Eighteen future babysitters learned to change a diaper, dress, feed, and safely entertain small children at the Kid Kare Babysitting Clinic. “The youth spent the day learning and preparing to start their new babysitting jobs,” stated Grant County 4-H Youth Program Advisor Sara Koepke.
Grant County Sheriff Kevin Owen gave tips on how to prevent accidents and injuries and how to be prepared for weather emergencies.
Jennifer Meyer, from the Grant County Community Health Office, led hands-on training on how to dress and change diapers. She also gave tips on safe sleeping for infants.
Linda Quade, SDSU Extension Nutrition Assistant, used a germ bug to show the importance of handwashing and suggested healthy snack options. Steve Mogard, from the Grant-Roberts Ambulance Service, taught what constitutes an emergency and led a discussion on choking, bleeding, and types of wounds. Babysitters were also introduced to basic first aid and CPR.
The attendees created fun activities to take to their next babysitting appointment and received a babysitting bag with helpful handouts. Activity supplies were purchased using Thrivent Financial Action Team funds.
A list of certified babysitters is available at the Grant County 4-H Office in the basement of the Grant County Courthouse.