The beginning of summer is full of possibilities. For students, it is break from the classroom and open season at the pool, evenings at the ball field and time to dust off the lemonade stand. For parents, it is a break from the usual routine and a chance to enjoy longer days and possibly a few evenings out and about. The pre-teen and early-teen years are often a time children think about venturing into their own business during the summer break to earn extra money through babysitting. At BSA, we want to make sure they are prepared to safely care for children through our Safe Sitter nationally acclaimed class.
“Safe Sitter students learn childcare duties such as bedtime routines, entertainment, snack/meal routines, and toileting regimes,” says DeLynn Steele, Safe Sitter Site Coordinator. “They are taught general behaviors of children at different ages and stages in child development. They learn how to prevent and handle problem behavior in the children they are caring for.”
The class is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Not only will they learn the basic babysitting skills, they will also learn more about the business of babysitting, safety practices for themselves and children, as well as appropriate responses to medical emergencies. “In class, we discuss what children at different stages of development need and what kind of issues might arise,” adds Steele. “We also discuss how to properly handle any injuries that may occur, such as choking.”
For many, they have never been in a situation, in which they are the responsible party for other children “We stress first and foremost to always remain calm,” Steele says. “Always take the Safe Sitter handbook with you to a job and make sure to have all of the emergency numbers easily accessible. We let the students know that these things are important because when they accept a babysitting job, they accept the responsibility for a child’s life.”
Steele says some attendees come to the Safe Sitter class with previous babysitting experience (caring for younger siblings, for example), but still need to develop important skills. “Most students ages 11 to 14 do not know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, how to change a diaper, when to ask for adult help, or how to screen babysitting jobs. The Safe Sitter program was put in place to help instill confidence in our young babysitters and help them grow in success.”
Classes are offered on these dates:
· July 21, 2017: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
· August 11, 2017: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Safe Sitter class fee is $40. Contact Lacey Roach for registration at 212-4302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes will be held at BSA (1600 Wallace Boulevard) in the Organizational Development Classroom.