Young teens who are just beginning to babysit are encouraged to take advantage of the new Safe Sitter babysitting course offered by Grundy County Memorial Hospital. The course is scheduled for Monday, October 14, and is also ideal for preparing children for staying home alone safely.
Grundy County Memorial Hospital is a registered Safe Sitter Teaching Site and will utilize health care professionals to teach the comprehensive babysitting training program. The day-long course is aimed at young adolescents, ages 11 and up, 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 cell phone 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 six-hour course. There is a course fee, which includes the first aid and rescue components, as well as the completion card.
The first class is being offered at the hospital Education Room on Monday, October 14, 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m., when several area school districts have a scheduled day off for students. For more information or to register for the Safe Sitter course, phone Grundy County Memorial Hospital at (319)824-5085. Class size is limited.