Do tell Mom the babysitter’s great

If you are trying to find a responsible babysitter in the Shefford area then look no further.

That’s because 14 students from Samuel Whitbread Academy have just achieved their Level 2 Award in Babysitting.

The qualification was delivered by the Central Bedfordshire Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention as part of the school’s extra-curricular programme.

It gives youngsters an idea of the skills needed to be a good babysitter, such as their responsibilities to the children they are looking after, including how to keep them safe as well as their responsibilities to the children’s parents.

The Academy was launched by Central Bedfordshire Council and the University of Bedfordshire in June 2014 to offer qualifications and career development to anyone working with children – from babysitters to social workers.

Since then, more than 350 learners have achieved qualifications and by March 2016, 25 newly qualified social workers will have completed their assessed and supported year of employment (ASYE) programme.

Debbie Hill, a careers advisor at the upper school in Shefford Road, Clifton, said: “This has provided a fantastic opportunity for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students. They have developed in both competence and confidence and are now focussing on marketing themselves as credible babysitters.”

Laura Dunn, who tutored and assessed the students, said: “They were really enthusiastic and attentive throughout the ten weeks of the course. It was really great to hear that many of the students are now seriously considering a career working with children.”

The Academy is now planning to deliver the qualification to other schools in Central Bedfordshire.

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