Baby Sitter and boy playing

The American Red Cross offers one of the most highly regarded sitter training courses for students ages 11 years old and up. The course is available online although you can take the course in person at many local Red Cross locations. The course teaches skills in caring for infants and children up to 10 years of age.

You'll learn skills such as how to stay safe, playing with kids, handling emergencies, feeding and bedtime. The student must receive an 80 percent on the final exam to receive a printable diploma. The Red Cross has added some resources that are helpful, including starting and managing a baby-sitting business.

  • Cost: Currently listed as $85.00 for the complete online course. (Prices may vary depending on your location.)
  • Availability: Online 24/7
  • Estimated completion time: The course takes four hours to complete.
  • Requirements: Since the lessons are in video format, you'll need high-speed internet for streaming.

Baby-sitting 101

Universal Class offers a course for future sitters and nannies, and those who want to refresh their skills. The course covers safety aspects of baby-sitting as well as how to run your service as a business.

The material is broken into 10 lessons and 17 assignments that are self-paced. Review each chapter completely and take notes because you must pass a final exam at the end. The topics include everything from running a baby-sitting business to safety to appropriate forms of discipline.

You can earn continuing education credits (CEUs) for completing this course if you earn a final grade of 70 percent or higher and download a CEU certificate.

  • Cost: Currently listed as $50.00 with no certificate or $75.00 with CEU certificate.
  • Availability: Online 24/7
  • Estimated completion time: You have six months to complete the course, which could take 15 hours or more.
  • Requirements: PC or Mac, Android, iOS

Baby Sitting Certification

Sitter applying some basic first aid

Expert Rating offers a certification course geared toward college-aged students and adults who are interested in pursuing baby-sitting as a career.

The course is divided into seven sections that cover topics including activities and playtime, discipline, a plan to avoid problems, and your responsibilities as a sitter. You can take the certification exam once you've studied all the course materials, and you must take the exam within one year of purchasing the course.

  • Cost: Currently listed as $19.99.
  • Availability: Online 24/7
  • Estimated completion time: One week to one month, depending on your pace
  • Requirements: Microsoft internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox and an email account

Kidproof Baby Sitter Training Program

Kidproof Safety offers an online training course for ages 10 and up. The course covers baby-sitting basics, such as finding a baby-sitting job, how to care for kids of different ages, how to deal with a difficult situation and some safe and fun activities to do with the kids. Also, the future baby sitter will learn what to do in a medical emergency and what to do if she suspects neglect or abuse.

With the purchase of the online course, you'll get all the same materials you'd receive for an in-class course. Included is the baby sitter's handbook (e-book), email access to a Kidproof certified personal instructor, access to the online learning portal on Kidproof and a certificate of completion (upon successful completion of the course).

  • Cost: Currently $35.
  • Availability: Online 24/7
  • Estimated completion time: Seven hours
  • Requirements: High-speed internet, speakers, and Adobe PDF Reader

Baby-sitting Is Serious Business

Baby-sitting and child care are major responsibilities and require hard work. Taking an online course is a convenient way to learn the skills you'll need to become a qualified sitter and decide if you're mature enough to meet the challenge. These are skills that will not only help you start and run a successful business, but can be applied throughout your life and future careers.

Online Babysitting Courses