Durand area youth have recently earned their completion cards from the Child Care Clinic and are eager to put their newly-learned skills to practice. This program is designed to help middle school and teen aged youth learn what it takes to be a responsible, competent, dependable and safe babysitter. This clinic was coordinated and taught by Marie Ritscher, Pepin County UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent and Katie Walsh, Durand-Arkansaw and Pepin School Districts Nurse, Kathy Dahl, R.N. and Joel Wener, Pepin County Sherriff’s Department.
As part of the training, students studied course materials from the 4-H / Army Child & Youth Services Manual. Students learned about prevention of accidents and injury which included personal, toys, food, household, and community safety. Emergency response and preparedness and was also covered. Youth also learned about leadership, responsibility, decision-making, problem solving and using community supports. Child development and age-appropriate expectations, play, and positively managing difficult child behaviors are other important topics incorporated in the curriculum. Other aspects of babysitting communicated were professionalism, business practices, and setting financial goals.
Especially important in our rural area, the Child Care Clinic helps prepare these participants (5th grade and up) to provide safe and responsible care for themselves, their siblings, and for other children in area families. Congratulations to these distinguishing youth for their enthusiasm, leadership and desire to provide quality care for children! For more information on this or future Child Care Clinics, contact the UW-Extension Office at 715-672-5214.