Safe Sitter Class being offered at Memorial Hospital

February 03, 2019

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Teens in Mt. Washington Valley can once again locally receive comprehensive babysitting training, including CPR. Offered at Memorial Hospital, these classes are designed to help babysitters prevent injuries and handle emergencies when home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Safe Sitter Classes include CPR and safety training along with the basics of setting up a babysitting business.

The next class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. The class is limited to 10 participants. Early registration is highly recommended. Advance registration is required online at memorial.coursestorm.com.

The cost is only $50 per student, and scholarships are available for those who cannot otherwise afford to attend. The course will be taught by Memorial Hospital nursing staff including Linda Taylor and Jessica Whitaker.

Memorial Hospital is a Registered Safe Sitter® Teaching Site. Safe Sitter® aims to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by young teen caretakers. The program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills and instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The nationally-recognized program was developed by pediatrician Dr. Patricia Keener after a colleague’s toddler choked to death while in the care of an adult sitter who didn’t know what to do. Students who complete a Safe Sitter® course gain confidence and learn how, why, and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught infant and child choking rescue and CPR. They also learn how a child’s age affects the care they receive, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business, and issues in online and cellphone safety.

Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card that demonstrates they know how to use their skills in situations they encounter.

For more information about the classes, contact Memorial Hospital at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264.

For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization visit safesitter.org.