J.C. Blair Offers Safe Sitter Classes to Area Youth
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital joins hundreds of cities across the country that offer Safe Sitter® babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches 11 to 13 year old girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.
J.C. Blair is offering two different sessions this summer, Friday, June 24, and Monday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. Fee is $40, and includes Safe Sitter ® manual, program completion card, snacks and lunch. Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 22. Space is limited. To register, please call (814) 643-8839.
Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, developed the Safe Sitter® program after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn\'t know what to do. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children. The goal of Safe Sitter® is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by adolescent babysitters.
Over 500,000 Safe Sitter® graduates have learned how to handle life threatening emergencies, how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They even learn about the business aspects of babysitting. Safe Sitters are more confident and capable caregivers.
To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.
For more information or to register for the Safe Sitter® class, please call (814) 643-8839.