School aged children are a special population, because they are more self-sufficient as they grow, yet are still young children without a fully developed sense of personal safety. Keeping school aged children safe and healthy is the constant and primary requirement of all adult caretakers. This course has been developed for staff who work with parents and families of school aged children aged 5-12 years. In this course, you will learn about how to secure home and classroom environments to maximize safety, how to safely transport children, and special considerations for disaster planning. You will explore common hazards, including poisons, venomous plant and animals, and common home risks. We will review familiar problems, such as managing storage and securing electrical outlets. We will also address less familiar concerns such as internet safety and bullying prevention. Sanitation and cleaning considerations and transportation concerns for school aged children will also be addressed.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Common Hazards A. Falls B. Pedestrian Safety C. Bicycles, Skateboards, and Skates D. Motor Vehicle Safety E. The Sun and its Rays F. Burns G. Electrical Outlets H. Firearms I. Germs, Viruses, and Infections J. Internet Safety K. Disaster Safety Plan L. Review M. Section Summary Section 3: Poisoning Hazards A. First Aid B. Poisoning Hazards C. Hazardous Plants D. Hazardous Animals E. Pest Control F. Review G. Summary Section 4: Playgrounds and Supervision A. Importance of Recess B. Playgrounds C. Playground Dangers D. Fall Zone E. Fencing F. Supervision Requirements by Age G. Water Safety H. Review Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor
Dr. Ruth Doran is an educational consultant based in Boca Raton, Florida, specializing in preschool education. Dr. Doran serves as an early childhood practitioner, teacher trainer, curriculum and professional development developer, professor, researcher and program and facility expert. As an adjunct professor, she serves as affiliate faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the Universidad Tecnológica Equinnocial in Quito, Ecuador. She received her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Florida Atlantic University, where she received the 2014 Hall of Fame/Alumni of Distinction Award from the College of Education, where she was also named to the Top 50 Educators of the first 50 Years of FAU. She also holds a masters degree in International and Intercultural Development Education from Florida International University. Dr. Doran has held leadership positions at Palm Beach County Head Start and Early Head Start (Chief Academic Officer), The Guatemalan Maya Center (Executive Director), and as the Founding Executive Director of St. Jude Preschool and More Love Early Childhood Development Center. Her research interests include children's media and technology, the role of gender in early childhood programs, and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) integration in preschool curriculum. Disclosure: Ruth Doran, Ed.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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