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HMHEB Program Teaches Youths to become Babysitting Pros
05/31/2006

BEDFORD, Texas – When your child wants to start babysitting, there is much to consider. Foremost in your child’s mind is often the desire to earn their own money—but parents have to worry about safety, both for their own children, as well as their charges. Now, children ages 11 to 13 can learn how to become “Safe Sitters,” thanks to a summer program at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital.

The two-day Safe Sitter class is a medically accurate, internationally-recognized program that teaches children the fundamentals of babysitting. Topics include:

  • Childcare essentials
  • Safety for the sitter
  • Preventing and managing problem behavior
  • Care of a choking infant or child
  • Rescue breathing for infants
  • Babysitting as a business
  • Success on the job

Students will also get to role-play a number of different scenarios, including discussing a babysitting job with a client, performing the Heimlich Maneuver, diapering a child and more. They will also discuss the different developmental stages children go through, the care they need at each stage, and what kinds of behavior to expect from the children they are babysitting.

Safe Sitter will be offered June 16 and 17, July 14 and 17, and July 28 and 29. The cost is $75 and includes a Safe Sitter Student Manual and certificate of completion. Class lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Please call 1-888-4-HARRIS or visit www.texashealth.org/hmheb/classes for more information or to register.

About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.  The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes the Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.

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