Summer is just around the corner, and that means an increased need for babysitters as many parents scramble to find seasonal care for their out-of-school children.
Well-trained babysitters can play an important role in preventing life-threatening situations or help lessen the danger of such situations by knowing how to appropriately react if and when they occur. Well-trained babysitters can manage their surroundings and the behavior of the children they are charged with protecting, including how to stay calm in potential crisis situations.
So where can babysitters get this training?
The Northshore Fire Department is offering two 2-day Safe Sitter® classes this summer. The first is scheduled for July 7-8, the second for August 4-5. Class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
The class is open to girls and boys ages 11 to 13. Class size is limited to 16 students.
Safe Sitter® (www.safesitter.org) is the only national nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to preparing young adolescents for the profound responsibility of nurturing and protecting children. It is a program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children, including basic lifesaving techniques such as infant and child CPR. Students learn safety precautions, how to understand children of different ages, and the business of babysitting. Cost for the class is $40 and includes a take-home Safe Sitters kit.