HOLYOKE — The Greater Holyoke YMCA will offer a Safe Sitter class for girls and boys age 11 to 14 on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Greater Holyoke YMCA. Registration for the program, sponsored by the Greater Holyoke YMCA, is open until July 11.
The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $45. To pre-register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter, call (413) 534-5631.
Thousands of adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter instructors to handle life-threatening emergencies. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitters also offers helpful tips to make young people more confident caregivers. Participants learn safety precautions, how to understand children of different ages, and even the business of babysitting. To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.