Ideally, children should be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. However, the number of school-age children being left home alone or who walk home from school by themselves has risen dramatically over the last few years.
The Home Alone course at the Kelowna & District Safety Council is designed to provide children age 9 to 12 years of age with important skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied.
This 3 hour program focuses on small group discussions, problem solving, role-playing, and instructor-led demonstrations. All students will receive a student manual and a graduation certificate. In addition to learning useful safety skills, this fun, interactive course will boost your child’s confidence and make parents feel more at ease when children are left alone.
Upon the completion of this program, each child will have training to assist them to:
- Establish a daily routine;.
- Manage their time more efficiently;
- Identify what responsibilities they have while being home alone;
- Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency and how and when to call 911;
- Understand the basics of first aid procedures.
What children need to bring: pencil, water bottle, snack and a lunch if your child is also registered in First Aid Level 3 in the afternoon.
Please note: We always schedule our Home Alone course which runs from 9-12 to be followed by a First Aid level 3 course which runs from 12:30-3:30, and the half hour lunch break is supervised by the Instructor.