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Walla Walla General Hospital to Offer Safe Sitter® Babysitting Course

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Walla Walla General Hospital has become a Registered Safe Sitter® Teaching Site and will offer a comprehensive training program for young teens ages 11 and up. The class trains students to handle emergencies when caring for younger children and provides them with tools needed to stay home alone safely.

“Although WWGH has offered babysitting classes for many years, we’ve chosen to work with Safe Sitter® to ensure that young teens are prepared for situations that might arise when they are home alone watching younger children,” says Sharryl Toews, community health education specialist.

To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and safety skills.

Students who complete the Safe Sitter® program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The Safe Sitter® program follows American Heart Association standards for rescue skills as well as instruction in first aid techniques from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Students are taught infant and child choking rescue and infant, child and adult CPR. They also learn how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, how to run their own babysitting business, as well as issues of online and cell phone safety.

The Safe Sitter® courses are $35 each, and will be held two consecutive Sundays from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in the WWGH Auditorium on: March 22 & 29, June 7 & 14, and August 2 & 9, 2015.

For more information about Safe Sitter® or to register for one of the courses, visit or call the WWGH Community Health Education department at (509) 522-2424.