Martha Jefferson Healthwise: Babysitter's Training Course

June 18, 2014

School is out for summer break and that means some kids will be babysitting younger family members or taking care of other kids to make a little money this season.

So, Martha Jefferson Hospital is teaming up with the Red Cross to offer a free babysitter's training course.

The course will train boys and girls ages 11 to 15 in how to supervise children and infants, how to avoid safety hazards and how to handle discipline issues. They will also learn a little first aid and basic child care skills like diapering and feeding small children.

"We know that a lot of kids are out there babysitting this summer, whether informally or formally, and we want to bring them in for training to make sure they are safe as possible," said Jacklene Martin, MJH Director of Community Benefit.

Students say taking the class allows them to feel more comfortable while babysitting.

"When you formally take a class, you actually learn rather than just having an idea of what you think would be the right thing to do. It's like you know that you're doing it right," said Kiara McCoy, Student Enrolled in Babysitter's Training Course.

Students complete the course in one day and will leave with a certification.

To sign up, just call Martha Jefferson Health Connection at 434-654-7009.

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