Essential child-care classes offered to young babysitters

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Among the emergency first aid lessons offered in the Granger babysitting clinic is the Heimlich maneuver, named after the American doctor, Henry Heimlich, who invented the method to stop choking in 1974.

ADEL — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Dallas County will partner with the Granger Parks and Recreation Department to host a babysitting clinic at the Granger Community Center Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The two-day workshop is designed for for young people in fifth grade and older and teaches essential child-care skills.

“The number one thing we provide in our Babysitting Clinic is to prepare youth with how to handle situations that may arise while they are providing care for infants and young children,” said ISU Extension Educator Lisa Mickelson. “We give them the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure they are the best babysitters they can be.”

The workshop will address first aid, safety, essential information to gather from families, nutrition and age-appropriate toys and activities. Dallas County EMTs will give guest lectures on compression-only CPR training and first aid, and local law enforcement officers will discuss how to handle emergencies.

Cost for the two-day event is $25. Registration is available online.  For more information, contact Mickelson at the Dallas County Extension office, 515-993-4281.

Lessons in the babysitting clinic, offered through a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the Granger Parks and Recreation Department, include elementary child development and age-appropriate toys and games.
Lessons in the babysitting clinic, offered through a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the Granger Parks and Recreation Department, include elementary child development and age-appropriate toys and games.

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