Now that Spring has Sprung I realize just how much my three girls have grown over the last year. I am not sure whether it is the longer days or having them outside more but I always marvel at how much more independent they have become since last year. I realize too that I am just that much more independent as well. I can quickly run to the corner store for milk without having to haul everyone with me. Here are some programs offered for nine years olds and older on staying home alone and babysitting.
Home Alone Programs
There are actually quite a few organizations that offer Home Alone Programs in Victoria. The programs may differ from organization to organization but they essentially teach the same information and are designed for the before and after school times or occasional outing for parents.
The Esquimalt Recreation Centre runs a H.A.P.P.Y Program (Home Alone Program Preparing Youth) that is designed to keep your child safe when they are not with an adult. The topics include: fire and emergency procedures, kitchen safety, meal prep, first aid and calling 911. Personal safety regarding telephone and internet safety, and the potential danger of strangers are also covered.
This H.A.P.P.Y Program is offered at Gordon Head Recreation Centre, Pearkes Recreation Centre, and Saanich Commonwealth Place) is also designed for before and after school times or occasional outings for parents. The program focuses on home and personal safety and emergency procedures. Booklet and Parent/Guardian handout included.
I have no doubt that by next Spring I will look at my eldest child and marvel that not only can she stay alone for short periods of time but she can now start babysitting other children! If you have a son or daughter who is ready for babysitting, here are some programs to consider.
You may be surprised to hear that some babysitting courses are offered for teens as young as nine years old!
Teen-Red Cross Babysitting Course at Oak Bay Recreation Centre offers an interactive Red Cross certification course that teaches the basics of child care including: the business of babysitting, caring for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children. Teens will also learn how to create safe environments and how to handle basic first aid situations. Manual included.
Babysitting Training 12 – 15 yrs – this program which is offered by Greenglade Community Centre in Sidney BC was designed by the Canada Safety Council and covers rights and responsibilities, child development, behavioral problems, nutrition, safety, handling emergencies or a sick child, games, and basic first aid. Participants will work from a child care manual and each course graduate is presented with a wall certificate and graduation wallet card.
Red Cross Babysitting Course – this course not only teaches the basics of babysitting to become a qualified babysitter but teens will learn emergency response, first aid, and safety. In addition a Red Cross Babysitter Certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. A number of organizations in Victoria offer the Red Cross Babysitting Course including: Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre.
If you know of other Home Alone Programs or Babysitting courses, I would love to hear from you.
Until next time!