Safe Sitter Class Offered for Young Teens

Young teens who are just beginning to babysit are encouraged to take advantage of the Safe Sitter® babysitting course offered by Grundy County Memorial Hospital in their Education Room. The course is also ideal for preparing children for staying home alone safely. The course is scheduled on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. in the GCMH Education Room. 

The course is aimed at young adolescents who have completed 5th grade and will help prepare future babysitters to handle emergencies when caring for younger children, as well as be equipped with the tools needed to be at home alone. 

Safe Sitter® is a nationally recognized youth development program with a medical basis that aims to reduce the number of avoidable accidents among children being cared for by young teen babysitters. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

Students who complete the Safe Sitter® program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen to children in their care so they can be prevented. Students are taught infant and child choking rescue. They also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business, as well as issues of online and cellphone safety. 

To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students will take a written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts taught in the seven and a half hour course. The course fee is $35, which includes the first aid and rescue components, as well as the completion card. Students will need to bring a sack lunch or money to purchase their lunch in the East J Cafe.

More information can be found here.