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Baystate offers babysitting course

Date: 10/31/2014

GREATER SPRINGFIELD –  Are you already a babysitter looking to further your skills, or considering becoming a babysitter to earn extra money?

Baystate Medical Center will host a Babysitters Academy in November and January to prepare area youth for their babysitting responsibilities. The one-day program will be offered on three dates.

Two sessions will take place on Nov. 9, and  Jan. 2, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke. Participants should bring their lunch.

There will also be a class on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Main Conference Room at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware. Lunch will be provided at the Mary Lane site.

Babysitters Academy is a certified babysitter program for young adults ages 11 ½ to 15. The session offers potential babysitters instruction in baby care, first aid, CPR, fire safety, home security, child behavior, and accident prevention.

Participants will also receive a course booklet containing helpful tips and other information, as well as a graduation certificate upon completion of the course.

The program, offered by the Parent Education Department at Baystate Medical Center, costs $30. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling Baystate Health Link at 794-2229.