Health and Safety: First Line of Defense

Teachers study tools to implement safe and healthy practices, both inside and outside their classroom. Disease risks, hand washing procedures, sanitation, and supervision measures are also discussed. A brief review of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Shaken Baby, and Child Abuse and Neglect issues are included.

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Help Children Cope with Trauma and Stress

Stress and trauma can have devastating consequences on children, especially if it is for a prolonged period of time. Recognizing stress and trauma is important so adults can provide children with the support they need. Brain research, types and causes of stress and trauma and the importance of relationships are explored.

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Maintaining Health and Safety Practices

Policies and procedures related to health and safety practices are a key component of high quality care. Reflect on laws, regulations, and procedures regarding health and safety practices. Recognize symptoms of common childhood diseases and understand how to implement procedures to prevent them.

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Minimizing Risk in Early Childhood Settings

Beyond regulatory standards, this course delivers information needed to create/implement a risk management plan including preparing for emergency situations; maintaining the safety of people, facilities, equipment, and materials; preventing legal issues; creating communication plans; and, handling the aftermath of a crisis.

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Safe and Healthy Children

To create an environment in a center or classroom where children are empowered to learn and grow, teachers must first ensure children feel safe and well. Strategies for keeping children safe and healthy, teaching them to make safe, healthy choices, and communicating health and safety information to families are explored.

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