Child-care Basics

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Is your tween interested baby-sitting? Several central Ohio organizations provide training classes that teach kids the ins and outs of the job. They also help potential customers, the sitters and their parents feel more comfortable about the process.

Nationwide Children's Hospital, the American Red Cross of Central Ohio and the nonprofit Safe Sitter organization, among others, offer basic training classes that cover how to care for children, first aid, handling medical and household emergencies, snack and food preparation, and other key topics. The classes range in price from $30 to $85.

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-Melissa Kossler Dutton