offers Safe Sitter course
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys age 11 to 13 will be held on July 25, 26 and 27. Registration for the two and one-half day program, sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital, is open until July 5; register early as class size is limited.
The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $25.00. To register your son or daughter, or your child’s babysitter, call Cheri Holthaus at 962-2327 or Brenda Kaschmitter at 962-3251
The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the county have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.
All information is medically accurate and is taught by trained Safe Sitter instructors. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.
Safe Sitter participants also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers. They learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities. And they learn about the business of babysitting.
To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, the students have to pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.