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Knowing exactly what your child is learning regarding safety at preschool can bring you peace of mind when you drop them off every morning. There are different levels of child development that will result in different rules for different ages. For example, a one-year-old won’t need to know how to hold sharp objects, but a four-year old will. When you pick your child up from preschool, make sure you engage them and ask them what they were taught that day; then let them teach you what they’ve learned. Day care helps children develop independence and giving them the space to “teach you” what they’ve learned can amplify that development. Children are also more likely to remember and follow safety instructions if they know you will want to hear about them later that day.
One of the first safety instructions your child will be given is how to correctly hold any sharp, potentially dangerous objects. Even a pencil can be hazardous if handled at the wrong angle, so teaching children to be careful with these things is a top priority for educators.
Some rules that will be taught include:
- Close scissors as soon as you are done using them
- When passing scissors to someone else, hold the loop sides towards them. This keeps the scissors from accidentally opening and cutting either of you.
General Sharp Objects
- Never run when carrying anything sharp
- Hold the pointed end towards the ground
- When you’re done using it, put it away so that no one will step on it
School safety includes making sure your child isn’t spreading germs and potentially getting other children sick, or getting sick from other children. The measures taken to avoid infections spreading include:
Washing your hands correctly is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick as well as avoiding spreading any germs that you may have accumulated during your day’s activities. Your child will learn to wash their hands before and after eating, after.
To wash them correctly,
- Wet your hands with water
- Apply soap and lather
- Rub your hands together, making sure to get in between your fingers, the top of your hands, and under your nails
- Rinse well with water
- Dry completely with a towel
Sneezing and Coughing Correctly
It used to be a standard classroom rule that when you need to cough, you cover your mouth with your hand. This actually results in germs being spread more than if you had coughed without covering your mouth at all. Rather, your child should cough into the crease of their elbow.
Inside And Outside Rules
The actual classroom has limited space and more (potentially hazardous) stuff in it, when compared to the playground, so it’s fitting that inside and outside safety rules differ.
Playtime is often a child’s favorite part of the school day. That excitement can lead to them not thinking through their actions as much as they usually would, so it’s important they learn how to have fun in a safe way.
When inside the classroom, running is not allowed because you can knock things over, bump into people, or slip and hurt yourself because the floor doesn’t have enough grip.
Outside, on the other hand, is the perfect place for kids to get rid of excess energy and zoom around to their hearts’ content.
Washing hands (again!)
Playgrounds can become breeding grounds for bacteria, making it essential that children wash their hands after being outside. This rule is especially important if they’ve played in a sandpit, which generally carries a high level of bacteria and germs.
There’s nothing more fun than speeding down a slide or racing to the top of a jungle gym – and nothing less fun than hurting yourself in the process. Your children will learn to wait their turn to go down the slides and to move carefully when climbing any playing equipment.
Every parent wants their child to be safe while at preschool, which is why it is important to ask about the safety rules your preschool will implement, among all the other important questions you’ll have when touring a preschool.
Schedule a tour with Stone Brook Academy to see first-hand how we handle safety measures and rules, which insure your child has the best chance of remaining both healthy and injury free.