Group of Teens Now Certified Babysitters

Jun 20, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

After completing the Babysitter’s Training Course on June 9 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 17 area teens are newly certified by the American Red Cross for babysitting. Taught by Pauline Garcia, clinical and community educator at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, the fun and fast-paced class included hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials, and interactive discussion.

The course is used to train and certify over 120,000 babysitters nationwide each year and teaches young people ages 11-15 how to supervise children and infants and perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding, and dressing. The course also teaches how to identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries and emergencies, and how to find and interview for babysitting jobs.

“Babysitter’s Training uses hands-on activities, exciting video, and role-plays to help the participants learn how to be responsible babysitters,” said Pauline Garcia, certified course instructor.

Participants received the Babysitter’s Training Handbook containing information to use in class and on the job; an Emergency Reference Guide providing step-by-step instructions to handle common emergencies; a CD-ROM including tools such as a printable activity booklet with games, songs and recipes, a resume template, and more.

Participants included Sara A. Balderas, Shelby Colvin, Kayla K. Curtis, Paris Davis, Olivia Evans, Sky Galvan, Thomas B. Garcia, Anna Hiebert, Brooke Kolacek, Hope Lopez, Lysset Medina, Ariana Perez, Tressa Reading, Bryanna Rodriguez, Reba Rodriguez, Jackson Taylor, and Ruben Zamora.

The next Babysitter’s Training course offered by the hospital will be held Wednesday, August 13 beginning at 8:30am in the Education Conference Room. There is a $30 fee per student. Space is limited so please register early to reserve a seat. Attendees should pack a lunch for the all-day class. To learn more or register, contact course instructor Pauline Garcia at 830-278-6251 extension 1516.

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