Safe Sitter®: So Much More Than
people hear "babysitting training", what generally comes to mind?
Many immediately think diaper changing, bottle feeding and keeping
kids entertained. Yes, caring for infants and children
does involve all of these important tasks. However, a
well-rounded youth development program with a medical basis, such
as Safe Sitter®, focuses on so much more. It presents serious life
skills in a fun way!
Safe Sitters are not just highly-qualified babysitters. They're
young business owners with practical life and safety skills-many
already with an eye toward future endeavors! Because, in addition
to being knowledgeable about safe childcare (including first aid,
choking child rescue and CPR), Safe Sitters:
gain early experience being business owners. Students learn
beginning business skills such as how to market themselves as
qualified babysitters, how to assess job requirements and decide
whether or not to take a job, how to negotiate an hourly rate, and
how to deliver a proper handshake.
get inspired about future career options. The skills
learned are the first rung of many career ladders, including youth
development, child care, medicine and nursing.
are encouraged to be active participants in making a difference
in their communities. They feel empowered as they see themselves as
confident, nurturing and valuable leaders.
feel comfortable staying home alone (and perhaps taking care of
their younger siblings while parents are away) because they've
learned about personal safety and what to do in an