Course Content - A Comprehensive Approach
Safe Sitter® is a medically accurate, competency-based, highly
structured babysitting preparation course designed for young
adolescents (no younger than 11). The curriculum, written by a
pediatrician, is presented in sections which may be combined and
taught as one of three course options:
- Safe Sitter® (1-day) is a 6 ½ hour essential
curriculum designed for busy schedules.
- Safe Sitter® (1-day with CPR) is a 6 ½ hour curriculum
designed to include teaching CPR in a one day course.
- Safe Sitter® (2-day) is a 12 hour expanded
curriculum designed for comprehensive coverage and
Teaching methodology includes hands-on manikin practice, small
group interactive learning, role-playing, games, and in Safe
Sitter® (2-day) interaction with a toddler or preschool guest. All
teaching sites utilize trained Instructors - with a low ratio of
students to Instructors - thus ensuring high quality and compliance
with teaching methodologies. Each participant must pass a written
and practical exam proving mastery of key concepts.
The Safe Sitter® program includes instruction in babysitting
skills and techniques:
- Care of Choking Infant/Child - Students learn what to do if an
infant or child chokes. Each student is individually tested
in these procedures, using CPR manikins.
- Infant and Child CPR - Students in the 2-day
and 1-day with CPR courses learn CPR techniques.
- Injury Prevention and Injury Management - Students learn a
system to enable them to evaluate the severity and urgency of a
problem and to determine how to get help. Administering basic first
aid for minor problems is also included in this section. Students
learn how to prevent injuries by learning how, why, and where
injuries can occur.
- Safety for the Sitter - All aspects of staying safe are
discussed for babysitters and the children in their care. Students
learn how to react to a variety of threatening situations from
power failures to prowlers. For personal safety, they are taught
strategies to use if they need to be picked up immediately from a
- Child Care Essentials - Students learn the basics of child
development from infants to school age children. Practice is
included for such skills as feeding and diapering. Nurturing child
care techniques are emphasized.
- Behavior Management - Students learn how to prevent problem
behavior in addition to a system to determine the severity and
urgency of the problem behavior. They also learn how and when to
call for help when managing problem behavior.
- Babysitting as a Business - The responsibilities of running a
business - from setting fees to ethical considerations are
discussed. Students learn how to screen jobs for safety, how to
judge their own babysitting abilities, what information to leave
with their own parents, and what information to get from their
This section is condensed in Safe Sitter® (1-day with CPR) to
include only the safety aspects.