Health Dept. offering ‘Safe Sitter’ classes

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The Fayette County Health Department is offering Safe Sitter classes this summer. This program is designed to prepare students going into sixth, seventh and eighth grades to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. It is a one-day class.

As s student of this course they learn safety skills, which help them to practice safe habits and handle common safety hazards (indoors, outdoors, online and with others). Child care skills teach them how to manage behavior and provide the B-E-S-T (Bedtime, Entertainment, Snacks/Meals, and Toileting) care when babysitting. Also, they learn first-aid and rescue skills, such as how to assess an injury or illness based on the seriousness and urgency and determine who should handle it, as well how to rescue a child or infant that is choking. Life and business skills such as how to screen jobs and discuss fees are learned, as well as important information to collect in preparation for each babysitting job.

The class is being offered June 11, 18 and July 9, hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are at the health department, the cost is $45. Students need to bring a packed lunch. Each participant receives a backpack with a book of everything they learn that day, flashlight, special note pads for instructions and Band-Aid dispenser. At the end of the day there is a 15-minute class where students can demonstrate to their parents what they have learned.

Please call 740-335-5910 to register or if you have questions, ask for Jeannie Bihl. Please register one week before the class begins.

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