Students at Rossett School in Harrogate have been trained to deal with emergencies.
The students, who have first aid training, will be able to cover first aid and health manager Charlotte South when shetakes a break for lunch.
Mrs South, who has worked at the school for 17 years, has set up a nine-week evening course aimed at teenage babysitters, and is also encouraging sixth form students to gain practical first aid experience.
She said: “The students have shown they have the knowledge they need to deal with an emergency and this is a great opportunity for them to reinforce their learning with practical experience.
“They will be working on a rota basis in the first aid office in the half hour when I’m having lunch, and will have the back-up of other first aid-trained staff if they need it.
“However, I’m confident they have all the skills they need to deal with whatever might face them.”
Student Abi Jameson said: “We have all learnt first aid since Year 7 so it is really good that we now have the chance to put those skills into practice.
“We all wanted to pay something back to Mrs South for training us and this is an excellent way of doing this, as well as being able to use these important skills in after-school life.”
The babysitting course covers accident prevention and dealing with emergencies to personal safety and the rights of parents and babysitters. It is also open to 14 to 17-year-olds from other schools.
Mrs South said: “Babysitting doesn’t usually present many risks for teenagers, but in that one situation where something goes wrong, having the right skills could make a huge difference – and could even save a life.
“The aim of this course is not only to give teenagers the knowledge they need to deal with any situation that comes up, but also to reassure parents that they are leaving their children in safe hands when they go out.”
As well as the ongoing work they do on the course, students will complete two assessments to check the skills they have learned.