Competency goal # 1 To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.
Functional Area 1: safe
While children are in my care, I do my best to keep them safe indoor and outdoor. When I enter my classroom in the morning, I check for any items that may be dangerous to them including broken or sharp toys and bins. I also keep any cleaning products in the closet that is locked. We have a first-aid kit for indoors including: bandages, gauze, ipecac syrup, tape, scissors, tweezers and a thermometer. We also carry one for outdoors. I have emergency numbers that may be needed posted by the phone in the classroom. We practice doing a fire drill once a month and have practiced several tornado drills. We keep track of all children entering and exiting the class in a binder. The binder also has all contact information for each child in the class. Before leaving the classroom I always do a head count to make sure everyone is with the class. While playing outdoors I check for and toys that may be broken and any rust on the play structure. I also keep the area where the play structure is, free of any toys to prevent tripping hazards. Whenever children are on the play structure, I make sure I am always within an arm’s reach, to try and prevent any accidents. Before returning indoors, I always do a head count, counting from front to back and back to front.
Functional Area 2: Healthy
Keeping children healthy is one of the most important jobs as being a role model. Washing their hands is the best way to prevent germs from spreading. When children enter the class in the morning, they must always wash their hands. After each diaper change/potty time, wiping noses, coming indoors and before and after each meal I always encourage them to wash their hands. Another way to prevent germs is by sanitizing any toys that have been put in a child’s mouth immediately. I always keep the classroom clean and sanitize tables and toys several times a day.