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Course gives teens chance to be best babysitter on the block

The Kelowna & District Safety Council is expanding its popular babysitter training program this year.

Along with its regular annual series of 12 courses in Kelowna and West Kelowna, KDSC will also be offering eight more courses in Vernon and Penticton in order to help children throughout the Okanagan become safer babysitters.

The first course of the season is scheduled for Feb. 15 and 16 in Kelowna.

Six more courses are scheduled over the March spring break in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton.

Upcoming course dates for Kelowna are Feb. 15-16, and March  11-12, 14-15 and 18-19 at the Kelowna & District Safety Council facility on Hartman Road in Rutland; and in West Kelowna on March 21-22 at the Westbank Lions Club;.

If you like to plan ahead, registrations are already being accepted for courses through to December 2013.

The complete schedule of dates can be viewed by visiting the Babysitter Training Course page in the children’s program section of KDSC’s website, www.kdsc.bc.ca.

All course dates run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with a one hour supervised lunch break, and are open to children ages 10 and up.

These two-day courses offer a full 10 hours of actual training so that children will receive the most thorough training available.

Many important topics will be discussed, such as the rights and responsibilities of the employer, the child, and the babysitter, and the developmental and behavioural characteristics of children of different ages.

Basic child care, nutrition, injury prevention, emergencies, age-appropriate play, and basic first aid procedures will also be covered.

A special component of the course will prepare babysitters for handling the special needs of children who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, physically disabled, speech impaired, and mentally challenged.

“Although the Canada Safety council recommends that children don’t start babysitting until they are 12 years old, the reality is that many 10 to 12 year-olds help care for their younger siblings, and this course will give them the skills and information necessary to be much safer and aware babysitters and helpers,” said Tania Meyer, executive director.

“Many parents also register their children in this course as an alternative to Home Alone classes, as the curriculum covered in this Babysitting course is much more in-depth than Home Alone curriculum.”

The course is only $60 (no taxes), and includes a KDSC Babysitter’s Gear Bag, a comprehensive student reference book, and a graduation certificate.

All classes are expected to sell out, so contact the Kelowna & District Safety Council at 250-765-3163 or toll free at 1-888-580-7233. Register online at www.kdsc.bc.ca.

 

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