Looking for a qualified babysitter for date night? Or perhaps you know a teen looking to make some extra money this school year? Renown is offering a Safe Sitter course this October, which will teach participants about CPR, first aid, how to handle emergencies and babysitting responsibilities.
The statistics tell an interesting story about babysitting: According to the American Red Cross, 8 out of 10 parents said that they would pay more for an experienced babysitter who has knowledge of infant/child CPR, choking and basic first-aid.
To that end, Renown is offering a 7-hour Safe-Sitter course Oct. 6 that is designed for 11- to 15-year-olds. Participants leave with a set of materials and resources to use in class and on the job. This class will help prepare them for emergencies and provide attendees with an idea of the responsibilities of babysitting.
By taking a Safe Sitter class, you will learn the skills of babysitting that can also lead to being a better parent. While some may think babysitting is simply “common sense,” properly working with children — and being prepared for emergency situations — does require knowledge and specific skills.
Basic Babysitting Know-How
Here are just a few examples of what a good babysitter should know:
- Which foods are choking hazards? What do you do if a child does begin to choke?
- Are the toys I’m offering age-appropriate for the children you’re watching?
- What allergies do the children have, and how should you be prepared for possible allergic reactions?
As common sense as it may sound, even knowing the address of the home — without having to run to the curb to check — can be a very important in the event of an emergency; precious time can potentially be saved by having that information in a convenient and safe place.
What’s just as important is learning how to operate your own business business, key questions to ask during the interview, child development basics and the dos and don’ts of babysitting.
By participating in the class, students will practice:
- changing diapers
- crib safety
- bottle feeding