A Safe and Healthy Childcare Setting
Having a safe and healthy childcare setting is one of the most important duties in a daycare. Educators practising good healthy procedures is a good way for children to learn about healthy choices as educators are, good role models.
Disinfecting toys, surfaces, utensils, and bedding should be part of a regular routine in order to prevent the spread of germs which can cause illness.
Children should be taught how to brush their teeth and be encouraged to have good dental hygiene to prevent cavities and any other dental problems. They should be taught about good hygiene such as hand washing to prevent germs.
Child providers need to know the correct way to change a diaper and appropriate ways to teach children to use the toilet in order to prevent the spread of illness.
Educators need to be prepared for any accidents that may occur, make sure there is a first aid kit that is well stocked and checked on a regular basis. Food must be handled properly and a well balanced diet should be followed. Food safety guidelines need to followed to prevent illness. Children should be encouraged to participate in physical fitness activities to help keep them healthy. Rest time should be part of the daily routine as children need quiet time or a nap, and is necessary in order to have a healthy body.
Procedures for giving medication to children need to be clearly set up and the proper guidelines need to be followed ex: Medication must be labelled and a consent form signed by the parent/guardian must be signed, in order to administer the medication to the child.
Outdoor play area needs to be checked daily for any danger such as trash, sharp materials, tools, and animal feces. Playground equipment needs to be checked on a daily basis as well for any worn or broken parts. Children need to have the proper...