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Baby-sitting basics course teaches youth responsibility

Aug 09, 2017
Courtesy of: Washington County Extension Class members are all smiles after practicing using fire extinguishers. Joey Wallace shared his knowledge with the class.

A Baby-sitting Basics Training Course was offered the week of July 31-Aug. 4 to help youth become responsible baby sitters.

Special guests filled the week with their expertise.

The first day Police Chief Greg Goodman talked about how to stay safe in a variety of situations and Joey Wallace discussed fire safety and gave each youth the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher.

The second day, Lindsey Steen and Kaiya came and educated the class about infant care and the steps involved in providing for infants.

The third day, Amy Green and Michelle Redlinger, along with their toddlers, talked with the class about caring for kids at this active age.

The fourth day, Sonya Love-Smith and Jodi Ebert discussed ages and stages of young children, safety, age-appropriate toys and activities, and physical, mental, social and emotional aspects of child development.

The last day, the Washington County Ambulance spoke with the group on what to do in an emergency and first aid procedures.

Also happening the last day, Miranda Romoser, a graduate of the class and current baby sitter, spoke on her baby-sitting experiences. Class members were able to ask her questions and gain insight about becoming a baby sitter.

Eighteen students completed this five-day course sponsored by ISU Extension-Washington County.

This course is offered each summer to offer basic training and preparation to youth starting their baby-sitting career.

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