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Babysitter Training at Sacred Heart

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Calling all future babysitters!
Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola offers students in grades 6th through 8th to participate in a safety class that prepares them to watch siblings at home or babysit. Classes are based on the curriculum established by Safe Sitter, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making communities safer.
The next Safe Sitter class is Monday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hospital’s Population Health Department at 5051 Carpenters Creek Drive in Pensacola. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises.
The class fee is $40, and participants should bring their own lunch and snacks. For more information about Safe Sitter classes, contact Jennifer Richardson at 850-416-7244 or email jennifer.smith1@ascension.org.
If your future babysitter is not able to attend this class, the American Heart Association offers an online class called Babysitting Basics. This class is designed for youth ages 11 and up. This online course will prepare students to be better babysitters. Topics include how to provide care for infants and children; how to stay safe; what to do in an emergency; how to choose age-appropriate activities; and how to recognize and handle a variety of behaviors. Students will also learn the basics of starting a babysitting business.
The course consists of six interactive modules featuring videos, activities, games, and tools babysitters can use to build their knowledge and skills and manage their babysitting business. This course, which includes a final exam at the end, takes about 4 hours to complete. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a printable certificate.