The Importance of Child Care Safety Protections

Health and safety are a primary focus for all educators who have children under their care. Development is always ongoing as practices and procedures change to ensure that children are always within a safe environment. A nursery has to pay special care to health and safety because their charges are not old enough to recognize every potential danger.

One way to keep on top of health and safety practices is to regularly review a nursery safety checklist that includes items such as:

  • Protective covers on electrical sockets
  • Padding on any sharp edges
  • Furniture that is in good working order
  • Items being properly stored
  • Cleared walkways
  • Fire exits are clear and marked
  • Safe water temperature at handwashing stations

You should also regularly review your pickup and dropoff procedures and how to identify a child’s nominated pickup person. If you are ever in doubt, it is better to err on the side of caution than to worry about inconveniencing a parent or guardian.

Extending Health and Safety into the Curriculum

It is also important to teach children safety so that they are active participants in their own well-being. Early childhood education fosters many different skills in children, including teaching them responsibility and independence. These traits should also include how to stay safe, how to take care of themselves, and how to look after their health.

Health and safety lessons are ones that children will carry with them throughout their lives. They will feel more independent and involved in self-care and in caring for others and their environments. Instead of scaring children, you should explain to them why certain things are dangerous or why some things have to be done a certain way. The more they understand why something is the way it is, the more the child will be able to appreciate it.

You should also allow them to ask questions or give them open-ended questions so they can explain everything you just taught them back to you.

Wimbledon Day Nursery is a leading, award-winning nursery that will keep your child safe whilst they learn the skills they need to succeed. To enroll your child in one of the top nurseries in Wimbledon, visit our website or contact us to find out more. 

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