Disinfect Child Care Surfaces with a Bleach and Water Solution

Preventing the spread of germs is a challenge in child care programs. A solution of household bleach and water is an inexpensive and easy way to disinfect surfaces and sanitize objects in child care programs. But child care providers need to be careful to use bleach correctly to ensure that children are safe and surfaces are properly disinfected or sanitized. 

New Bleach Concentrations Mean New Use Recommendations

In early 2013, manufacturers of household bleach changed the concentration of bleach sold …

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Emotional Abuse

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Identifying possible child abuse is one of the most stressful responsibilities of a child care provider. Emotional abuse is not as easy to identify as physical abuse because the signs are more subtle.

What Child Care Providers Should Know about Emotional Abuse

  • Emotional abuse includes blaming, belittling or rejecting a child; In addition, this includes constantly treating siblings unequally or persistent lack of concern for a child’s welfare. It also includes bizarre or cruel forms of punishment — for example,

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Physical Abuse

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In order to protect children who are being abused, child care providers need to learn the signs of physical abuse. Physical abuse is any kind of non-accidental harm to a child’s body. Children who are physically abused may try to hide their injuries or may give unbelievable explanations for injuries such as broken bones.

What Child Care Providers Should Know about Physical Abuse

  • Physical abuse injuries are often the result of harsh or inappropriate discipline. Abuse may include shaking, throwing

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Neglect

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Neglect is the most common type of child abuse. Child care providers need to know how to identify neglect in young children.

Things Child Care Providers Should Know about Neglect

Child neglect is a failure to provide for children’s basic needs. Neglect can be physical (hunger or inadequate clothing in cold weather), medical (refusal to seek health care when a child clearly needs medical attention), educational (failure to enroll a child of school age), or emotional (chronic or extreme spouse …

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Abuse and Neglect

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Child care providers are often the first people to notice that a child is being abused or neglected. Because child care providers spend so much time each day with children, they are likely to notice physical signs of possible abuse, such as bruises or burns, as well as changes in behavior that might indicate abuse.

In order to help children who are being abused or neglected, child care providers can learn how to recognize the signs or symptoms of different …

What Child Care Providers Need to Know about Identifying Sexual Abuse

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The possibility that a child could be experiencing sexual abuse is frightening for many child care providers. Knowing how to identify the signs of sexual abuse is an important first step in helping a child who is being victimized.

What Child Care Providers Should Know about Sexual Abuse

  • Sexual abuse includes a wide range of behavior: fondling a child’s genitals, intercourse, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism and commercial exploitation through prostitution or pornography. Sexual abuse may begin with inappropriate touching or fondling

Tips for Parents to Handle Separation Anxiety When Leaving Your Child in Child Care

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As young children grow and develop, they become more aware of the adults in their lives. Around 9 months of age, children learn how to distinguish one caregiver from another. When you get ready to leave your 9-month-old with her child care provider, she knows you are leaving. At the same time, she does not have enough experience in the world to realize that you will come back, so she feels anxiety. Many infants show this anxiety by crying, clinging …

Recommendations for Giving Medications to Children in Child Care Programs

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From time to time, children may need to take medications while in child care. Child care directors and providers must be careful to handle medications properly and to ensure that children receive the appropriate dose of the right medicine at the right time. Here are some guidelines for giving medications to children in a child care setting.

  • Always require a signed release form. Parents or legal guardians should sign a medication release form for each medication. The form should include

Suggestions for Child Care Providers to Meet Infants' Needs

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Providing child care for infants is different than caring for older children.  Babies have special ways of communicating, specific nutritional needs, and unique scheduling routines.  It is important for child care providers to know and understand infants’ specific needs and ways of communicating so they can better provide for the infants at their child care facility. 

Infants need caring adults they can depend on. Child care providers can build trust by by spending time one-on-one with babies and responding …

Guidelines for Child Care Providers Talking with Children about Suspected Abuse or Neglect

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Hearing a disclosure — a child telling you that someone has abused or hurt him — can be scary for child care providers. Many thoughts may run through your mind. You may be worried about the child and yourself, unsure of how to respond or what to say, or angry with the parent or alleged abuser. Responding to a disclosure of abuse or neglect is a big responsibility.

Being Sensitive Is Essential

Children often are reluctant to tell about abuse. …