Safe Sitter Courses Offered

Monday, April 28, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for children ages 11-13 to attend Safe Sitter courses that will be held at Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital this summer.

The OVMC courses will be held July 8th and again on July 29th. Both courses will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The courses will be held in OVMC's Nurses' Residence Living Room. There is no cost to take the OVMC courses. The course is sponsored by the education department at both hospitals. To reserve your spot and request an application call (304) 234-1606.

EORH's Safe Sitter courses will be held on July 24th and again on Aug. 14th. The courses will be held also from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Both courses will be held at East Ohio Regional Hospital in the R.H. Wilson Conference Room. There is no cost to take the EORH courses. The class size is limited to 10 participants. To reserve your spot and request an application call (740) 633-6634.

The purpose of Safe Sitter is to increase the ability of young adolescents to provide safe, nurturing care for children. The long-term goal is to prepare young people for their future responsibilities as parents. In addition, Safe Sitter provides many ancillary benefits to adolescents including enhanced self-esteem and the development of pre-employment skills.

To be a graduate of the Safe Sitter program, children must completed a 13-hour course which includes general information about the business of babysitting, child development facts about various age groups, tips on safety for the sitter, first aid information, procedures to use if a child chokes, and directions for rescue breathing.

The Safe Sitter program is designed for children ages 11 to 13 because those are the ages when most children begin to babysit.

The Safe Sitter program was developed in 1980 by an Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia Keener, in response to the accidental death of a nurse's young child while in the care of a babysitter. Realizing that the scene in the hospital emergency room happened too often, Keener developed Safe Sitter to educate young babysitters how to handle common emergencies.

Early registration is highly recommended, as the classes are limited in size. For more information about the Safe Sitter program visit the Safe Sitter website at