The Fayette County Health Department just graduated 13 boys and girls from its Safe Sitter class.
The class is taught by nurses from the health department. The students learn a variety of topics that will help them when watching younger siblings at home or babysitting with other children.
Students learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practicing diapering. The students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
They practice these skills through role-playing. By practicing on mannequins, first-aid and rescue skills are taught so the students know how to handle a choking infant or child. They also learn how to assess and respond to injuries and illnesses with their first aid chart. The students are informed of tips to help manage behavior so that they stay in control of themselves and the children in their care.
In addition to the role-playing and training, the students are taught life and business skills such as the ability to screen jobs, discuss fees and greet employers. These life skills will help the students now and into the future.
Upon completion of the class, each student receives a cinch bag which contains a book containing the information they have learned in class, a flashlight, Band-Aid dispenser, and a note pad to record necessary information when babysitting.
If anyone is interested in taking the one-day course, please call the health department at 740-335-5910. The cost is $40.
For more information contact Jeannie Bihl at the Fayette County Health Department.