Section 1: Safety Practices and Policies
Children are by nature curious and active, eager to test their environment and their own abilities. Professionals who work with young children and their families must be aware that early childhood environments should always have a clear set of policies and practices to ensure the safety of all children. When adults who work with young children in these environments share these policies and practices with families, they can accomplish at least two positive goals: (1) communicating the safety measures, and (2) heightening families’ awareness of safety practices that can and should be in place in their homes.
Begin Section 1 of your course project (which will become your first blog entry) by choosing whether you are going to focus on infants/toddlers or preschoolers. In your entry you must demonstrate an understanding of the risks for injuries associated with the developmental level of your selected age group. If you are currently working with children, you may use your program’s safety policies as one of your resources. Also, draw on Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in your course text for recommended safety policies and specific safety issues associated with your selected age group.
For this section of your blog, complete the following:
- Identify at least five potentially hazardous situations/safety threats common to your age group.
- For each of the hazardous situations or safety threats:
- Summarize specific safety policies that apply to these situations/threats.
- Describe measures that should be taken to prevent and/or deal with these situations/threats.
- Indicate what families can do to ensure the safety of the child at home.