Youths in the Moundridge area can have a reperitoire of fun activities and CPR training under their belts if they want to excel at babysitting this summer.
The Safe Sitter Course from 8 a.m. to noon on May 23 at the Moundridge EMS Station, located at 225 N. Wedel Ave., will equip anyone wanting to offer childcare with necessary skills.
“The purpose of this is to have our young adults that are going out to babysit to be equipped with safety techniques if something would arise they would be ready to take care of it,” said Vicky Kessler, Moundridge Recreations Commission Director.
To be in the class, students must have completed sixth grade. Only 10 are allowed per class.
“I cut it off at 10. We just want to make sure that everything will be covered and it’s easier with only 10 in a class,” she said.
Kessler said that all spots are filled for the May 23 class, but said if 10 more students want to participate, she would offer another class.
Cost of the class is $25, which goes toward the EMS first-aid training gear.
Accident prevention will be a main subject of EMS training, which will be conducted by Sherry Jerome. Students will also learn to rescue a choking child and perform basic first-aid.
“We always want to be on the side of preventative so if the parent was getting a sitter, they would feel comfortable if the sitter had this course,” she said.
Other than safety aspects of babysitting, students will learn fun and engaging activities to have on-hand for children in their care.
“I’m going to give them some ideas to do with infants, toddlers and older children that will encourage growth and development,” Kessler said. “Back when I babysat, I had a babysitting bag and I had all those things I wanted to have and I had a checklist for parents to fill out so we will be doing that too and all the phone numbers the sitter needs, allergies things like that so they’re ready to go when they come into child care.”
During Kessler’s session of developmental activities, she hopes students learn the importance of early childhood development.
“I think it’s important for them to understand what to expect out of an infant, a 1-year-old, toddlers and so on and how you keep them actively engaged. I don’t want them going out and sitting in front of a TV screen or a long period of screen time, so I’m going to give them some fun ideas,” she said. “First and foremost we want them to be able to feel like they are prepared and have knowledge to be equipped in case there would be an emergency that they would feel comfortable and to be ready to act.”
Although there are educational shows on TV, Kessler noted to search for other ideas.
“There are some good activities on it, but that shouldn’t be the first thing to do,” she said.
For more information, call 620-345-2608.
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