To establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment
Functional Area #1: Safety
One of my goals in the functional are of safety to is to provide a safe environment in order to prevent and reduce the injuries of the children in my care. This is an important goal for the age group in my care because they are still learning the consequences of hazardous choices and are not necessarily knowledgeable of the dangers in their environment. Every day I am responsible for looking over the room and everything that is in it in order to make sure that they are safe for the children to use, including the playground materials outside. I use safety rules and reminders consistently throughout the day to help the children understand the dangers of some of their actions and I supervise them at all times in order to prevent as many injuries as possible. I am responsible for implementing monthly fire drills and knowing where each child’s medical release forms are in case of an emergency. I know where the list of emergency numbers is located for things such as poison control, the Fire Company, or medical help. It is also my responsibility to make sure that my CPR and First Aid certifications are up to date.
Functional Area #2: Health
One of my goals in the functional area of health is to prevent the spread of illness through promotion of good health and nutrition. This is an important goal for the age group in my care because not only does it set the foundation for lifelong healthy habits but it helps keep the other children, their families, and the staff from getting sick. I start by first helping them to understand the different aspects of good health and nutrition. I regularly remind the children to wash their hands before and after specific instances, such as before eating, after blowing their nose or using the bathroom, and explain why it is important and then make sure to model this personally. Another way I help prevent the spread of...