Babysitting Basics Session Will Come Again in August

Due to the June sessions maxing out enrollment, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dallas County has scheduled another Babysitting Basics clinic for Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Raccoon Valley Bank Community Center in Adel. This two day workshop for youth 5th grade and older is designed to teach essential child care skills. 
Iowa State Extension and Outreach of Dallas County is ready for the return of Babysitting Basics, a two-day workshop for 5th grade youth and older, designed to teach essential child care skills. Twenty seats are available for this training to be held at the Adel Public Library on Monday, June 23rd and Tuesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Currently all seats for this class are full.  Please contact our office if you would like to be added to the waiting list for this session or would like to register for the new session in Adel on August 5 & 6. 
“The number one thing we provide in Babysitting Basics,” said Lisa Mickelson, Extension Educator, “is to prepare youth with how to handle situations that may arise while they are providing care for infants and young children. We give them the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure they are the best babysitter they can be.”  
Babysitting Basics will address first aid, safety, essential information to gather from families, nutrition and age-appropriate toys and activities. Guest speakers include Dallas County EMTs to cover compression-only CPR training and first aid, law enforcement officials to discuss emergency handling and a local youth who will share what’s in her bag of “babysitting tricks.”
“Being prepared, obtaining the proper information from parents and gaining knowledge on the topics we discuss will help make the experience a positive one for the sitter, the children and the parents,” expressed Mickelson.
Cost for the two-day event is $20. Register with Lisa Mickelson at the Dallas County Extension office by calling (515) 993-4281.

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