About the Book

Babysitting Basics is a hands-on workbook for beginning babysitters. The text and activities teach basic babysitting skills which have been simplified for young readers age nine and older.

The first five chapters focus on safety, child tending skills, and first aid. Repetition, questions and learning activities reinforce the concepts taught. Answers are provided at the end of each chapter to ensure that the material is learned correctly. However, children should be encouraged to try to answer the questions and complete the activities without first looking at the answers. They will learn more if they carefully study the material and find the answers for themselves.

In the last chapter, the babysitter is instructed to practice many of the techniques taught in chapters 1 through 5. Practical experience helps the sitter solidify his or her knowledge and develop useful skills.

Upon completion of the workbook and all accompanying activities, a parent, teacher or advisor is asked to sign the completion award at the end of the book. This award serves as a reward for sincere effort. Mounting or framing it will enhance its importance to the babysitter.

Many schools and organizations offer or encourage training in child tending. This workbook is an excellent textbook or supplement to such classes. Completion of the book may help qualify a young person for a proficiency award or merit badge in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Camp Fire or 4-H.

Throughout the text, American Red Cross safety and first aid guidelines, along with some basic CPR guidelines from the American Heart Association, have been followed. However, the first aid skills have been greatly simplified to avoid overwhelming young readers. If possible, work through the first aid chapter with the child. Not only will you benefit from a review of first aid procedures, but you will be able to lend support and encouragement. The child needs to know that he is not expected to perform beyond the natural limits of his age and ability. For more advanced training in first aid skills and CPR, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or your local American Heart Association office.

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