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McLeod Loris Offers Training For Teens to Be Safe Sitters

(4/02/12) - McLeod Loris is offering a class that teaches young teens interested in babysitting that provides instruction on handling emergencies and age appropriate activities when caring for younger children.

Safe Sitter classes are designed for girls and boys ages 11 to 13. Participants take part in a number of exercises that will make them more confident caregivers.

“Thousands of adolescents across the country have attended Safe Sitter classes and learned how to handle emergencies,” said Stacey Mott, Outreach Coordinator and Safe Sitter Instructor. “Students attending the class get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.”

Class participants learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They receive information on child development and learn practical business tips since babysitting is most often a teen’s first job.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students have to pass a practical and written test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

The next class will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Health & Fitness. Registration is required as classes are limited to 12 students. Cost for the class is $50. To register your son or daughter, please call (843) 716-7381.

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