Babysitting classes teach teens basics, some unexpected skills

Babysitting classes teach teens basics, some unexpected skills
Source: Tucson News Now

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It's summer break for most kids in Tucson which means you are likely looking for a babysitter to keep an eye on your kids.

For some parents, a babysitter's ability and knowledge is a concern when leaving their children with them. In order to help better educate and prepare teens to be well-rounded babysitters Drexel Heights Fire District is kicking off their summer babysitting training sessions.

In the two training sessions that total 12 hours, teens and tweens ages 12 to 16 learn a variety of skills, both the expected for babysitters and the unexpected. CPR, child care, poison prevention, how to use a fire extinguisher, kitchen safety, and resume building are a few of the things participants learn during the training.

For Sirena Palman, who did the babysitting training through Drexel Heights FD when she was young, the skills have always been useful. With a baby of her own on the way the skills she learned will likely even carry over into her personal life.

"They teach you how to swaddle babies and hold them, the formula to water ratio which that was super helpful," she said.

Participants who successfully complete the program receive a certificate and their two-year American Heart Association certification card in CPR, AED and First Aid.

Palman said that her experience in the babysitting training gave her skills like CPR and child care, and also helped her bank account.

"It was in the summer, so you don't have school, so it gave me something to do," she said. "And I was always babysitting, so you actually get paid more as a babysitter if you're certified."

The first training session runs from June 5 to June 6, the second runs from June 20 to June 21 and the third from July 11 to July 12. All are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training sessions cost $35 to register and district residents can get $10 off their registration fee.

If you're interested in the training sessions you can call the Drexel Heights Fire District Administration Center at 520-883-4341 or stop by the fire station located at 5030 S. Camino Verde.

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