Red Cross makes better babysitters

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  • By Tech. Sgt. J. LaVoie
  • 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The RAF Lakenheath Red Cross offers a babysitter training course in order to assist youth in better caring for those left in their charge.

"The class is designed to teach you how to be responsible and how to supervise infants through school-aged children," said Barbara Hughes, Lakenheath American Red Cross director.

According to the Red Cross, youths learn how to:
- Perform first aid and get professional medical help fast
- Identify common safety hazards and prevent injuries
- Make good, responsible decisions
- Supervise infants through school-age children
- Choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games
- Perform basic care routines like diapering, feeding and dressing
- Prepare simple meals and snacks
- Handle bedtime issues
- Find and interview for babysitting jobs

Attendees also receive a babysitters training handbook.

According to Ms., Hughes, the class is good for more than just potential babysitters.

"Some parents like their children to take the course so they can gain experience to prepare them for caring for younger siblings," said Ms. Hughes.

The class is held once a month. To sign up, call 226-1855 or stop by the Red Cross office in the Airmen and Family Readiness Center Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.