'Safe Sitter' Course Teaches Responsible Babysitting

Teens Learn Through Waupaca Class That Babysitting is a Job

The skills teenagers learn through Safe Sitter classes are ones they can apply during babysitting and at home.

“They learn these skills that are critical,” said Cynthia Arnoldussen, RN, at Riverside Medical Center (RMC) in Waupaca.

Safe Sitters will be offered October 13 and 20. The program, which is co-sponsored by Riverside Medical Center's Auxiliary, teaches injury prevention and treatment; CPR; basic child-care skills such as diapering and feeding; management of problem behavior; and the business side of babysitting, among other topics.

Arnoldussen said participants enjoy learning about CPR and choking rescue. “They are learning to care for the child safely,” she said.

They also learn how to play games with the kids as well as safety issues and how to address the topic of money. “We teach them how to talk about money so they are being paid appropriately for the situation,” she said, noting teenagers will learn how to treat babysitting like a job.

The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center. Teens will be required to attend all classes to receive certification.

The fee is $25 per child participant ages 11 to 13. Each teen must be registered separately. Checks can be made payable to ThedaCare. To register, call (715) 258-1119, or register online at www.thedacare.org. Register the teen's name and put the name of the parent/guardian in the comment section, along with their daytime telephone number.

Riverside Medical Center is a 25-bed acute-care, critical access hospital located in Waupaca. Riverside Medical Center has previously been rated among the “100 Top Hospitals™” in the United States by Solucient, Inc. Riverside Medical Center was founded in 1955 and employs more than 300 people, making it one of the five largest employers in the area.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!