Angola, Ind. – Cameron Memorial Community Hospital has become a registered Safe Sitter® teaching site and now offers the comprehensive babysitting training program for young adolescents (11-13). Over 500,000 graduates have completed the course at hundreds of cities across the country. Graduates are able to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and are equally equipped with the tools needed to stay home alone safely.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5. Safe Sitter® is a well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis that aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen babysitters. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The nationally-recognized program was developed by Indianapolis pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what actions to take. Students who complete the Safe Sitter® program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented and learn infant and child choking rescue. They also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business as well as issues of online and cellphone safety. “We are very excited to be offering this course,” said Andrea Walchle, Cameron Community Health Educator. “We feel that it’s very important to promote life and safety skills to the pre-teen population of our community. This class is a fun way to do that as well as teach responsibility and entrepreneurism.”
To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.
The first Safe Sitter® class will be offered at the hospital on February 9, 2013. Registration deadline is February 6, 2013. The class will be offered by the hospital on a quarterly basis. Class dates for 2013 are: February 9, April 20, July 13 and November 2.
For more information about the Safe Sitter® program or to register, contact Andrea Walchle at 260-665-2141 ext. 2392 or go to www.cameronmch.com.