Safe Spaces in Child Care

4 Clock Hours / 0.4 CEUs / $30.00

Safe Spaces in Child Care Course Description: 

Written for all childcare facilities and homes, this course teaches you how to provide the safest indoor and outdoor spaces possible to protect children’s health and well-being. Content includes steps to take to reduce hazards in children’s environments and guidance on how to actively supervise children at all times. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.  

Learning Outcomes: After completing Safe Spaces in Child Care you will be able to explain child care providers’ responsibility to ensure the safety of the indoor and outdoor spaces occupied by the children in their care; explain the importance of active adult supervision of children in creating a safe child care environment; identify ways to protect children from hazards that can cause bodily injury, such as water, poisons and toxins, hazardous waste, unstable furniture, faulty electrical appliances, and vehicular traffic; and describe the characteristics of safe indoor and outdoor spaces for children.

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Please note: This course is only available in the Online Course format.


Topics Covered in Safe Spaces in Child Care:

  • The need for active supervision of children, free from cellphones and other distractions
  • Safety rules to prevent distracted driving
  • How to maintain optimum staffing levels and child:staff ratios
  • The need for building inspections and environmental audits of child care spaces
  • How to protect children from carbon monoxide, lead, asbestos, and radon hazards
  • How to protect children from electrical, water, and vehicular hazards
  • Special rules for swimming pools
  • Ways to prevent fires in a child care facility
  • How and when to use a fire extinguisher
  • Why and how to make a fire escape plan
  • Ways to prevent poisonings caused by drugs, chemicals, plants, and household items
  • The need for and tips on how to maintain fresh air in a child care environment
  • Ways to choose, install, and maintain safe playground equipment
  • Safety recommendations for playground surfaces
  • Ways to safely control insects and other pests in child care spaces
  • Why and how to properly secure TVs and furniture to avoid tip-over accidents
  • Example of a Daily Child Safety Checklist
  • Ways to ensure toys and materials are safe and age-appropriate
  • Ways to keep infant toys and care equipment safe
  • SIDS and SUIDS
  • How to document and record injuries, accidents, and safety incidences

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

Completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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