Student Education

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Safe Kids 101   
How do you know when your pre-teens are ready to accept the challenges of staying home by themselves?  And are you ready to let them?  Train your child the smart way with Smart Kids 101.  The Safe Kids 101 program trains and equips your child with the skills they need to be safe at home and in the community.  Prerequisites None. Recommended age 9-11 years.

Topics Include:
  • Responsibilities when staying home alone
  • Simple first aid — cuts, burns, abdominal thrusts, and more
  • Understanding safety in unfamiliar scenarios: home intruder, fire, and aggressive dogs
  • Knowing the truth about abuse, abduction, and stranger danger
  • Digital safety and how to navigate the online world safely, including sexting

Red Cross Babysitting Class  
To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid. Prerequisites None. Recommended age 11–15 years. 

Topics include:
  • Define leadership and identify role modeling, respect, communication, motivation, taking action and decision making as important leadership skills.
  • Identify ways to respect diversity among the children they babysit.
  • Apply the FIND decision-making model to common babysitting situations.
  • Use safe and appropriate techniques for finding babysitting jobs.
  • List good business practices and professional work behaviors for babysitting.
  • Identify safety-related problems and know how to prevent, recognize and fix them to create a safer environment in and around the home.
  • Identify which behaviors to expect from children based on their ages and developmental stages.
  • Describe the importance of play for children’s growth and development.
  • List and apply appropriate techniques to prevent misbehavior and help children engage in desired behaviors.
  • List at least three types of basic child care.
  • Recognize an emergency.
  • Identify and apply the emergency action steps: CHECK—CALL—CARE.
  • Explain the differences between life-threatening and nonlife-threatening emergencies.
  • Identify who to call and when to call in different emergency situations.
  • Describe how to check a conscious child or infant.
  • Explain how to care for bleeding and burns.
  • Demonstrate the proper way to wash their hands.
  • Demonstrate how to properly remove disposable gloves.
  • Demonstrate how to pick up and hold an infant and toddler.
  • Demonstrate how to bottle-feed an infant.
  • Demonstrate how to spoon-feed an infant or toddler.
  • Demonstrate how to diaper an infant or toddler.
  • Demonstrate how to help a conscious child or infant who is choking.
  • Demonstrate how to give care to an unconscious child or infant who is not breathing.
  • Demonstrate the steps to control external bleeding. 
To gain certification, you must attend all day and actively participate in each unit.  At the end of the class, you will be awarded the American Red Cross Babysitting Certificate.  You will not be certified in First Aid/CPR. 

Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Certification
The American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED program is designed to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The courses in this program teach participants the knowledge and skills needed to give immediate care to an injured or ill person when minutes
matter, and to decide whether advanced medical care is needed.

Topics include:
  • Describe how to recognize an emergency and gain confidence to act.
  • Explain how to lower the risk for infection when giving care.
  • Understand legal concepts as they apply to lay responders, such as consent.
  • Describe the emergency action steps: CHECK—CALL—CARE.
  • Identify when it is necessary to call 9-1-1 or the designated emergency number.
  • Explain how to check an injured or ill person who appears to be unresponsive.
  • Explain how to check a responsive injured or ill person.
  • Demonstrate high-quality CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for a person who is in cardiac arrest.
  • Demonstrate first aid care for a person who is choking.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following sudden illnesses: shock, asthma attack, anaphylaxis, heart attack, opioid overdose, diabetic emergencies, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.
  • Describe methods used to control life-threatening bleeding, including the application of direct pressure and the application of a commercial tourniquet.
  • Demonstrate the application of direct pressure to control life-threatening bleeding.
  • Explain when a commercial tourniquet should be used, and describe the basic principles of using a tourniquet.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following injuries and environmental illnesses: burns; head, neck and spinal injuries (including concussion); heat stroke; hypothermia; poison exposure.
To gain certification:
  • Attend and participate in all class sessions.
  • Actively participate in all course activities, including assuming various roles during skill practices and assessment.
  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills.
  • Successfully complete all assessment scenarios.