Newly Certified Babysitters in Town

Nov 26, 2019 /

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After completing the Safesitter Babysitter Training Program on November 25, 2019 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital (UMH), 8 area youth ages sixth through eighth grade are newly certified for babysitting. Taught by UMH community health workers, Rosie Verdusco and Lydia Canales, 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 adolescents nationwide each year and teaches youth safety childcare, and first aid and rescue skills. Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Childcare skills like tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care are also discussed. Students learn the ages and stages of child developments, as well as practice diapering.

Additionally, students learn skills such as choking rescue and CPR. A system to help the youth assess and respond to injuries and illnesses is also taught.

“Safesitter uses hands-on activities and role-plays to help the students learn how to be responsible babysitters,” said Rosie Verdusco, certified course instructor.

Finally, the instructor reviews how to screen for babysitting jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers to help set the students up for success. These skills are even practiced through various role-plays during the course.

Participants included: (Pictured Bottom L-R) Mia Rios, Alexis Ruiz, Adrian Lomas, Maree Hernandez (Top L-R) Marilyn Olivarez, Amber Gonzales, Hayley McGuire, Yuliana Ramos, UMH Community Health Worker Rosie Verdusco

The next Babysitter’s Training course offered by the hospital will be held January 3, 2020. There is a $35 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 public relations at 830-278-6251 extension 1038.


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