Thursday, July 25, 2013
T-G Photos by Sadie Fowler
About 15 girls ranging from ages 10 to 14 participated in a Babysitting 101 class offered Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Extension office. Taught by UT extension agent Emily Osterhaus, the class was part of a series of classes this week that also included sewing and cooking.
Osterhaus said Wednesday's class aimed at preparing the girls for future babysitting jobs.
Students in her class learned about basic babysitting responsibilities, how to play with children, supervising children, accident prevention, basic care, emergency action and basic first aid.
Gracie Parker and Sara Bush practice changing a baby doll's diaper during a babysitting class offered Wednesday at the University of Tennessee Extension Office.
Angel Cunningham and Payton Castello meet their baby doll.
Jessica Osterhaus, daughter of class instructor Emily Osterhaus, has helped her mom babysit serveral times and seemed right at home holding her infant doll.
In addition to teaching the babysitting class, Emily Osterhaus, extension agent, enjoyed teaching the youngsters classes on food safety and sewing this week.
From left, Zoe Huffman, Charlee Davis and Felicity Reid wish Kyanna White a happy birthday.
Charlee Davis enjoys a lunch break from class.
There is no law dictating when a child can be left alone or how old one must be to babysit, but the recommended age to begin babysitting is 13, said Osterhaus.
"There's really no hard fast rule, which is hard," she said. "You have to look at each teenager's maturity level."