Rocking the baby - 18 learn the ins and outs of babysitting in six-hour class

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/13/21

There’s more to babysitting than simply playing with children — much more. That was the overriding lesson of a babysitting class on April 10 attended by 18 area would-be babysitters at the …

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Rocking the baby - 18 learn the ins and outs of babysitting in six-hour class

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There’s more to babysitting than simply playing with children — much more.

That was the overriding lesson of a babysitting class on April 10 attended by 18 area would-be babysitters at the Buchanan Rec Center. In six hours, the participants learned about child and infant CPR, how to change a diaper, feeding and burping babies, safety issues, personal responsibility, discipline and more.

Students participated for varying reasons: so they had the tools necessary to babysit, to be able to watch siblings while their parents were gone and simply to learn more about taking care of small children.

“We really do want to make sure the kids have the knowledge and the opportunity to make the right decisions,” said Debra Waller, owner of Advanced Care CPR Training, which conducted the class. “A lot of (the participants) don’t think about how there is so much more to babysitting than they thought. We give them all the information they need to make the job safe for them and the kids.”

Friends Clare Sweet and Layne Steadman-Lieb, both fifth graders at Wilmot Elementary, called the class a good experience and a wake-up call about the responsibilities involved in babysitting. They didn’t realize what went into deciding when to call 911, for example, and they never thought they would need CPR while babysitting.

Layne said she hoped completing the class would allow her to hang out with children more because she loved being with them.

McKenzie Bracken, a sixth grader at Evergreen Middle School, said some information she learned was eye-opening, such as you can’t re-enter a home if there was a fire. She hoped completing the course would give her more opportunities to be with children.

Instructor Amber Waller walked around the room, showing participants how to aid a choking infant, getting them to practice CPR for infants and children, and showing them how to diaper and feed a baby.

Advanced Care CPR Training teaches babysitting classes all over the metro area and has been providing the class in Evergreen for years. Debra Waller explained that the class essentially teaches participants to be prepared for the worst, hoping that babysitting jobs go smoothly.

As the introduction to the worksheets the students used to take notes during the class explained:

“It is extremely important that you learn all that you can, acquire and use common sense, and the utmost sensitivity to provide love, care and a safe environment for that child until the parents return.”

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