Babysitting Essentials: Building Trust and Rapport Mini Series

Actions speak louder than words! Discover attributes of integrity, authority, availability, and respect in earning trust

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Show parents you are seriously about caring for their children. This four-part mini series will introduce you to strategies to show parents you are ready to take charge. Get ready to boost your confidence and give families the security they need; knowing the children are in good hands with you in charge. All courses offered separately. This specific course has bundled all four of the mini series courses into one complete course.

Courses in the Building Trust and Rapport mini series:

Leadership and Management

  • Identify attributes of both leadership and management you will need on-the-job
  • Recognize that babysitting is a position of leadership
  • Define rapport as well as leadership and management as they relate to babysitting
  • Learn how to inspire rapport and build relationships
  • Demonstrate genuine concern and commitment to the well-being and safety of the children
  • Understand basic expectations and responsibilities as a babysitter
  • Create a word processing document to model the similarities and differences of leading and managing
  • Build a list of important questions to ask parents that you will continue in other courses

Actions (Professionalism)

  • Define integrity and authority as they relate to babysitting
  • Learn fair and appropriate actions when leading and managing children
  • Promote a child's understanding and development while managing improper behavior
  • Communicate three things to children that will positively convey your authority
  • Establish 3 goals in managing your authority during conflicts: Understand, empower, and reconcile
  • Recognize other points-of-view and perceptions
  • Identify what is fair in each situation, with each child, and for each family

To Eat or Not To Eat

  • Learn best practices when offered to eat anything available in the fridge or cupboards
  • Understand the importance of constant supervision of the children during meals and snacks
  • Design your Babysitter's Busy Bag that essential items will be added to in other courses

Availability (currently in production)

  • Recognize that you don't need to be available at every moment
  • Learn how to handle last-minute babysitting requests
  • Learn seven easy strategies to manage your availability
  • Identify 3 ways to present your availability to families
  • Explore Google Calendar and discover the incredibly helpful auto alert feature
  • Customize and personalize an availability schedule in Google Docs
  • Learn about and create a word processing template
  • Build on the "Important Questions For Parents" document created in the Leadership and Management course to know what to ask before accepting a last-minute babysitting request

Expect high quality instruction from a proven child care expert based on the standards set by industry leaders in child care: the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Zero-to-Three.

Office Hours

Weekdays from 1p - 2p and 8p -9p CST

Saturdays from 4p - 6p CST

Feedback to questions and discussion posts are provided daily. Responses to activities and assignments submitted are provided within 24 - 48 hours.

Interact through active discussion boards and Facebook anytime from anywhere. Instructors are here to help and to ensure your success and satisfaction in these courses. Watch for notifications of real-time opportunities to connect in live discussions through Google Hangouts, Skype, Anymeeting online conferences, and more..

Course Materials

This course uses open source supporting materials and credible websites backed by research to deepen your understanding as means to continue your growth.

Specifics about this course?

Who is this course for? This course is designed for both girls and guys interested in starting or improving their babysitting services.. Because this course is perfect for minors as well as adults, a parental permission form is required for participants under 18 years of age. Learn how to fill out and sign the parental permission form in the primer course, 21st Century Skills for a 21st Century Workforce.

Estimated Time Commitment to complete the mini series: Roughly four hours (one hour per course) if all the supporting material is read/viewed.

Course Requirements

  • Authority or permission to add folders to the desktop
  • Access to a Google account (preferred to get the most from these courses)
  • Google Apps (preferred to get the most from these courses)
  • Microsoft Office (or similar program)
  • Adobe Acrobat DC PDF Editor or similar
  • Parental permission, if under 18
  • A printer to print documents before attending a babysitting job (optional)

All mini series and mega series courses are offered independently or bundled into one complete course respectively.

Other benefits of monthly subscriptions:

Exclusive Content

Free live weekly discussions on Google Hangouts

(one free session per month available with $49 purchase of this course, $10 registration fee per session thereafter)

Live Office Hours on Google Hangouts

Quizzes changed regularly

Email and Skype support.

Your Instructor

Shawna Ebbeson
Shawna Ebbeson

Shawna is passionate about high-quality education. She has over 30 years experience in child care, including private, in-home family child care, as well as licensed center experience. She is the president of Walden University Cyberspace Chapter, the only online chapter for Phi Delta Kappa International. Phi Delta Kappa International is a Professional association of educators.

Shawna holds a

•BS in organizational communication from Kaplan University

•MS in early childhood studies from Walden University

•Graduate certificates from Walden University in Teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Field

•Ed.D. doctoral Candidate

•Graduate coursework in management and leadership, marketing, and digital communication

She is an experienced entrepreneur, launching her first odd jobs business at the age of 9. She has launched several successful home-based businesses, including a long-running pet sitting business and in-home family learning program, an education consulting service. She is the administrative director for her husband's senior living music ministry that is celebrating it's 9th anniversary.

Shawna is a homeschool educator, experienced in all subject matters from birth through 9th grades. She has created her own curriculum for early and middle childhood to best accommodate a child-centered learning experience for her students. She now uses these experiences to empower families of young children and business professionals as an Early Childhood Consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get this course for $1 per month?

Great Question! Here's the link to subscribe to the Babysitting Essentials Mega Series. Once you have purchased the monthly subscription, you may select the option to subscribe to the course for $1.

Why can't I download the lectures?

The video lectures are not available for download; however, you will find links to materials and resources you will need to complete the activities in the lectures.

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