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Amslee Institute on March 22, 2018

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Parents are struggling to find qualified childcare and 55% of parents surveyed by the American Red Cross* have chosen to stay home because they could not find a trusted nanny or babysitter. The survey also revealed that nearly 30% of parents did not hire a potential sitter due to safety concerns. The great news is that a majority of parents are willing to pay more for trained and certified childcare providers. So how can you become a certified childcare provider?

Parents need to have trust and confidence in a provider before leaving their children in their care. Safety and confidence in the sitter are top criteria sought when meeting with potential babysitters and nannies. It’s becoming increasingly common for parents to ask about CPR, First Aid, and childcare certification.

CPR and First Aid training are easy to complete through online programs available for $25 by the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and local community colleges also offer in-person training. If you are already certified, the videos below on child and infant CPR can provide a quick refresher.

If you are a babysitter, nanny, or aspiring to work as a childcare provider, it is worth the time and effort to learn first aid and CPR. Although you never want to use these skills, you can have the confidence in your abilities that if needed, you may save a life.

There are several options for childcare certifications that include in person and online program. When looking for a childcare certification program, check the organization is licensed as a post-secondary school. It’s also important to know who authored the training. If needed, see if the program offers job training or placement support. For information about childcare certification programs, visit

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