TOPEKA — Over 50 At-risk youth ages 11-15 have already participated in the free courses offered by the Red Cross throughout the past year. The next course will be offered June 16, at the American Red Cross office in Topeka. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
Organizations and groups that serve at-risk youth 11 to 15 years old, can also set up a private babysitting course by calling Sharita Davis at 785-234-0568, ext. 224.
“We want to help youth excel in babysitting the children they are caring for,” said Sharita Davis, Corporate Account Specialist, “The Red Cross babysitting courses help teens feel fully prepared to act quickly to aid a child if needed, which parents really value.”
The Red Cross babysitting, CPR and first aid courses teach teens how to care for young children and handle emergency situations. The American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course gives youth the knowledge and confidence to care for infants and school-aged children.
Participants will learn to respond to emergencies and illness with first aid, rescue breathing and other appropriate care, supervise children and infants, perform basic childcare skills like diapering and feeding, choose safe, age appropriate games and toys, handle bedtime and discipline issues, identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, burns, cuts, and bee stings, and communicate effectively with parents.
After completing the program, participants will receive a training handbook, emergency reference guide, and babysitting training CD which will provide learning tools to continue education after class has completed.