Spring break courses offered for Kelowna and West Kelowna

The Kelowna & District Safety Council has scheduled a series of Babysitter Training Courses that could keep pre-teens busy over their two week Spring Break holiday from school.

The Kelowna & District Safety Council has scheduled a series of Babysitter Training Courses that could keep pre-teens busy over their two week Spring Break holiday from school.

Kelowna course dates are March 24 and 25 and March 28 and 29 at the Kelowna & District Safety Council location, 395 Hartman Rd. in Rutland.

A course has also been scheduled in West Kelowna for March 31 and April 1 at the Westbank Lions Club, 2466 Main St.

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

These two-day courses offer 10 hours of actual training (excluding lunch breaks).

The course being offered is the Canada Safety Council’s Babysitter Training Course, which is the most widely recognized national program of its kind, and it is the only babysitter course that offers certification.

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

Basic child care, nutrition, injury prevention, and basic first aid procedures will also be covered.

Babysitters will also learn how to react to emergency situations, and they will learn about a variety of games, songs and toys that are appropriate for different age groups.

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.

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 extensive than Home Alone curriculum and gives kids a greater sense of the responsibilities involved.

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

All classes are expected to sell out, so contact the Kelowna and District Safety Council at 250-765-3163 to register or for more information.

If the Spring Break course dates don’t work for you, registration is also being accepted now  for similar courses slated for July, August, November, and December.

Call KDSC or check out the website www.kdsc.bc.ca for the available dates during those months.