OCH Regional Medical Center to Host ‘Safe Sitter’ Program for Teens

Date(s) - 07/16/2014
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Injuries are the leading cause of death in children up to age 5, so today’s babysitters need to know more than just the basics of child care. OCH Regional Medical Center will provide two opportunities this summer for young teens to receive training in babysitting.

On Wednesday, June 11 and Wednesday, July 16, trained professionals at OCH will teach the Safe Sitter Certification Class. This nationally recognized program teaches 11-14-year-old students how to be confident and safe babysitters by providing information on child development, age appropriate activities, and safety and security precautions. Students also receive hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques such as saving a choking infant or child.

In addition, the curriculum covers the issue of technology and how it impacts sitter safety. Babysitters learn about making wise decisions when it comes to cell phone and Internet usage while on the job.

The fee for the class is $35. That price includes a student manual, Safe Sitter backpack, flashlight, miscellaneous babysitting supplies, snack, lunch and a graduating certificate and ceremony. To sign up for one of the classes on June 11 or July 16, contact OCH Public Relations Coordinator Mary Kathryn Kight at 662-615-3067 or by e-mail at mkight@och.org. You may also find the registration form at www.och.org under “community outreach” on the right-hand side of the page.