Is your child carer capable?

Pamela Rose-Holt with her 21-month-old daughter Gemma. Pamela is presenting a babysitting first-aid seminar.
Pamela Rose-Holt with her 21-month-old daughter Gemma. Pamela is presenting a babysitting first-aid seminar. Warren Lynam

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching, and with it comes many parties and outings which may not be suitable for children.

Leaving a child with neighbours, elderly grandparents or teenagers down the road looking to make a few extra bucks may seem like a win-win situation, but would they know what to do in an emergency?

Sunshine Coast organisation Mothers Know Best, in conjunction with St John's Ambulance Service, is providing Babysitting First-Aid Education Sessions for teens and grandparents interested in babysitting for friends and family.

The session aims to provide knowledge and basic skills to anyone who may be responsible for babies or young children over the holiday season.

Mothers Know Best creator Pamela Rose-Holt said that while parents were educated in keeping their children safe in the home, sometimes the people who cared for the children may not be.

"Often parents know what to do and how to keep the house safe," she said.

"But they also need to make sure the people caring for their children also know how to deal with and what to do in an emergency."

Pamela, of Sippy Downs, began Mothers Knows Best to improve safety standards in the family home, after realising that most childhood injuries occurred there, and yet most of these were preventable.

Kids Safe chief executive Susan Teerds agrees, saying 80% of children's injuries happened without them stepping out the front gate.

In 2009 in 10 Queensland hospitals, 35,000 children were admitted with injuries - 96% of these were preventable.

Pamela said these statistics desperately needed to be changed for the better and the parents had a responsibility to ensure their children were in safe hands.

"It is important parents realise it is their responsibility to ensure the people who are caring for their children know what to do in an emergency," she said.

Pamela's 13-year-old son Toby Rose will participate in the seminar, himself, after becoming interested in babysitting to earn some extra money.

"I want to save some money and babysitting is the most enjoyable way I can think of to earn money," he said.

Toby said he hoped the seminar would give him confidence in his ability to know what to do in the event of an emergency.

"In a couple of weeks, my parents will go out and I will look after my little sister," he said.

"I will know more of what to do after the training session."

The two-hour seminar will be held on December 3 at the Kawana Family Centre in Iluka Avenue, Buddina, from 9.30am and will cover a variety of safety issues such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), managing choking, asthma, bleeding, burns, allergies, and epipen use.

The session is $55. Book on 0410 219 794.

Topics:  carer children christmas

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