Preparing adolescent babysitters is what Safe Sitter is all about.
Safe Sitter is one of the few programs we are able to offer pre-teens. It is an opportunity to increase self-esteem through teaching life-saving techniques and promoting early nurturing skills.
Upcoming 2013 classes:
June 25 & 26 at The Richland Hospital, Inc.
July 11 & 12 at Spring Green Library
July 30 & 31 at The Richland Hospital, Inc.
August 14 & 15 at Lone Rock Mason Temple
October 24 & 25 at Muscoda Kratochwill Building
To register, call Cindy Hying at the Richland Hospital. 647-6321; Extension 2203.
Safe Sitter is …
A medically accurate instructional program designed for 11-13 year olds. Because Safe Sitter’s immediate goal is to reduce the numbers of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters, the course stresses how to handle emergencies - major and minor. The course is intensive and interactive. During the two-day program, students listen, practice, role play - and learn an array of topics including:
Child and Infant CPR
Care for a chocking infant or child
Calling for emergency help
This “ready to teach" program also covers the basics of child care. Topics range from how to feed and diaper an infant to what problems to expect with each age group from infant to school age. Principles of the ethical and business aspects of babysitting are discussed. To become a Safe Sitter, students must pass rigorous written and practical exams. Safe Sitter was founded in 1980 by Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A. Keener, after a nurse's 18-month-old choked to death while under the care of an adult sitter. In reflecting on her colleague's loss, Dr. Keener recognized the vulnerability of young children when cared for by unprepared child care providers. Dr. Keener taught the first Safe Sitter class in an Indianapolis middle school. Since that first class of 18 students, over 350,000 young people have completed the course. Safe Sitter is currently taught in all 50 states and England. Safe Sitter is a high-quality program that gives young adolescents the skills to be safe, nurturing babysitters. Parents/guardians are always impressed with the results.
The Richland Hospital’s Safe Sitter Program Was Named a Top 10 U.S.A. Safe Sitter Program