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Babysitting Basics course teaches youth responsibility

Jun 17, 2013
Photo by: Washington County Extension Ellie Bell, daughter of Lance and Kerri Bell, practices using a fire extinguisher while Joey Wallace offers tips for proper use at the Babysitting Basics course through ISU Extension.

A Babysitting Basics Training Course was offered the week of June 10 to help youth to be responsible babysitters.

Special guests filled the week with their expertise. Lisa Clark, director of UP Daycare, talked with the class on employer expectations and the responsibilities of being a babysitter. Greg Goodman, Washington Chief of Police, emphasized the importance of being a safe sitter. Joey Wallace discussed fire safety and gave each youth the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher. On the second day, Amy Green and her daughter Adrian, talked with the class on infant care, such as feeding, burping and changing. On the third and fourth days, Cindy Hinckley discussed ages and stages of young children, safety, age-appropriate toys and activities, and physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of child development.

On the last day, Alisia Meader and Regina Choate of the Washington County Ambulance spoke with the group on what to do in an emergency and first-aid procedures and also brought their ambulance and gave the class members a tour. Also on the last day, Maddie Hora, a graduate of the class and current babysitter, spoke on her babysitting experiences. Class members were able to ask her questions.

Twenty-five youth completed this five-day course sponsored by ISU Extension-Washington County. This course is offered each year for children who have completed fifth grade. Contact the Washington County Extension Office for more information at 319-653-4811.

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