TEMPE — Babysitting is a job nearly every tween and teen can get right in their own neighborhood. But, just like adults going through a job hunt, it may be difficult in a crowded field to stand out.
That is one of the reasons Monica Staggs with Arizona CPR Training and Certification in Tempe is offering a Child and Babysitting course on Friday.
"I give real life scenarios," Staggs explained. "And I give scenarios that I ran into because I was also a healthcare provider for years."
CPR is a big portion of the four-hour course geared toward children 11 to 17 years old. When they complete it, they are certified for two years.
However, this course goes beyond that.
Staggs explained how tweens an teens will learn a variety of skills, including how to use a defibrillator, how to spot and take action for choking, information on first aid and wrapping injuries, even measuring formula and checking the bottle temperature for a baby.
"I'll also go over the business of it," Staggs said. "How to advertise for it and what to do...What are parents looking for to watch their child?"
Staggs said the course could be the difference in a parent trusting your teen with the important babysitting job or not.
"Parents...they're going to be hesitant for a 12-year-old or a 13-year-old...but, if that child can say, 'Hey, I took this class,'... that's going to make parents feel a little bit better."
The next course will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $50.
Staggs said participants will receive $5 off if they bring a children's book to the course to donate to Emily's Cart with Phoenix Children's.
Staggs said she will be offering more courses like this one as summer gets closer.
To sign up online for the course, click here. You can also contact the facility at (520) 424-4071.
They are located at 4625 S. Lakeshore Drive in Tempe.