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Chapter One: Setting Up and Managing a Safe Environment. Safety Policies. Caregivers are responsible for the safest possible environment Designing a safety policy What needs to be done? Understand what safety hazards may be present in any child-care environment
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Caregivers are responsible for the safest possible environment
Designing a safety policy
What needs to be done?
Understand what safety hazards may be present in any child-care environment
Know hazards addressed by local licensing/fire boards
Be aware of safety hazards in the specific care environment
Know and address developmental abilities
What process will be followed?
Who is responsible for making sure process is followed?
Are there any time parameters or limitations?
Creating safe environments
Injury Prevention Management = forestalling or anticipating injury risk
Developing a safety plan
Methods and practices for caregivers
A caregiver should
Know applicable safety practices for child care
Screen environment for hazards and remove
Use safety devices, where applicable
Monitor for environmental hazards
Promote safety through action, word, and deed
Role model safety practices to children and parents
Be aware of conditions that contribute to injury
Closely observe children, especially during at-risk conditions
Child Care Centers
Child care centers governed by licensing
Child care centers that are multi-use facilities
Child care centers that are not subject to rules and regulations
Family Child Care Homes
In-Home Child Care
Cephlocaudal and Proximodistal Development
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Safety hazards, conditions, and behaviors
The Child’s Family Environment
at risk for
Lack of knowledge
Lack of communication
Lack of safety precautions
Removal of hazards and use of safety devices
Modify behavior using feedback, positive reinforcement, diversion, role playing through practice drills
Study injury reports
Observation is foremost activity in monitoring
Children may come to care with unresolved custody issues
Defining type of custody (see page 42)
Authorization by custodial parent for noncustodial parent to pick up child is possible with a signed document, not a phone call
No authorization, noncustodial parent is not allowed to pick up child
A legal document should be provided by parent(s)
Policy for this issue should be developed and followed
Child care training
Avoid conflictReality Check:Child Care Safety Checklist for Parents
Use developmental appropriate practice
Facility licensed or registered, if required
Open door policy for parents