All parents want their children in a safe environment. Who wouldn’t? In fact, parents are very picky when it comes to leaving their children in a day care center, and they try to assess each center with its programs and the curriculum it offers. Overall, parents simply want the best for the children.
Safety is always the number one priority when it comes to day care centers. Providers should need to consider the needs of the children, considering that they trust providers to leave their assets: which is their child. It’s even more pressing and tiring when we hear recent events of abuse and negligence. So we cannot blame parents if they are too nosy about some specific matters.
Small-scale or home-based centers and private/public centers are worried about having to compete with larger centers that almost have the complete facilities. Since these larger centers can afford to buy the new and latest technology, competition exists. However, despite the new technologies and strategies, there is still a known fact that children might not be safe, even if it’s a larger or smaller day care center. Therefore, teachers must confront this issue and think of alternatives to serve the needs of the children, and ease the worries of the parents, through safety.
To prevent dangers that might harm the children, have a well-thought emergency plan. Study the place very well. Check all the ins and outs of the building, and its possible exit routes. In some cases that there are natural calamities such as fire, tornado, earthquake, or any similar event, it’s very important that you, as a teacher, should be calm and know what to do. Children look up to you and you owe it to them to be in control of the situation.
After making the plan, consider talking about this to the authorities. You may talk it over with your staff; discuss and air your concerns. Listen to their suggestions if they have any. Also, have a talk with nearby police stations and tell them about situation in case of emergencies. Tap their offices when help is needed. Also, confer about this with the parents and assure them that these methods will keep their children safe and secure.
Once the plan is approved, practice it with the children. Have a regular emergency drill and remind them that these procedures will benefit them when trouble comes. The most common drills are the fire and tornado drills – practice these procedures routinely. When the time comes, those drills will come in handy someday.
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