Providing a Safe Environment Indoors and Outdoors
High-quality environments can help keep school-age children safe from injury. This lesson focuses on ways you can ensure that indoor and outdoor environments are safe for children in your school-age program.
Providing Safe Games and Learning Materials
Maintaining a safe environment is a priority in school-age programs. Unsafe games and learning materials can put school-age children at risk for injury or illness. This lesson focuses on identifying and checking games and learning materials for safety.
Maintaining Safe Staff-to-Child Ratios
This lesson will help you understand why ratios and group size are important, what ratio is in effect for your program, and how to solve common problems.
Supervision and Accountability Indoors and Outdoors
As school-age children become more independent, supervision becomes crucial for keeping them safe. This lesson focuses on ways to provide appropriate supervision both indoors and outdoors.
This lesson will help you understand the positive aspects and risks of the internet and technology use for school-age children. You will learn how to address these issues surrounding the internet and technology and receive tools that will enable you to create a safe environment in your program.
Safe Routes to and from School
Your responsibility for a child’s safety begins before children even arrive at your program. It continues until children are safely under their families’ supervision. This lesson will help you ensure safety rules and procedures are followed when school-age children are around vehicles, on foot, on bike, or entering and exiting the bus as they are coming to your program or leaving for the day.
Child Abuse Prevention, Identification, and Reporting
Child abuse and neglect put children at risk for injury and even death. As a staff member, it is your responsibility to know the signs of abuse and neglect, prevent child abuse through parent education, and report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
Preparing for Emergencies
Emergencies can happen any time. Being prepared for potential emergencies can help you keep children safe and stay calm during stressful situations. This lesson will focus on helping you plan, organize, and practice evacuation and emergency procedures in advance. This includes contingency procedures such as for tornadoes, terrorist threats, epidemics, and other emergencies.
Responding to Injuries
Despite your best efforts to keep children safe, injuries can happen. You must be prepared to respond quickly when a child or staff member gets hurt. This lesson will help you recognize different events that can cause injuries in school-age programs. Then you will learn how to keep children safe by getting them medical attention.
Special Considerations for Trips Away from Your Program
Trips away from the program are excellent ways to help school-age children learn. Trips present some risks, however. This lesson will help you learn how to prevent and respond to safety problems on trips away from your program.