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HLT 111 - Health and the Young Child - Textbook


Just like adults, children need environments that help them feel secure. Children depend on adults to meet their basic needs for food, water, shelter, and clothing. They also depend on us to protect them from harm. Feeling safe allows children to build relationships, become confident, and meet their potential . We cannot expect children to learn if they do not feel safe.

As staff members, safety is our first priority. The Virtual Lab School offers a variety of learning experiences to help you think about and reflect on safety. This course will help you understand what safety is about in preschool, the significance of providing safe indoor and outdoor environments for children’s development and learning, and the ways in which you can design safe environments and experiences for children and families in your classroom and program. Upcoming lessons will also cover topics such as:

  • Providing safe toys and materials
  • Supervision and accountability indoors and outdoors
  • Teaching safety rules
  • Safe sleep for preschool age children
  • Child abuse prevention, identification, and reporting
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • Responding to injuries
  • Special considerations for trips away from your program
  • Vehicle safety

Module 2 consists of four chapters 5-8 that deal with keeping children safe,  injuries and emergencies in children, adverse childhood experiences; and health disparities in children

Source: Virtual Lab School: Providing a Safe Environment Indoors and Outdoors