Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 will be held Aug. 4 and 5 at Holly Hill Healthcare in Brazil. Registration for this program, sponsored by Holly Hill Healthcare in conjunction with Terre Haute Regional Hospital, is open until July 26.
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 $35 per child. To register, call 812-237-1277.
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 country 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 how to call for help. They receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities. They also learn about the business aspects of babysitting.
To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, the students have to pass a rigorous practical and written test to show they have mastered key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle and emergency.