03/28/11 While other Plymouth Schoolsâ€™ students are enjoying a week off from classes, Rachel Rettig and Anna Piazza , both students at Linoln Junior High, have actually looked forward to two days of babysitting training classes conducted by the American Red Cross.
This is the second time that Rettig has taken the training. Rettig said, â€śThis is a refresher course for me.â€ť She said her mother learned of the classes and encouraged her to attend.
The babysitting classes are geared for young people ages 11-15. The training not only teaches participants child care, but also gives them the tools to present a professional image to clients. Course offeringÂ up and beyond child care andÂ emergency procedures include: Resumeâ€™ writing, business card creation, family information card, family interviews, parental consent and contact information, house safety inspection and self-assessment. An additional Â part of the course teaches studentsÂ to be a good leader and role model.
Each one of the nine students in the current classes will receive a book and a CD that contains the material that they are covering in the two-day training.
Rettigâ€™s mother, Becky, said, â€śIf Iâ€™m going to let my daughter out babysitting, I want her to be a good one.â€ť Beacky said, â€śI wanted her to take the course so she can be a competant and confident babysitter.â€ť â€śThis will teach her how to handle emergencies.â€ť she said. Becky said she goes with her daughter if itâ€™s new family to make sure sheâ€™s in a safe environment.
Even during the week off from school. Rettig has been babysitting for three neighborhood children for a few hours at a time and also serving as a motherâ€™s helper for a four-month-old infant.
Piazza said her mother,Annika Piazza ,also thought that the $40 course would be a good one to take. Anna said, â€śWe are learning to ask about allergies, house rules, house emergency plans, and how to interview families about their children.â€ť Piazza said, â€śIâ€™ve been looking ahead in the training book and Iâ€™m excited about learning feeding, diapering, and dressing infants.â€ť