Red Cross babysitting course coming to Haldimand County Public Library this summer

Haldimand County youth aged 11 to 15 can now register at the Caledonia, Cayuga, Jarvis and Dunnville library branches for summer babysitting courses. The Canadian Red Cross babysitting course, a nationally recognized program, is designed to help participants develop self-assurance, knowledge and skills required not only for babysitting duties, but also when at home.

Topics covered in the course include caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children as well as creating safe environments and how to handle emergencies.

The course cost is $40 per person and interested individuals are asked to contact the Caledonia, Cayuga, Jarvis or Dunnville Library branch at 289-674-0400 to be placed on branch waiting lists. Individuals will be contacted later in the summer when a course becomes available.

Revised to ensure participant safety and more opportunities to participate, the Red Cross Babysitting Course now runs over five consecutive days. Participants will be required to attend all five sessions to receive their certificate. Depending on the status of provincial COVID restrictions, courses will be offered either virtually or in person, with a reduced number of participants to ensure social distancing.

For further information on this or other library programming, please contact Katrina Krupicz, Community Outreach/Inreach Coordinator at

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