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Babysitting

Essential information for those who look after children in the home


Laser Learning

Summary

Price
£30 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
Duration
2 hours
Access to content
Lifetime access
Qualification
No formal qualification
Achievement
Endorsed by CACHE.
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Overview

This CACHE endorsed short course introduces the essentials of babysitting.

It explains the responsibilities of both parent and sitter, and explores the importance of continuity of care, child safety, and the setting of boundaries for both the children and the babysitter. You will also be given an introduction to child development and care activities for young children.

Achievement

Endorsed by CACHE.

Description

Learning outcomes

  • You will learn how to interact with the adults you babysit for
  • You will learn how to care for the children you are responsible for
  • You will learn what to expect from the children you are responsible for

Advantages of this course

  • As a parent leaving children with someone new, the course offers details of the information exchange and expectation sharing that should occur before the babysitting starts
  • For the babysitter, the need for an exchange of information and expectations are explained, and the course provides a starting point for finding out more about child development and care activities
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

Please note, there is no legal age for babysitting. It is the responsibility of the parents using common sense to make the decision as to whether the babysitter is mature and responsible enough to look after their child.

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Laser e-Certificate (included in the course price). You will also have the option of purchasing a CACHE certificate for an additional £21. This certificate must not be confused with nationally regulated qualification achievement.

Endorsement statement: Our short course has been reviewed by a Subject Specialist in childcare and endorsed by CACHE demonstrating the quality and rigor. This is an unregulated programme and is not a nationally recognised qualification.

After purchasing this course on Reed, a customer service representative from Laser Learning will email you with an access code and instructions on how to redeem it on the Laser Short Course website. You will need to register on the Laser Short Course website if you have not done so already.

If the purchase was made within business hours, you should expect your access code email within 1-2 hours. If your purchase was made outside of business hours, you should expect your access code email the next working day.

Who is this course for?

Potential babysitters of any age, or parents / carers who wish to understand the job before employing a babysitter

Requirements

A computer, mobile, or tablet and an internet connection

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libby asked:

what age are is it to be a baby sitter and how may hours as im in year 11 and im 16 next weekend like i would love to work after school and weekends

Answer:

Hello Libby,

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Olivia +zara asked:

I'm 15 years old and me and my friend want to start babysitting how helpful will this class be for us and does this course include healthy and safety

Answer:

This course, looks at the essentials of babysitting, the responsibilities of both parent / carer and sitter, the importance of continuity of care, child safety, the setting of boundaries for all parties, an introduction to child development and care activities for young children. It is a good basic grounding for babysitting if you want to take it seriously and do a good job. It covers care but not Health and Safety in any great depth. You would be advised to do a separate H & S course.

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mediya asked:

Will I get a certificate at the end and how does this work

Answer:

Hello Mediya, Once you have completed the multiple choice quiz at the end of the lesson then you will be able to download a certificate.

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Andrea asked:

When I have complete this course how will I get a job in babysitting

Answer:

Hello Andrea, The course will certainly help you understand the role of a babysitter, we hope you enjoy it and hope it will lead to some work for you. To get babysitting work i would suggest firstly that you try friends and family. They will know you and trust you already. Secondly, there are babysitting agencies which you will find with a google search. Lastly, a card in your local newsagent's window might also lead to some work. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Aleisha asked:

I’m a 13 year old looking for a babysitting job, I would just like to know whether there is an age limit for this course.

Answer:

Hello Aleisha, Thank you for your question. There is no legal age for babysitting. It is the responsibility of the parents using common sense to make the decision as to whether the babysitter is mature and responsible enough to look after their child. This course is suitable for a potential babysitter of any age. I hope this helps. Chris

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Roxie asked:

Is the course 2 hours straight or will it be in sections.I'm turning 15 soon how many hours can I do for my age?

Answer:

Hello Roxie, It is difficult to know how long it will take you to do the course. Some people get through it very quickly, 2 hours in total, others might want to take a little longer. You can work through it at your own pace. I don't think there is a legal limit on how long you can study for, but we would suggest that you do no more than an hour, then take a break and come back to it later. It's difficult to keep the concentration up without a break every now and then.

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Ella asked:

Hello, I am 12 years old but I really want to get a job so I was wondering how old do you have to be, I am willing to do it after school and weekends

Answer:

HI Ella Thank you for the email and question. This is a very good course for any young person to do and I am sure you will enjoy it. There is no set age to start babysitting or do this course. It is more about whether you are responsible enough, the child' parents and your parents think you are capable. As for the course you can do it at any age kind regards Vivette

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Haarisah asked:

Hey I’m 18 years old and I’m interested in opening a babysitting business will this course be helpful for me? Also is there work experience included?

Answer:

Hello Haarisah, Good to hear from you. I'm sure the Babysitting course will be useful for you. It covers all the basics you will need to know. There is no work experience included I'm afraid, it is only the theory. Let us know if you have any further questions.

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gracie asked:

hi i am 14 years old and whant to take a course so i can get a small babysitting job because i am still in school would this be a good one to take

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Jessica asked:

Is this course credited?

Answer:

Hello, this course is accredited by CACHE / NCFE, the national childcare awarding organisation.

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Dawn Yates asked:

I am a 57 year old woman ..I am interested in becoming a babysitter for mums that wish to go back to work after maternity .is this course for me.

Answer:

Hello Dawn, If you are looking after children during the day when their parents go to work its sounds a little more like being a childminder rather than babysitting. It's a good idea but we would advise that you talk to your local authority about being registered as a childminder.

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Verity asked:

I'm 11 and wish to babysit. I'm quite good with young children but I do not know if anyone would actually employ me because I'm 11. Would this help?

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Anita asked:

Is this course nationally recognised? Who is the accrediting body?

Answer:

Hello Anita, The Laser Babysitting short course is endorsed by CACHE / NCFE.

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Kyra Simpson asked:

Hi I'm Kyra I'm 12 and looking for a way to make money and help my mum out so I was online and I came across your post and I'm interested email please

Answer:

Hello Kyra, This course will give you a good understanding of your role as a babysitter. At your age it is probably best to work with friends and family who you know and trust, and who know you. As you get a little older then there are agencies you can join who can refer you for babysitting work, but I'm sure they would say you are too young at present. Get some experience with people you know in the meantime.

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Florence asked:

I' m 12 nearly 13 am I old enough and how long does the course take?

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Hello asked:

What age is it

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. If you are under 16 then I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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eden asked:

is there an age restriction on this course? I am interested in taking this course but I am 15, would I be able to take it?

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Kina asked:

Hi I am 12 years old and I have just started secondary school and I need to know how much time the course will take up

Answer:

Hello Kina. If you do it thoroughly, doing all the reading parts of the course you should be able to complete in two hours. It does not need to be done in one sitting, four half hour sessions is probably ideal.

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Tracey asked:

Does this cover looking after children in their home or your home/ Whats ages are you covered to look after being an adult yourself?

Answer:

Hello Tracey, Thanks for your message, good to hear from you. There is no minimum age at which children can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be in charge of younger children. The course covers the basic responsibilities of looking after children, whether in your home or theirs.

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Neve asked:

I live in cramlington but i am very responsible and mature and i have babysat my cousins loads and my mum trusts me so how do i do this course.

Answer:

Hello Neve, Good to hear from you. If you buy the course from the Reed web site, we will send you a code with instruction short afterwards. There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children.

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Violet asked:

Hi I am 11 years old and would like to become a babysitter how much should I pay ? Also do you have to take a test andcan you take the test online ?

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Isabelle asked:

I’m thirteen and looking to start babysitting for my neighbours i want some qualifications to show them that they can trust me - will this be good?

Answer:

Hi, this is a certificate of knowledge and not a qualification. if you are going to become a baby sitter it will be a good course for you and show that you are serious about your role. Thank you for your question. best wishes Vivette

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Caitlyn Parkin asked:

I’m 13 years old am I aloud to take this course and would I be able to become a babysitter

Answer:

HI Yes, you can do the course at any age. It will support your knowledge and confidence for when you get a job, but is not a qualification.

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sofia mcintyre asked:

can I babysit at 14 with experience with little children in my family and I love kids

Answer:

Hello Sofia, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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Chloe asked:

Hi,I’m 18 and I’m looking to baby sit weekends and evenings and was wondering if this qualification would allow me to babysit professionally?

Answer:

Hello Chloe, there is no legal requirement for training as a babysitter. However, it is a position of responsibility and trust and it is wise to take a course that explains the basics to you. This will make you feel more confident and also give some comfort to the parents of the children you are looking after. I hope this is helpful.

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Ellie asked:

I am 13 years old...can i complete this course and become a babysitter??

Answer:

Hello, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.

Ayisha asked:

Can I become a babysitter without taking any courses?

Answer:

Hello Ayisha, Yes, you can become a babysitter without taking any courses, there is no legal requirement. However, it is a position of responsibility and trust and it is wise to take a course that explains the basics to you. This will make you feel more confident and also give some comfort to the parents of the children you are looking after. I hope this is helpful.

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Lola B asked:

I am 13 years old and want to take this course. I am home-schooled but beyond average academically. Is there an age restriction for this course?

Answer:

Dear Lola Thank you for getting in touch. I do sincerely apologise for the delay in getting back to you, we have been closed over the seasonal Break. There is no restriction on age for doing this course, it is known only and is assessed by a multiple choice test at the end. The restriction on who can babysit and at what age comes down in the main to common sense and the permission of the parents. Vivette

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Katryna Subociute asked:

Hi im katryna and im 13 do you think my age would be suteble for babysitting

Answer:

Hello Katryna, There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit. However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. The children's charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children. Sorry, I think you would be advised to wait a few years.

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haarisah asked:

Hello do I have to purchase the certificate or can I print it?

Answer:

Hello Haarisah, The course includes a Laser certificate which is fine for most people. Once you have completed the course you will be given the opportunity to download and print this. You can also order a CACHE certificate (the leading UK Childcare awarding organisation). There is an extra charge of £21 for this but you may decide you don’t need one. If you do want this you will also be given the opportunity to order once the course has been completed. Hope this is helpful.

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Haarisah asked:

This class is 10 hours so how many hours in a day?

Answer:

Hello Haarisah, The course is all on line, so you just log in on a computer and go through the learning when it is convenient. It does not need to be done in one sitting, its completely flexible to suit you. It may not take all of the 10 hours, my guess is that you could complete it quicker than this.

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Ann asked:

I'm 15 years old but i'm wondering how old you have to be to start babysitting??

Answer:

Hello Ann, thanks for your query. There is no legal minimum age but if you are under the age of 16 then the parents are still legally responsible. Both you and the parents have to feel comfortable with the arrangement and judge that the risk is low. There is also no fixed rule about the length of time but we would advise a maximum of 4 hours and definitely not overnight, not until you are at least 16. I hope this helps.

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