KNOXVILLE – Knoxville Hospital & Clinics will offer a Safe Sitter baby-sitting course to boys and girls ages 11 to 13 on Saturday, December 13. Safe Sitter, a national baby sitter training program designed to teach young adults to be safe baby sitters, is a medically-accurate program that teaches basic child care skills (diapering, feeding, etc.) and how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

The goal of a Safe Sitter class 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.

A certified instructor from Knoxville Hospital & Clinics will teach the course, which includes hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques and CPR so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitter participants also 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 will also receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities to learn about the business aspects of baby-sitting.

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

The cost of the program is $30. The class will be held on Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. To register, please call 641-842-1403.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.