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Title: Safety Tutorial for Child Care Aide

Safety Tutorial for Child Care Aide
  • By Diane Nelson
  • Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education

Training Tasks for Child Care Aide
  • Organize and participate in recreational
    activities with the children.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate disciplinary
    measures for the children.
  • Instruct the children in health and personal
    habits such as eating, resting, and toilet
  • Assist in preparing food for the children and
    serve meals and refreshments to the children.

Training Tasks for Child Care Aide
  • Dress the children and change diapers.
  • Keep records on individual children, including
    daily observations and information about
    activities, meals served and medication
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental
    problems in children and discuss with their
    parents or guardians.
  • Observe and monitor childrens play activities.

  • The younger the children, the lower the
    staff-to-child ratio?
  • Spanking a child is allowed with the parents
  • Toys that cannot be washed and sanitized should
    not be used?
  • After assisting the child with hand washing, the
    staff member should wash his or her own hands?
  • Before a child enters a child care facility, the
    caregiver should obtain a written history for
    that child.

Appropriate Clothing
  • Clothing should be casual and comfortable so you
    are able to freely move around with the children.
    No tight fitting and revealing clothing allowed.
  • No big jewelry where the children can pull on it.

Safety Equipment
  • Electrical outlet covers
  • Safety gates
  • Cabinet, door, and appliance locks
  • Edge and corner guards
  • Baby monitor
  • Cord wind-ups
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher

  • Cribs
  • Soft bedding
  • Bottles, cups, plates, and utensils
  • Portable mattresses for nap time
  • Books and toys
  • Art and craft supplies

  • Playground equipment
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator

  • All electrical outlets should be covered and
    mounted higher on the walls.
  • All electrical cords should out of reach of the
    children so they cannot play with them.

Floors, Doors, Exits
  • All doors should be locked and everyone enters
    from the main entrance and buzzed in.
  • There should be exit signs clearly displayed.
  • The floors should always be dried to prevent
    slipping. Everyone must be careful of tripping
    over toys out on the floor.

Chemical Hazards
  • All toxic substances like cleaning supplies and
    pest killer should be locked up and out of reach
    of the children.
  • The building should be checked for dangerous
    substances like lead and asbestos.
  • The poison control information should be posted.

Ergonomic Hazards - Lifting
  • Back injury is a common problem for a child care
    worker because you are constantly lifting up
    children. You must be aware of the proper way to
    lift to protect yourself from injury.

  • The day care center should have an evacuation
    plan in case of fire. This plan should be posted
    in each classroom.
  • The day care center should practice fire drills
  • The center should have fire extinguishers.
  • The center should have a current fire inspection
    certificate displayed.
  • The center should have smoke detectors.

Infectious Diseases
  • Any infectious disease should be reported to the
    Department of Health and the other parents in the
    center immediately.
  • Caregivers and children should wash their hands
    often, especially before eating and after using
    the bathroom or changing diapers.

Angry/threatening Customers
  • It is important to provide feedback to the
    parents regularly regarding their child and
    address any concerns they have immediately.
  • Document any problems with a child and any
    meetings you have with the parents.

How and to Whom Do You Report an Injury
  • An injury incurred by a child care worker or
    child should be documented and reported to the
    director immediately.
  • The child care worker should be trained on how to
    recognize signs of child abuse and how to report
    suspected child abuse.

Post Test
  1. Crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8 apart?
  2. Pillows could be left in the crib when the baby
    is sleeping?
  3. Check playground equipment regularly to make sure
    they are maintained in good condition?
  4. Safety gates are used to keep children away from
    potentially dangerous areas?
  5. It is permissible to leave a child unsupervised
    while he or she is sleeping, as long as the
    sleeping arrangements are safe and in compliance.

Post Test
  1. Caregivers should never leave a child alone on a
    table or countertop, unless an emergency arises?
  2. The facility should notify the parents of any
    suspected allergic reactions?
  3. The facility should practice fire drills with the
  4. If the child fell during the day and did not get
    hurt you do not need to inform the parent?
  5. If you suspect a behavior problem with the child
    you should discuss it with the parent?

Answers to Pre and Post Test
  • Pre Test Answers Post Test Answers
  • 1. T 1. T 6. F
  • 2. F 2. F 7. T
  • 3. T 3. T 8. T
  • 4. T 4. T 9. F
  • 5. T 5. F 10. T

Safety Web Resources
  • National Resource Center for
    Health and Safety in Child Care
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety
  • U.S. Dept of Health Human
    Services Administration for Children and