Safe Sitter® is designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The Instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students learn:

Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.

Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.

First Aid & Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and CPR is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. (CPR included in Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR and Safe Sitter® Expanded.)

Life & Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

GAMES

Reinforce important concepts in a fun way.

SKILLS PRACTICE

Ensure students can perform choking rescue on an infant and a child.

GUIDED DISCUSSION

Reinforce important concepts in a fun way.

DIGITAL PRESENTATION

Aids visual learners and keeps student attuned to each topic.

Safe Sitter® Essentials is a modular program that can be taught in one-day or in shorter time periods throughout the course of several days. Your dedicated Program Support Specialist will help create a schedule that works best for you and your students!

  • Welcome/Introduction (15 minutes)
  • Safety Skills (30 minutes)
  • Break (5 minutes)
  • Child Care Skills (60 minutes)
  • Lunch (30 minutes)
  • First Aid & Rescue Skills (100 minutes)
  • Break (5 minutes)
  • Life & Business Skills (45 minutes)
  • Challenge Accepted (25 minutes)
  • Graduation Ceremony (15 minutes)

TOTAL TIME: 5 ½ HOURS

Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR is a modular program that can be taught in one-day or in shorter time periods throughout the course of several days. Your dedicated Program Support Specialist will help create a schedule that works best for you and your students!

Welcome/Introduction (15 minutes)
Safety Skills (30 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Child Care Skills (60 minutes)
Lunch (30 minutes)
First Aid & Rescue Skills (100 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Life & Business Skills (45 minutes)
Challenge Accepted (25 minutes)
CPR (60 minutes)
Graduation Ceremony (15 minutes)

TOTAL TIME: 6 ½ HOURS

Safe Sitter® Expanded is a modular program that can be taught in two-days or in shorter time periods throughout the course of several days. Your dedicated Program Support Specialist will help create a schedule that works best for you and your students!

Day 1:

Welcome/Introduction (15 minutes)
Safety Skills (30 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Child Care Skills (60 minutes)
Lunch (30 minutes)
First Aid & Rescue Skills (100 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Life & Business Skills (45 minutes)
Challenge Accepted (25 minutes)
End of Day Review (15 minutes)

TOTAL TIME: 5 ½ HOURS

Day 2:

Welcome Back (20 minutes)
Safety in an Online World (30 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Behavior Management (45 minutes)
Guest (30 minutes)
Lunch (30 minutes)
First Aid Challenge (30 minutes)
Mission Possible (30 minutes)
Break (5 minutes)
Choking Rescue Challenge (30 minutes)
CPR (60 minutes)
Graduation Ceremony (15 minutes)

TOTAL TIME: 5 ½ HOURS

Founded in 1980, Safe Sitter® is the only national nonprofit training program exclusively devoted to preparing young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings, whether home alone, sibling sitting or babysitting.

The Safe Sitter® curriculum is designed exclusively for young teens in grades 6 – 8, and covers the following areas: safety skills, child care skills, first aid & rescue skills, and life & business skills. Safe Sitter® courses are instructor-led and interactive, with hands-on demonstrations and skills practice using soft-bodied dolls and medical manikins.

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Safe Sitter® is designed to be highly interactive. The Instructor Manual includes a script for you to use as you teach.

The teaching strategies utilized throughout the course include:

  • Guided discussion, including planned questions.
  • Matching activities, which students will complete in their Student Handbook.
  • Role-plays, involving both students and Instructors.
  • Hand-on demonstrations.
  • Skills practice.
  • Games – activities designed to reinforce important class concepts.
  • Review questions.