In 1991, the Kaukauna Community Hospital Auxiliary took over the community Baby-sitting Clinic that the Kaukauna Homemakers had sponsored for many years. When the hospital closed in 1996, the Kaukauna Community Health Associates continued this sponsorship.
Each year, area 5th grade students are invited to attend the FREE Baby-sitting Clinic which is held at the Kaukauna Municipal Building for students in the Kaukauna Area School District. The clinic is held each year in late October or early November on a Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Participants receive a folder containing a variety of materials and timely handouts donated by the KCHA and area businesses and organizations. This packet includes a booklet, "Guidelines for Baby-sitters," which can be used as a reference when baby-sitting.
The students are split into groups and all students attend three sessions. One presentation is done by a registered nurse about "General Baby Care." A live baby is used as a model in this session. The nurse also uses a 'shaken baby model' as part of her presentation. The model's flexible neck is designed to simulate a small child's neck. Her demonstration shows how shaking a baby or small child can cause permanent damage, especially to the brain.
Other sessions are presented by the Police Liaison Office of the Kaukauna Police Department about the "Do's and Don'ts" of baby-sitting. The third session is presented by firefighter/Paramedics of the Kaukauna Fire Department on fire safety, first aid and emergency procedures. Students attend all three sessions.
Students view a video, "Baby-sitting: The Basics and Beyond," which features "The Fairy Good-Sitter," which is very informative and students see what 'to do' and what 'not to do' when baby-sitting.
At the conclusion of the clinic, students are given a test and receive a "Certificate of Attendance". Many KCHA members volunteer their time in putting the packets of information together prior to the clinic, as well as escorting students to and from the various sessions on the day of the clinic. Kaukauna High School Key Club members also assist our organization on the day of the clinic.
The next Baby-sitting Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014.