Babysitter training to be held in Galva June 21

Friday, May 4, 2018

A babysitter’s training course will be held at The Meeting Place in Galva on Thursday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are 11-15 years old and want to become a babysitter, this one-day American Red Cross class will provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children, toddlers and infants. Note: A mature 10-year old can attend.

The training will help participants to develop leadership skills, learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe, help children behave, and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Jean Grove, owner of Tri-State CPR Plus in Sioux City, is a certified American Red Cross instructor, a babysitter’s class instructor, and a trainer of many workplace topics.

Learning objectives include, but are not limited to, the following course syllabus:

1. Define leadership and identify role modeling, respect, communication, motivation, taking action and decision making as important leadership skills.

2. Identify ways to respect diversity among the children they babysit.

3. Apply the FIND decision-making model to common babysitting situations.

4. Use safe and appropriate techniques for finding babysitting jobs.

5. Identify safety-related problems and know how to prevent, recognize and fix them to create a safer environment in and around the home.

6. Identify which behaviors to expect from children based on their ages and developmental stages.

7. Describe the importance of play for children’s growth and development.

8. List and apply appropriate techniques to prevent misbehavior and help children engage in desired behaviors.

9. List at least three types of basic child care and recognize an emergency.

10. Identify and apply the emergency action steps: CHECK—CALL—CARE.

11. Explain the differences between life-threatening and non-life-threatening emergencies.

12. Identify who to call and when to call in different emergency situations.

13. Describe how to check a conscious child or infant.

14. Explain how to care for bleeding and burns.

15. Demonstrate the proper way to wash their hands and how to properly remove disposable gloves.

16. Demonstrate how to pick up and hold an infant and toddler.

17. Demonstrate how to bottle-feed an infant and spoon-feed an infant or toddler

18. Demonstrate how to diaper an infant or toddler.

19. Demonstrate how to help a conscious child or infant who is choking.

20. Demonstrate how to check an unconscious child or infant.

21. Demonstrate how to give care to an unconscious child or infant who is not breathing.

22. Demonstrate the steps to control external bleeding.

For brand new parents, this would be a great class to send your favorite babysitters to for a little extra peace of mind when you are away from your infant or toddler. It would also be very beneficial for children who are alone during the summer months for extended periods of time during the day. In addition, this class would prepare teenagers to assist at child care facilities during the summer or on weekends for a part-time job.

The babysitter training cost is $40 and includes Casey’s pizza for lunch, bottled water, morning and afternoon snacks, handouts and a certificate. Maximum class size is 25 kids. Registrations and pre-payments are due by or before June 14 to reserve a spot since we are ordering food.

The Meeting Place is located at 106 East Second Street behind Sole 2 Soul’s fitness center and across the street from the Galva Fire Station and Library. Call (712) 282-4426 to sign your child up.