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Providing Safety Training to Budding Entrepreneurs Since 1965

For many, our first experience with entrepreneurship was babysitting a sibling, relative or neighbour in exchange for enough cash to hit the rink, the pool, go to a movie, or perhaps buy an album or video game.

Some things change… others stay the same. The revenue streams for these early business ventures has definitely changed. So too have the items being purchased with the earnings.

One thing that has not changed is how youth in this province learn to become a babysitter… through the Saskatchewan Safety Council’s Babysitter Training Course. A program for which we have proudly provided materials for over 50 years. (Article con't and photos below archive article)

From our archives . . .


The Division's main project for 1964 was the preparation and promotion of a Babysitter Training Course. The Course published by the National Safety League of Canada was accepted after certain changes were made to suit our needs in Saskatchewan. The availability of this training was announced to over 500 organizations in the province, and enthusiastic response has been received from urban and rural groups who are considering sponsoring the Course in their communities. The Council office has even received requests for the Course from North Dakota as well as from San Bernardino, California.

The Course consists of 8 lecture sessions along with practical and written examinations. A manual, for use by sponsoring groups, is available giving complete details to the operation of the program. All forms and supplement materials are supplied free of charge from the Council and the only expense involved is the nominal cost of diplomas and wallet cards.

To the end of March, over 11,550 pieces of supplement materials were distributed by the Council office in answer to requests for various pamphlets and forms concerning the Course. There are presently 12 courses being conducted throughout the province with an enrollment of 555 youngsters. We are very pleased with this response particularly in view of the fact that the program has only been in actual operation since January. Various other groups are in the process of planning Courses for the near future.

We are indeed grateful to the Department of Public Health and Rural Health Regions for their assistance; and to the professional persons who have acted as lecturers for the Courses. 1966 Our Babysitter Course through the Home Division continues to prosper, and it was encouraging to be told in Ottawa by the National Safety League of Canada that Saskatchewan is a leader in this field.

The goals of the Babysitter Training Course today have not changed dramatically since the course was released in 1965. The main objectives are to provide the student with up-to-date childcare information, the tools to properly communicate with parents, the knowledge for preventing and treating injuries, and managing any other challenges that may arise.

The Babysitter Training Course continues to be a popular course with almost 1300 student kits distributed in 2015.

For more information, or to request materials, visit our website at

Diaper changing demonstration in a babysitter training program.

Students are anxious to test their newly learned diaper changing skills.

Students learn to keep an eye out for items dangerous to the children they will be caring for.

Participants in this babysitter training class had a chance to spend some time in care of a baby.

Students learn the various ways to burp a baby.

Instructors demonstrate the various ways to burp a baby.

Instructors of the babysitter training course are encouraged to enlist the participation of local EMS, police or fire departments for sharing sessions with the students.

Participants learn about car seats and strollers.

Under adult supervision, boys and girls alike participate in babysitter training programs in communities throughout Saskatchewan using materials provided by the Saskatchewan Safety Council.



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