The second class of Safe Sitter was recently completed at the Fayette County Health Department. There were eight students learning the importance of being a safe babysitter. Topics covered included child care skills, such as handling difficult behavior issues, the importance of patience when dealing with children and how to entertain children of all ages.
First aid and rescue skills are taught. They learn how to rescue a choking child or infant and the importance of staying calm in an emergency. Safety is the main theme of the course and the sitter’s role is to watch the children at all times. Topics such as how to handle bad weather, knowing when to ask for help and how to call for help in an emergency are also covered. The students are taught how important it is for them to accept safe jobs, ones they know they are comfortable with and that they can handle. The students learn by videos, lecture, games and role play.
There is one class left with openings for July 10. Each student receives a draw string cinch bag, booklet with all the information they learn in class, flashlight, band-aid dispenser and a notepad for instructions. This is for students going into sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Class is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are to bring a packed lunch and the cost is $45. You may register by calling 740-335-5910.