Newly Certified Babysitter’s in Town

Jun 23, 2020 /

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After completing the Safesitter Babysitter Training Program on June 22, 2020 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital (UMH), 8 area youth ages sixth through eighth grade are newly certified for babysitting. Taught by UMH community health worker, Rosie Verdusco, the fun and fast-paced class included hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials, and interactive discussion. This course was limited to 8 students to ensure safe social distancing, and masks were worn throughout the entirety of the class.

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.

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.

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

Participants included (pictured, L-R) Isis Chapa, Emily Gonzalas, Jesus Perez, Isabela Mariscal, Makayla Perez, Lauren Hynes, Meghan Hynes, Celia Navarro, and UMH Community Health Worker Rosie Verdusco.

The next Babysitter’s Training course offered by the hospital will be held July 8, 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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