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Register now for Safe Sitter course offered at YMCA

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Sibling baby-sitting can be a great way to help a young teen handle more responsibility and develop confidence provided they have the right skills.

Does your young teen feel ready to stay home alone, watch siblings while you go out or baby-sit for other children? If the answer to any of these is no, then maybe it’s time for Safe Sitter training.

Safe Sitter is a program for teens in grades 6-8 to learn life-saving skills so they'll be safe when they're at home alone or when they're watching younger children.

During the program, participants enjoy fun activities, make new friends and learn how to use Safe Sitter skills that include indoor, outdoor, online and personal safety, and child care skills including how to manage a younger child’s routines, change diapers and behavior management. First aid, injury prevention and choking rescue are also key components of the course as well as what to do if there’s a weather emergency.

In addition, Safe Sitter teaches young teens life and business skills so that they know how to be prepared, be responsible, and be considerate whether they’re baby-sitting or doing odd jobs for family, friends or neighbors.

Safe Sitter will be held in the Community Room at the Duneland YMCA on Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants need to bring a sack lunch. The cost to participate is $70 per child; scholarships are available. Register at the Y Welcome Center.

Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Duneland Family YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton.

The Duneland Y has been serving the Duneland Communities for more than 50 years focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a United Way of Porter County Partner Agency.


Posted 8/24/2017




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