If you love caring for children this could be a good opportunity for you. Maybe you have grandchildren that spend time at your house and you already have a playroom set up with toys and a table and chairs for little ones. If so, you are one step ahead of the game. The website Lifehacker.com reports that babysitters can make as much as $16.65 per hour in certain metropolitan areas but all made more than $11.00 per hour in every city they examined. If you are really serious about babysitting or becoming a professional childcare provider, I suggest that you get some professional training. It will give your clients more confidence in your abilities if they know you have taken classes on childcare. I also recommend taking a CPR course as well. I hope you can see the advantages of doing both and how it will be an advantage to your clients and to you.
You can receive the training you need from a few different places. The American Red Cross is one place you should look. They have two classes that are immediately available online and they both are inexpensive. Click here to get to the American Red Cross website. You’ll find the Babysitting Basics course and the Advanced Childcare Training course. Next, if you have a local Community College or Technical School, check out the courses they have available. They may also offer online training or they may have some evening classes that you can take. At the end of the courses, you’ll have a nice certificate you can display to your clients.
If you plan to open an in-home daycare, you’ll need to become a Licensed Childcare Provider. This is more than just being a babysitter and is a whole other level of commitment. Check with your local and state governments to determine if you are eligible to have a daycare in your home. There may be so many changes and upgrades that need to be done to your home to comply with codes that it would be cost prohibitive. The state agencies can also tell you exactly what training and licensing you will need to become a Licensed Childcare Provider.