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.

Created for all childcare facilities and homes, this course will help you provide children with safe indoor and outdoor spaces. In this course you will learn to recognize and reduce hazards to children’s health and safety, 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

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. 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.

Learning outcomes

After completing Safe Environments in Child Care you will be able to explain the importance of supervision and caregiver-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 caregiver–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.

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 30 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. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

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