19.0700 - Child & Custodial Care Services

Technical Standards

I. Competency Goal 1 – To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment

A. Functional Area 1 (Safety) – Candidate provides a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries

1. Keeps both the inside of the center and the outdoor play area free of debris, structural hazards, unguarded space heaters, tools, and dangerous substances, such as medicine, cleaning products, matches, chipping paint, toxic plants, small objects that could be swallowed, balloons, and plastic bags.

2. Ensures that safety equipment, such as smoke detectors and fire extinguisher, is in place and operable and knows how to use it.

3. Maintains an easily accessible and current list of phone numbers for contacting parents and emergency services, including poison control, fire company, and medical help.

4. Uses diagrams, pictures, and words understood by children and adults to post instructions and practice procedures for fires and other emergencies, including safety procedures for children with disabilities.

5. Plans and practices monthly fire drills for moving all children in care to safety as quickly as possible.

6. Ensures that outdoor play equipment is safe for small children and in good repair.

7. Responds immediately and sympathetically to a child's injury or fear of injury and encourages the same response by the children.

8. Takes safety precautions in a reassuring manner without overprotecting or making children fearful.

9. Anticipates and makes plans to prevent potentially dangerous situations, such as children being left alone or separated while on a field trip.

10. Maintains first-aid supplies (including gauze, tape, syrup of ipecac, tweezers, scissors, and soap) and knows basic first aid procedures appropriate for young children, such as how to handle choking, treating cuts, etc.

11. Uses safe auto and bus travel procedures, including use of appropriate car seats for children under 4 years old and seat belts for self and other children.

12. Discusses safety information with parents and tells them about resources, such as poison control centers, that provide services to families in their own language.

13. Supervises all children's activities indoors and outdoors.

14. Keeps informed about safety standards for toys and equipment and shares this information with parents.

15. Helps preschoolers stop dangerous actions toward themselves and others.

16. Explains cause and effect in dangerous situations in simple language, demonstrating as much as possible.

17. Teaches safe use of playground equipment.

18. Teaches children simple safety rules and enforces rules consistently. Talks and role plays with preschoolers about safety precautions.

19. Adapts the indoor and outdoor environments so that children with special needs can maximize their independence (e.g., safely uses mechanical audio equip­ment).

20. Explains and practices safety procedures such as fire drills, using the language best understood by the children.

21. Utilizes cultural values and practices in providing safety education.


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