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Participants practice CPR at babysitting training on Saturday.
St. John Ambulance hosted a babysitting course on Saturday at Town ‘n’ Country Mall. Fourteen girls aged 11 to 13 were there, eager to learn about being a responsible babysitter. The 6.5 hour course covers physical and emotional care for children, as well as Basic First Aid and CPR training. Unlike this month’s all-girl group, there are normally some male participants as well.
“It’s a fun day,” said Bonnie Nelson, who was instructing the course. “I find it really enjoyable to work with the kids and help them to develop a responsible attitude towards babysitting. They’re very eager to learn at this age and treat it like a true job, which it is.”
She said they cover a wide range of topics such as bathing, diaper changing, safety and nutrition. At the end of the day participants are tested on what they learnt with as 25-question test. Providing they do well on the exam and the activities throughout the day, they are presented with a certificate.
“They’re really proud to get their certificates and eager to go home and start looking for babysitting jobs,” said Nelson.
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