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Safe@Home by Safe Sitter® is a program designed for students in grades 4-6 to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. The program is designed to enable any adult that enjoys teaching preteens to facilitate an introductory level program to prepare students to care for themselves when parents are away for short periods of time.

Safe@Home is a 90-minute program that teaches students how to practice safe habits, how to prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Students are also introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses. A Safe@Home student booklet is required for each student.

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Safe@Home is ideal for students that have expressed interest in assuming the responsibility of staying home alone. Students that are interested in learning how to stay home alone safely as well as care for younger children should complete one of our comprehensive Safe Sitter® courses.


Facilitator Led

The Facilitator Guide includes a script for the leader to follow and includes planned questions to facilitate discussion.


Introductory Course

The program is designed to prepare students for their first steps towards independence and can be taught in less than two hours.


Easy to Offer

The purchase of Safe@Home includes a one-time license to teach the program and does not require facilitators to align with a Safe Sitter® Registered Provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are required to teach Safe@Home?

A Safe@Home student booklet ($10) is required for each student. The student booklets are workbooks, with spaces for students to answer questions and take notes, so please make sure you have ordered enough student booklets so that each student has an individual booklet to write in and take home as a reference. Each order comes with the Facilitator’s Guide and a digital presentation to use in class as a visual aid for students. The digital presentation is a PDF consisting of 26 pages/slides. The presentation should be shown on-screen in full-screen mode. The numbers on the left side of the script in the Facilitator’s Guide will tell you what page of the presentation you should show the class for each section. Also included is a PDF completion certificate that can be personalized and printed out for each student completing the course.

How is Safe@Home different from other Safe Sitter® classes?

Safe@Home is an introductory course meant for small groups and is designed to be facilitated by any adult that enjoys teaching preteens and being a role model. In addition, Safe@Home is an introduction to safety skills and first aid necessary to prepare students for the responsibility of staying safe when unsupervised. However, Safe@Home does not include instruction on rescue skills, child care skills, or business skills.

Students who complete Safe@Home and want to learn more can enroll to take a comprehensive Safe Sitter® course, such as Safe Sitter® Essentials, Safe Sitter® Essentials with CPR, or Safe Sitter® Expanded, at a registered provider near them. To find a registered provider in your area, go to safesitter.org/find-a-class.

How do I access the Facilitator's Guide?

The Facilitator’s Guide and digital presentation can be downloaded from the Instructor Resources section of the Safe Sitter website (you will need your username and password to log in). Please download, review, and practice using both in advance of your program, so that you are prepared before presenting to students. In addition, the Instructor Resources section includes a full-page PDF completion certificate that can be printed for distribution to students at the end of the program. If you have difficulty accessing Instructor Resources or using the Facilitator’s Guide, digital presentation, or PDF certificate, please contact Safe Sitter, Inc. National Headquarters at 317.596.5001 during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Eastern time).

Can you re-use student materials?

No. To reproduce content in the Safe@Home program is a violation of copyright. A group can purchase additional individual student booklets and student materials. Students take home their booklets to reference in the future.

Do we need to submit a student roster for a Safe@Home class?

Yes. Please use the Excel roster form or submit the roster online and select Safe@Home from the course option dropdown box

Does Safe@Home prepare students to stay home alone?

Safe@Home provides excellent instruction on staying safe inside the house, outside the house, online, and with others. However, preteens mature at their own pace and parents need to make sure they’re ready for the responsibility. To help you determine if your child is ready, read Home Alone: 5 Questions To Ask Before  You Let Your Kids Stay Home Alone.

What age are preteens ready to stay home alone?

There is no age that students are automatically ready to stay home alone. Staying home alone is a big responsibility, and all preteens need maturity and confidence to take on that responsibility. They also need to be comfortable with the idea of being home unsupervised. Finally, it is important that parents agree their child is ready to take on this responsibility and be available to support them as needed. For more information, read What Age Are Kids Ready To Stay Home Alone?.

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