Teenagers ready to earn some pocket change through babysitting can get the skills they need to be successful at the next ThedaCare Safe Sitter class.
“Babysitting is a business and teens need to be ready for the job and give parents a peace of mind when they leave,” said Cynthia Arnoldussen, RN and clinical educator for the Health and Wellness Department at Riverside Medical Center (RMC) in Waupaca.
Safe Sitters, a class co-sponsored by Riverside Medical Center's Auxiliary, is for boys and girls, ages 11-13. There are no exceptions to the age. Students learn injury prevention and treatment, key elements of basic CPR, choking rescue, staying safe, the business of babysitting and being a “body guard” for the child.
Babysitting is more than just feeding, diapering, holding and playing with a child, said Arnoldussen. “While those are important, a good babysitter has to be able to handle any issues that arise,” she said.
The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., March 15, and Sat., March 22, in the Maasch Education Center located in RMC’s 902 Building. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $25. Teens will be required to attend all classes to receive certification. For information, call (715) 258-1119 or register on-line at www.thedacare.org.
If teens are unable to sign up for the spring class, another will be offered in the summer.