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Introduction to Babysitting


About This Free Online Course

This free online course is a brief introduction to the wonderful world and potential of babysitting. It has been designed for teenagers and young adults who are thinking about offering babysitting services for the first time. It is a practical online course which asks you to get involved in activities such as Multiple Choice and True or False questions to test your memory. There will also be lots of additional information and signposting to support your learning, as well as numerous fun videos related to babysitting and looking after young children!

We estimate it should take you 2-3 hours of effort to complete the course at your own pace. This course is mobile friendly, however we recommend that you enjoy this course on a computer or laptop as it is a much better learning experience on a larger screen.

The course is comprised of an Introduction, Modules 1-3, and a Conclusion:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1: Preparation
  • Module 2: The Babysitting Situation
  • Module 3: Communicating With Parents
  • Conclusion

Learning Outcomes

This free online course has been designed for teenagers and young adults who are thinking about offering babysitting services for the first time. Therefore the main outcomes for learners are to:

  • become more aware of the reality of a babysitting situation
  • create your own babysitting document
  • build up a list of important questions to ask new clients (i.e. parents or legal guardians)
  • understand that there are legal responsibilities when looking after children
  • get hints and tips from the Norland training team so that you have that edge over your potential babysitting competition
  • achieve a Certificate of Completion available for learners who achieve over 70% for the course activities.

We also recommend that alongside this course you complete a basic First Aid course.

Meet the Course Author

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Julia Gaskell BA(Hons), Cert Ed, NNEB, Norland Diploma.
Head of Consultancy and Training, Norland College

Julia Gaskell is a graduate of Norland College (a ‘Norlander’) and has since owned a private day care nursery in Somerset for the last eighteen years. During that time she studied for, and gained, an Early years degree and Early years Professional Status. The nursery is used as an example of good practice for other providers across Somerset and has won many awards. Julia worked as a consultant for other early years settings disseminating good practice across the country. She is Norland's Head of Consultancy and Training and Acting Head of Agency & Alumni.


"I was fully satisfied with the structure and information provided during this course. I give it 10 out of 10!" - Hannah

"I liked that each section was quite short so you never have to spend more than maybe 15 mins on a section, it makes it easier to stop and start and just do it when you have a little spare time, I did it in about 4 sittings of no more than 30mins, so it was very easy to fit in around what I was doing." - Georgia

"The course was really helpful. It took me two hours and 15 minutes to complete and it brought up some ideas and questions I never thought to ask myself about the babysitting situation. It is well suited for a beginner/young person who would like to start babysitting!" - Jade

"The course had some really good info and stuff I wouldn't have thought about. It took me around 1 hr 15 mins to complete." - Katrina

A Little Bit About Norland

Norland was founded in Norland Place, London, in 1892 by Emily Ward and has been at the forefront of childcare training ever since. The education at Norland has always been progressive. Today’s students study for a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Development and Learning alongside the prestigious Norland Diploma, a unique qualification which teaches the practical skills it takes to become a Norland Nanny. Norland graduates are famous for their best in class standard of training and their iconic uniforms. Norland-trained early years professionals are employed worldwide through the Norland Agency as Norland Nannies and Maternity Nurses. Norland graduates command the highest salaries in the industry, clinch the most sought-after posts and enjoy a busy life often working for high profile clients.

With a degree behind them, many Norland Nannies also progress into other professions that involve working with children, including teaching. Norland Nannies are also provided with their own recruitment agency, Norland Agency, to ensure that graduates have outstanding employment opportunities upon leaving Norland, and throughout their careers.

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