Health and Safety in Child Care

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Keeping children of all ages safe and healthy is one of the most important tasks of child care providers. Whether children are in center- or home-based care, providers are responsible for ensuring safety both inside and outside their child care setting.

Health and safety are major concerns for child care providers when transporting children. They should be prepared to prevent injuries and illnesses to handle emergencies. The following articles have more specific information and tips for keeping children healthy and …

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year old. It is the leading cause of death in children between 1 month and 1 year of age. Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 2 months and 4 months of age. Child care providers can help reduce the risk of SIDS by using safe sleeping practices with infants.

What Causes SIDS?

No one knows for sure what causes SIDS. Factors that …

Preventing Injuries in Child Care

Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for young children. Young children are at higher risk of injuries overall, and certain injuries are more probable at different ages. Toddlers are most susceptible to poisoning, preschoolers to drowning, and school-aged children to pedestrian accidents. Children are more likely to be injured when they are not under appropriate adult supervision.

The vast majority of childhood injuries are preventable. Child care providers need to take specific steps to prevent injury in …

Creating a Child Care Environment that Supports Children's Exploration

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Encouraging safe exploration is an important job for child care providers. Children are natural explorers and risk takers. They move quickly, put things in their mouths, drop or throw things, and love to climb and hide. Keeping children safe is crucial. But setting up an environment where you spend all day saying “Don’t touch this!” or “Stay away from that!” is not the answer. Instead of spending your time redirecting children, think carefully about how you set up the environment. …