At Babysitter Boot Camp this week, 33 future babysitters, age 10-14, learned about safety, handling medical emergencies, behavior management and child care techniques from experts in the community at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
Lisa Robinson, hospital medical staff coordinator, said it is important for babysitters to be prepared.
“If they have responsibilities to care for siblings, friends of the family kids or if they get a babysitting job it is important for them to be award of the variables,” Robinson said. “We teach them home safety. We don’t expect them to do CPR but we do train them so they feel comfortable in an emergency to call 911 or possibly do CPR.”
Robinson said community experts give real and specific tips to help the babysitters on the job and in everyday life.
Students learned the basics of hand hygiene from Alida Merritt, a registered nurse; fire safety from firefighter Dylan Wick; first aid basics from Lisa Schultz, an emergency medical service provider; nutrition basics from Janelle Campbell, a registered dietitian; Cooking 101 from Dietary Department Head Robert Ashley; CPR/AED from Robinson and home safety from Hamilton Police Officer Michael Neil.
Robinson said students are from all over the valley. Some even came from out of state but are here visiting family.
“I also have siblings, boys and repeat attendees,” she said. “For some this is their fourth babysitting boot camp. Some have told me they have jobs lined up from people who only hire kids who have had this class with training and awareness.”
Future babysitters said they learned how to stay safe and received important information like how to save a child’s life.
Mara White said she learned CPR.
Janessa Chaplin learned what to ask the parents about the kids. Cara McGrath learned what to bring to a babysitting job. Sophie Urso learned the Heimlich maneuver.
Ashlynn Rogstad said the class had an added bonus.
“I really liked making friends across the county line,” Rogstad said.
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