Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

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The next class is on Tuesday, August 6th at 110 E. Hotchkiss Ave. in Hotchkiss at the North Fork EMS Headquarters. Contact Katie Hedley at 970-201-3423 to register! The course is designed to prepare students to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or providing babysitting services. The Safe Sitter Instructor led class includes games and role-playing exercises, guided discussion, skills practice and first aid, CPR, and choking rescue.

This class is recommended for 6-8th grade students, but there may be exceptions. It’s extremely valuable for teenagers and young adults to learn first aid and rescue skills, alongside good business practices. Learning these types of life skills at an early age is a great way to show kids how to take on responsibility, and may be building blocks for future jobs.

The class teaches four main categories: safety, child care skills, first aid & rescue, and life & business skills. In the safety portion, students learn how to avoid unsafe situations and what to do in the event of something like a power failure or weather emergency. With child care skills, instructors offer tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, and a lesson on diapering. The first aid section includes CPR and choking rescue from our certified CPR instructor, as well as how to assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. Instructors talk about how to screen jobs, discuss fees and greet employers in the life & business lesson. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

Get registered for the next class on August 6th, 2024! We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for pre-teens and teens in our communities!

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