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Emergency preparedness is an important skill to learn especially as an adolescent that cares for other children. Babysitters need to build a foundation of childcare and emergency care procedures such as choking and CPR. National Safety Council, Nebraska's Babysitting Training course provides 11 to 15 year olds with the knowledge and confidence to be responsible and safe sitters.

National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN) has highly-trained First Aid and CPR instructors that teach this course allowing the students to learn life-saving skills in an appropriate and interactive environment. The course follows curriculum created and approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics and incorporates hands-on activities and basic first aid and CPR techniques.

Given that unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14, being prepared to act in an emergency is an essential skill for any childcare provider. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, in 2010, 8,684 children ages 19 and under died from unintentional injuries including suffocation, motor vehicle crash, drowning, and fire/burn.

Parents may believe that having younger siblings adequately prepares an adolescent to be a babysitter; however, caring for other non-related children in a new environment can present new challenges.

In the Babysitter Training Course, babysitters learn emergency and first aid procedures techniques such as

  • what information is needed when making a 911 call
  • how to treat bleeding, burns, shock
  • how to handle common illnesses such as diarrhea
  • how to care for bone and muscle injuries
  • and much more

The goal is help the babysitters recognize emergencies and be able to respond appropriately until help arrives.

One of the most serious threats to life for children is respiratory arrest. Knowing the basics of CPR for infants and children could potentially save a life.

In addition to emergency care, the sitters learn age-appropriate games, diapering, bottle preparation, burping, spoon feeding, and even how to deal with certain behavioral problems. This well-rounded course combines traditional instruction, interactive technology and hands-on practice. Class sizes are small to assure one-on-one attention from the instructor and to encourage students to make new friends.

Parents of both the babysitter and the children in care can feel more confident knowing that the sitter has been trained by safety professionals. The course also provides helpful advice for babysitters on marketing their services in a safe manner. Students receive resources that can facilitate their emergency preparedness.

National Safety Council, Nebraska Babysitting training is offered once a month on the fourth Saturday and more frequently during school vacation times. Please visit www.safenebraska.org to learn more or to register. The class includes lunch and a certificate of completion.

For teens older than 15 years old that work with children, the National Safety Council, Nebraska recommends taking our certification courses in Adult and/or Pediatric First Aid and CPR. These courses are offered weekly. 

Danielle Knudson

from National Safety Council, Nebraska

Danielle is the Safe Communities Director for National Safety Council, Nebraska. She is responsible for CPS, bicycle safety, distracted driving, the World Health Organization Safe Communities America designation, and more. She is a University Nebraska-Lincoln graduate in Family and Consumer Science Education. When Danielle Knudson works with families and child care providers on Child Passenger Safety (CPS), it is always in a judge-free zone. She is grateful to share her knowledge as ...

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