With summer right around the corner, many parents are facing the decision about what to do with their school age children.

Do they go to daycare or are they ready to be at home alone? It is hard to know what to do as the child’s safety is the number one priority and parents want to make sure their child is ready and prepared to handle issues that may arise when they are in self care.

Richland County Health Department offers a class that will help prepare your child to be responsible and safe when they are home alone. Children must be at least 9 years old to take the Safe at Home/Home Alone class.

Some topics that are covered in this class include stranger safety, internet safety, fire safety, and basic first aid. Besides staying at home alone, older school age children are wanting to have summer jobs to make some money and babysitting is often a popular choice.

RCHD also offers a Babysitting Basics class to children ages 11 and older to help prepare them to be a responsible babysitter. A few of the topics covered in this class include age appropriate care of children from babies up to school age and basic first aid. All classes require pre-registration and cost is $15. There are classes currently scheduled but filling up fast.

Feel free to call RCHD at 642-7735 with questions or to register your child.

Melissa K. Gaukler, RN is with Richland Co. Health Dept.

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