Safe Sitter class to educate on child care practices

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NORWAY — Stephens Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthplace will offer the newly updated Safe Sitter course. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Boardroom, 181 Main St.

Safe Sitter is a national organization founded in 1980 by Indianapolis pediatrician, Dr. Patricia A. Keener, after a colleague’s 18-month old choked to death while under an adult sitter’s care. The program is a medically accurate, hands-on instructional program designed for young adolescents that teaches boys and girls how to handle emergencies when caring for children.

Stephens Memorial Hospital has four Safe Sitter certified instructors that offer classes during school vacations. Safe Sitters learn infant and child CPR, choking procedure, safety for the sitter, how to call for emergency help, babysitting business skills, basic child care skills and how to entertain children and keep them safe. The classes are geared for students 11 years old and older.

The fee for the class is $50. A Scholarship in the amount of $15 is available upon request. The registration deadline for this class is April 16.

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FMI: 207-743-5933, ext. 6951.

On the first day of April vacation, Lila Theriault, 6, her brother, Andrew, 8, their babysitter, Kaitlyn Reny, 14, and friend William White, 8, bounce together on the Theriault’s trampoline in Lewiston in 2015.

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