Keeping young children safe and healthy is the constant and primary requirement of all adult caretakers. This course has been developed for individuals who work with parents and families of young children from birth through five years of age. Each stage of development contains unique challenges and areas of concern that must be addressed in order to optimize wellbeing. In this course, you will learn about how to secure environments to maximize safety and how to safely transport children. You will explore common hazards, including poisons, animals, venomous plants, and other common home risks. We will review familiar problems, such as managing storage and securing electrical outlets. You will learn about the national recommendations for playgrounds and pool safety. Lastly, you will learn about food safety, sanitation and cleaning considerations, and transportation concerns for young children to ensure a comprehensive plan for the families that you serve.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Precautions for Children A. Meet Jason B. Special Precautions by Age Group C. Review Section 3: Common Hazards A. Toys B. Falls C. Germs, Viruses, and Infections D. Choking Hazards E. Improper Car Seating F. The Sun and its Rays G. Burns H. Firearms I. Review J. Section Summary Section 4: Poisoning Hazards A. First Aid B. Poisoning Hazards C. Hazardous Plants D. Hazardous Animals E. Pest Control F. Summary Section 5: Playgrounds and Supervision A. Supervision Requirements by Age B. Appropriate Equipment and Materials by Age C. Playgrounds for Infants to 2 Years Old D. Playgrounds for 2-5 Year Olds E. Fall Zone F. Fencing G. Hazards H. Drowning I. Review Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Exam
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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