Eleven Waumandee and Cochrane-Fountain City area youth have recently earned their completion cards in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Child Care Clinic and are eager to put their newly-learned skills to practice. This clinic is taught by UW-Extension Family Living Agent, Mary Wood, and 4-H Youth Development Educator, Annie Lisowski, and CFC School Nurse, Liz Hoffmaster.
Especially important in our rural area, the clinic prepares youth ages 11 and up to provide safe and responsible care for themselves, their siblings, and for children in area families.
As part of the 10- hour training, students must study the course materials and provide child care for a younger youth as reflective practice. They are also required to complete all class assignments, which include structured discussions with their parents, recording interactions with children and hands-on practicing of skills such as The Heimlich Maneuver.
Students learn about safety and prevention of accidents and injury – personal, toys, food, household, and community. Emergency preparedness and response is also covered. They also learn about leadership, responsibility, decision-making, problem solving, using community supports, child development and age-appropriate expectations, play, and positively managing difficult child behaviors. Other topics are professionalism, business practices, and setting financial goals.
Congratulations to these young people for their work, enthusiasm, leadership and desire to provide quality care for children!