Ten young ladies and one young man attended the first of a new series of Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Courses in Parker on January 19, 2013. This all-day class featured a combination of video, instructional and hands-on training to teach preparedness, prevention, injury treatment, and basic parent and child “people” skills. After taking this class, teens and pre-teens feel more comfortable being responsible in a situation involving the care of young children.
I spoke two young cousins decided to take the class together. Vanessa, 12, told me she wanted to learn how to be more prepared for situations where she is in charge; this included knowing what to do in case of injury, learning children’s CPR techniques, and how to coordinate with medical personnel. Her cousin, Isabella, age 11, also spoke with me about why she took the class and what she learned from it. In addition to lifesaving skills such as CPR techniques and First Aid for injuries, she also learned different skills for how to cooperate with kids, deal with siblings of different ages, and tips for conversing with parents.
Both girls hope to take their newfound skills and confidence to work in the nursery with the young children at the church they attend.
Ruth Montoya-Starr, the Red Cross instructor of the class, was extremely pleased with both the turnout and the way the class progressed. This was the very first class in Parker, and its success is a good sign of things to come for the program’s future.
If you or your child is interested in taking the Red Cross Babysitter’s Training course, more details are available on http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class.