BOONE, Iowa—Thirty-six fifth and sixth grade youth from Boone County completed a babysitter basics training course sponsored by the Boone County Hospital and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Boone County. The training last Saturday marked the first time the class was held in one-day. Previously the class was held in a series of four classes. All the same material was covered, the responsibilities of the babysitter and the employer; what employers expect; caring for infants and young children; age appropriate toys and activities; safety and how to handle emergencies; basic first aid and rescue breathing.
Natalie Hedlund, Boone County Extension and Outreach, coordinates the babysitter basics training and says many community volunteers spoke to the class and conducted some hands on training. Those who helped included Dave Ades, Boone Police Officer; Max Cook, Boone Fire Fighter; and Annette Brown, Regional Youth Development Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Hospital personnel teaching first aid and rescue breathing were Jennifer Clubine and Jim Todd with assistance from Michael Clubine.