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Last week the Covington County 4-H youth participated in a Babysitter’s Course.
The youth in participation ranged in ages from 9-16 and were from Straughn, Red Level, and Andalusia City Schools.
The course prepared the younger members for future babysitting roles and readied the older ones for immediate jobs in the area.
The course first introduced the participants to what babysitting really is and the expectations of parents they will be working for.
Participants discussed character and qualities they should display as caregivers including trustworthiness, caring, respect, responsibility, citizenship, and fairness.
Later members explored safety in relation to caring for a child.
They covered everything from fire safety and emergency escape routes, common dangers in all living environments, and toy safety inspections.
Wednesday the class was visited by Mr. Eddie Rowell from the Andalusia Rescue Squad.
Mr. Eddie discussed basic first aid practices as well as CPR and the Heimlich maneuver and situations the youth may encounter as babysitters.
The youth were then given a chance to ask questions and preform skits on what they had learned.
Following the First Aid lesson youth then were taught how to diaper a child and got hands on practice using blow up versions of a baby.
As the week progressed members explored the ages and stages of children and what recreational activities each age group preferred as well as mock interviews with potential employers.
The week ended with skit demonstrations on what youth had learned, presentations of “magic bags” (supply bags for sitters) that each youth prepared on their own, and an awards presentation of Certificates.
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