EATON — The Preble County YMCA has become a Registered Safe-Sitter® Teaching Site and now offers the comprehensive babysitting training program for young adolescents (ages 11 and up).
Over 650,000 graduates have completed the course at hundreds of cities across the country. Graduates are able to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and are equally equipped with the tools needed to stay home alone safely.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5. Safe Sitter® is a well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis that aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The nationally-recognized program was developed by Indianapolis pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what actions to take. Students who complete the Safe Sitter® program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught infant and child choking rescue and CPR with the Safe Sitter® 1-Day with CPR. They also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business as well as issues of online and cell phone safety.
To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.
For more information on classes offered at the Y contact Becky Morin at the Preble County YMCA at 937-472-2010 or visit our website at www.ymcaonline.org/Preble. First class is offered Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact National Headquarters at 800-255-4089 or visit www.safesitter.org.