YMCA’s babysitting class will help teach needed skills

Published 7:20 pm Saturday, June 6, 2015

It’s not uncommon for an older sibling to be asked to take care of a younger child in the family. Either parents get into a bind and can’t find a babysitter, or just need to quickly run to the store or to run an errand.

All of a sudden a teenager, or someone close to that age, is asked to bear the responsibility of watching over a younger child. That can be a worrisome time for parents, who may not have any other options or can’t afford a babysitter.

An upcoming babysitting course at the YMCA of Selma-Dallas County might be able to take away some of the worry.

The class is for youth age 11-14 and will include lessons on CPR exercises, first aid, stranger safety practices and much more.

Participants will also learn how to change diapers and how to lock strollers.

This would be a valuable class for anyone in the 11-14 age group, including those that have already been watching younger siblings or babysitting in their spare time. It’s never a bad idea to reinforce smart safety protocols in case something unexpected happens.

The cost to attend the course is $45, which includes snacks and lunch, a safe sitter book and a starter kit. It’ll be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the YMCA’s community room.