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June 11, 2014 06:15 PM

Babysitters Get An Education

Sioux Falls, SD

Whether you're in need of a quick date night or you have to spend a long day at the office, there's always a need for babysitters. But how do you know if the sitter is qualified to take care of your children?

From how to change a diaper to what shaken baby syndrome is, 12-year-old Aspen Taylor hopes to learn a lot during this Super Sitter Babysitting class.

"Like CPR and the Heimlich, so if a kid is ever choking, you know how to do that," Taylor said.

Taylor has watched her younger cousins.

"But there's always been an adult around," Taylor said.

But she hopes to be able to take care of other people's children in the future by herself. Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox says Taylor is on the right path by taking this class.

"I do recommend they take a class. That doesn't mean they're going to be a great babysitter," Avera Certified Family Life Educator Doniese Wilcox said.

Wilcox says the main things you should look for in a babysitter are maturity and responsibility.

"They have to know the basics about safety — basic first aid, if the child skins their knee, and when to call 911," Wilcox said.

Another question you might want to ask the babysitter is whether he or she has access to a cell phone.

"There are a lot of families who no longer have landlines. If your babysitter doesn't have their own cell phone, they have no way to contact anybody," Wilcox said.

But at the same time you want to make sure that your babysitter does not spend too much time with technology.

"If you have a cell phone with you, it's for emergency purposes. It's not to be texting friends and playing games. It's to be put away, so your full attention is on the kids," Wilcox said.

All tips Taylor is taking in because she knows the job of babysitter comes with some big responsibilities.

"Especially when you know another person's life is in your hands," Taylor said.

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