Safe Environments in Child Care

5 Clock Hours / 0.5 CEUs / $34.00

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Course Description

This course applies to children of all ages.

This course will help you provide children with safe indoor and outdoor spaces. You will learn to recognize and reduce hazards to children’s health and safety, understand the importance of staff/child ratios, ensure and provide adequate supervision, and respond to emergencies.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Safe Environments in Child Care
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Course formats

Most Care Courses are offered in both book (with online testing) and fully online format. Safe Environments in Child Care is offered only in our fully online format.

It includes audio narration in most course sections. Click here to learn more about Care Courses' training formats.

Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.

Specific state information:

  • Washington State: This course is not accepted for Washington Merit or Washington Stars clock hours.

NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Safe Environments in Child Care you will be able to explain the importance of supervision and staff/child ratios for children’s safety, identify the characteristics of safe indoor and outdoor spaces for children, and identify guidelines for handling accidents and injuries.

Topics covered

  • The importance of active supervision and appropriate staff/child ratios
  • Vehicle safety precautions
  • Ways to minimize children’s exposure to toxins
  • How to protect children from electrical and water hazards
  • Special rules for swimming pools
  • Fire safety precautions and prevention
  • Ways to prevent poisoning accidents
  • The importance of proper ventilation and fresh air in a child care environment
  • Guidelines for selecting and maintaining safe playground equipment and surfaces
  • Best practices for pest control in child care spaces
  • How to prevent TV and furniture tip-over accidents
  • Ways to ensure children’s toys and materials are safe and age-appropriate
  • Special safety considerations for infants and toddlers
  • Guidelines for handling accidents and injuries
  • Ways to prepare for and respond to emergencies


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.

What students say about Safe Environments in Child Care:

“I absolutely love that you have the option for the audio read along. That has helped me so much with comprehending what I was reading.” - Churchton, Maryland

“This training will help tremendously with my childcare because there were a few things that I didn’t know. I am also in agreement on no cell phones at any time, except emergencies.” - Farmington Hills, Michigan

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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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at We will review your course and be in touch.

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