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Better Babysitters

Better Babysitters

In this class, students will learn about:

  • Responsible babysitting
  • Basic child development
  • Infant and child care
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • How to handle emergencies
  • Age-appropriate toys
  • Business tips
  • What parents expect

This class does not include CPR training, practice or certification. If you are looking for a CPR class for your child, please register them for CPR and First Aid for Babysitters.

This class is intended for teens and preteens, ages 11 to 14. If your child is over 14, you must have special permission to enroll in this class. Call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9878.

Classes are currently offered in Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. Bellevue classes are provided at and in partnership with Overlake Medical Center.

Classes fill up quickly and there is no waiting list.

Please call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9879 with additional questions.

Classes fill up quickly. All dates may not be available. Click the "Register" button below to check class availability.

TimeLocationCost
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Dec 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pavilion for Women & Children, Everett – 900 Pacific Ave.$40 per personRegister
Sat, Dec 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Dec 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue — 1035 116th Ave NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Dec 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building – 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sun, Jan 18, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue — 1035 116th Ave. NE $40 per personRegister
Sat, Jan 31, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister
Sat, Jan 31, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Children's Admin Building — 6901 Sand Point Way NE$40 per personRegister

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where are the Better Babysitters classes held?

    Better Babysitters classes are held in Seattle, Bellevue and Everett.

    Seattle classes are located at 6901 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle Children's Administration Building (map). Bellevue classes, held in partnership with Overlake Medical Center, are located at 1035 116th Ave. NE in Overlake Medical Center’s PACCAR Education Center (map). Everett classes are located at 900 Pacific Ave. in the Pavilion for Women and Children on Providence Everett's Pacific Campus.

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  • If a class is full, is there a waiting list option?

    There is no waiting list for these classes, but we encourage you to check back often as spots do open up occasionally. All class registrations close at midnight two business days prior to the class date, after which time no new registrations can be accepted.

    Please do not show up to a class hoping for an available spot, as instructors cannot accommodate walk-ins.

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  • How do I transfer or cancel a class?

    To cancel a registration or to transfer an existing registration to a different Better Babysitters class with open spaces, call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9879. There will be a $10 transaction fee to cancel or transfer.

    All class registrations close at midnight two business days prior to the class date, after which time no new registrations, transfers or cancellations can be accepted.

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  • If I have more than one child and want them to attend the same class, do I have to register each child separately?

    Yes, each child needs to be registered separately, and the class fee is $40 per child.

    There is no discount for registering multple children. You will need to complete the full registration process for each child.

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  • Is lunch provided?

    No. Please pack a lunch, snack and water bottle.

    There is no cafeteria available.

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  • I want to sign up another child, who is not part of our family, in addition to my own. Can I do that?

    No. It is not possible to sign up a child who is not part of your family. Each family must sign up their own child for the class. Adult consent is required when registering, and you can only grant consent for your child.

    Also, the registration system assigns each family an account. If you choose to take another class in the future, your registration will fall under your family's account.

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  • I want to sign up a whole group of students (like a Girl Scout troop) or schedule a private class. How do I do that?

    Group size can be up to 22 students. Our ability to accommodate private classes is subject to instructor availability. Do not use the online system to register for private classes.

    For more information, call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9878.

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  • How will I know if my child's registration is confirmed for the class?

    You will see a confirmation appear on the screen once you have sucessfully registered. You should also receive a confirmation email when you complete the registration process and pay with a credit card.

    If you do not receive a confirmation email, but believe that you have registered, please contact Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9878.

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  • Is my personal information secure?

    The online payment system uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software with the latest encryption technology designed to keep your personal information safe.

    All of your personal information – including your name, address and credit card number – is encrypted for maximum security. Your personal information cannot be read as it travels to our registration system. We do not ask for or collect Social Security numbers.

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  • I know there is a class this coming weekend and I want to register my child for it, but I do not see it as an option. How do I register my child for that class?

    The class you are looking for might already be full, or the class is closed.

    Registration closes at midnight two business days prior to the class date, after which time no new registrations, transfers or cancellations will be accepted.

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  • If a class has to be canceled due to weather conditions or instructor emergency, how will I be notified?

    We make every effort to avoid canceling classes. In the event of a cancellation, we notify the class via email as early as possible, which is generally the morning of the class. We will call the phone number you provided during registration. Registration staff will contact you within five days to reschedule. We will not charge the standard $10 transaction fee if we cancel the class.

    If you are unsure if your class has been cancelled, please check your email. If you don't see an email from Seattle Children's, please call Seattle Children's operator at 206-987-2000 to check.

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  • What if my child needs an interpreter?

    If your child needs an interpreter, please complete the online registration process. Once you have registered your child for a class, please call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9878 to let staff know which class and date you have registered your child for and ask for an interpreter.

    Interpreter requests must be made at least one week before the class.

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  • My child has a disability. Can that be accommodated?

    Yes. Please contact Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9878.

    All Better Babysitters classrooms are wheelchair-accessible.

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  • Where can I get additional copies of the Family Information Form that my child received during the class?

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  • Does Children’s keep a referral list for people in the community who are looking for a babysitter?

    No. For liability reasons, Seattle Children’s does not keep a referral list of babysitters.
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  • What if I need a scholarship for my child to attend a Better Babysitters class?

    Scholarships are available as needed. Please call Seattle Children's class registration line at 206-987-9879.
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