Learn how to be a babysitter at the library this month. The two-day course trains teens (12 to 18 years old) on basic child care, nutrition, diapering, entertaining kids and more.
Last year, a basic understanding of early reading literacy and social/emotional literacy skills was integrated into the course. Marketing and professionalism are also included in this updated class.
The training also features a full-day basic lifesaving course including CPR/first-aid training, allowing teens to receive official CPR/first-aid cards from the American Heart Association.
“All teens who participate in our classes become a part of the library’s babysitter referral list,” said Youth Services Manager Becky Van Den Berg. The referral list helps match local teens with Bayfield-area families looking for child care.
The class will be held Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The class is $25 per student, and payment is due at registration. Scholarships are available from the Friends of the Pine River Library for teens needing financial assistance.
To apply for the course, applications are available on the library website at prlibrary.org/events/event/babysitter-training-2 or at the library information desk and are due by May 17. Applicants will be notified on May 22 on whether or not they are accepted into the class. Twelve teens between the ages of 12 and 18 will be selected.
In addition to training new babysitters, the library is also offering a limited number of spaces for alumni wanting to recertify their CPR/first-aid cards. The cost for recertification is $20.
For more information on the Babysitter Training course, contact Van Den Berg at (970) 884-2222, ext. 516.