Infirmary West in Mobile Offers Safe Sitter Babysitting Course

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Kids looking for summer jobs can take a class at Infirmary West that trains them to be baby sitters.  Safe Sitter, a national program designed for girls and boys ages 11 to 13, teaches basic child care skills and how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

The one-day course is scheduled Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Infirmary West Auditorium. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by baby sitters. Thousands of young adolescents across the country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle life-threatening emergencies.

Certified instructors from Infirmary West teach the course, which includes hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques and CPR so the students are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitter participants receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers such as safety and security precautions, what to do when a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They also learn about child development, age-appropriate activities and the business aspect of baby-sitting.

To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written exam to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

The cost of the program is $35.  For registration or more information, contact the Infirmary West Public Relations Department at (251) 435-3912 or


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