Secondary Schools Urged to Train Young Babysitters in First Aid
The childcare charity ”Daycare Trust’ has recently completed a groundbreaking study of babysitters in Great Britain and advocates compulsory first aid training for all secondary school students.
The report found babysitters to be vital in permitting parents time for work and other activities, but that the young sitters were grossly undertrained.
The study also recommends the British Red Cross’ babysitting classes for child caregivers.
A report by childcare charity Daycare Trust calls for first aid training to be part of the National Curriculum for all secondary school students, along with other measures.
It carried out a study which found one in 10 families had used a carer aged between 15 and 24 to look after their child in the last six months, and one in six 15 to 24 year-olds was providing informal childcare to relatives or friends, or was a paid babysitter to unrelated families.
The charity’s research found that while half of 15 to 24-year-olds who provided informal childcare did so to enable parents to undertake leisure activities, one third did so in order to help parents work.
Young babysitters provide a significant number of hours of childcare every week, often on a regular basis. Sibling carers provide an average of 5.7 hours of childcare every week, it found. The report concluded that young babysitters are crucial to the UK economy.
The research, part of Daycare Trust’s Big Lottery-funded project, is the first report to examine the use and profile of babysitters in Britain and looked at the experiences of young babysitters, parent satisfaction, and child safety and welfare issues.
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