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Health and Safety
Author: Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.d. CFLE

Health and safety are issues that get lots of attention in childcare settings. Many providers have uncomfortable memories of how sick they got in the first months of their work in childcare. Many children are together in a close area. They share many things with each other and with the adults who care for them—toys, games, ideas… and germs!

Most childcare programs are inspected often for fire and health safety. There are many rules and regulations for childcare settings to keep children safe and healthy. (See the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care for more information.) You could spend all of your time paying attention to those things. They are not the most rewarding parts of the job, though.

All of your efforts to keep children healthy and safe will not be very successful if you work alone. It will be much easier if the parents are partners with you. They need to know when to bring the child to childcare and when to keep him home. You need to know how to talk with them about health and safety problems at childcare. They need to know how to take care of the child when other children in childcare have been sick. You both need to know how to understand and support the child’s healthy development.

This section will help you understand children’s health and safety. It will help you talk to parents about these things. Together you can keep kids healthy, keep parents at work, and help children grow!


  Sexuality
     Answering tough questions
     
  Talking with your children about sexuality
     • When children’s play involves sexuality
     • Homosexuality
     • HIV/AIDS
     • Tips for providers
     • Red flags – recognizing sexual abuse
     • Books for parents and children
    
Sexuality education policy statement

Protecting Children from Child Abuse
     • Communicating with parents about parenting quality
         Talking to providers when they have concerns about parenting
         Talking to providers about child care quality
             Recognizing child abuse
             
Helping parents and children in difficult situations
             • Talking to a child who has been abused
             • Talking to parents about child abuse

     
Making childcare safe for children and providers
     


For more information, contact Judith A. Myers-Walls, PhD, CFLE at jmyerswa@purdue.edu

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