4-H Babysitters Club

4-H Babysitters Club (5th – 8th Grade)

LEAP and 4-H are partnering to bring you a babysitting club like never before!

This 6 week long course, open to students 5th grade through 8th grade, will touch base on all of the major babysitting topics including safety, child development, taking care of children, healthy snack preparation, how to HAVE FUN with your charges and marketing their babysitting business.

What will I learn?

Session 1: Babysitting 101: This session spends time discussing the characteristics of being a good babysitter and whether youth are ready for the responsibility of taking care of another person.

Session 2: Child Development: This session talks about what to expect at each age giving youth the opportunity to decide which age group they might be interested in working with. It also briefly talks about babysitting children with developmental delays.

Session 3: Caring for Children:This session covers what it means to care for children. This includes bath time, snacks, meal times, bed time, discipline and following the rules set by the parents and more.

Session 4: Entertainment and Nutrition: Discuss clever ideas on how to entertain children that does not involve television, iPads or other electronic devices. Also nutritious and safe snacks that babysitters can provide to the kids they are watching.

Session 5: Safety and First Aid: A member of the local police department, fire department and/or medical field will visit this day and present on the topics of safety (strangers at the door, what to do in the case of a fire, when to call 911 or the parents in the event of an injury). If not available the curriculum has a lot of information and activities to discuss with the youth the importance of being smart and safe while babysitting.

Session 6: Marketing your Business/Getting the Job:Information on how to get the job, keep future jobs, and build the youths babysitting business. Determining who needs our services and what they need is a big step in getting a job in the babysitting field. This includes discussing money as well as staying safe while marketing the business.

Session Start & End Dates:

Monday April 9th, 2018 – Monday May 28th, 2018.

West Middle School: Sessions held in the West Middle School Library every Thursday.

Willow Hill: Sessions held in the Willow Hill Art Room every Wednesday.

  • oEXCEPTION: No classes will be held the week of April 23rd, 2018.

Helpful information:

  • Offering will be limited to 10 participants per location. 
  • In the event school is closed, no LEAP activities will be held per TCAPS policy. There is no guarantee of a make-up date in the case of inclement weather. Missed sessions will only be made up if schedules allow.

Participation Fees:

  • $40.00 for NON- 4-H members
  • $20.00 for 4-H members

*Scholarships are available on an as needed basis for those who qualify.

All Babysitters Club participants will receive a “Mary Poppins Bag”!

Participants will receive this bag during the 1st session and have the opportunity to decorate it.

Each session we will add some ‘tools’ to your bag, by the end of the program, each participant will be prepared with their very own bag of tricks!

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 6th, 2018.

Payment is required at the time of registration. To register online using a Discover, MasterCard, Visa, or ACH via a checking or savings account please register below. Payment with cash or check can be made in the LEAP office located at Central High School, 1150 Milliken, Traverse City. The LEAP office is located near the Auditorium. Use the first parking lot on Milliken and enter through the first set of doors. Our office is the first office on the right. Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Please call the LEAP office at 231.933.1758 for more information.

NOTE: Registration is not complete until your course appears in your dashboard. You will also receive an email from Eleyo confirming your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email or see the course in your dashboard, be sure you have not left any course items in your shopping basket. If you need assistance please call the LEAP office (231.933.1758). If you did not receive an email from Eleyo or see your course in your dashboard, the payment did not process and the student is not registered.

5-7 4HWH Closed

  Willow Hill Elementary School


  Apr 11 - May 23
  3:45 - 5:00 pm

  No Class Apr 25

Online registration is over

5-7 4HWMS Closed

  TC West Middle School


  Apr 12 - May 24
  2:45 - 4:00 pm

  No Class Apr 26

Online registration is over