Classroom Safety

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The first element of classroom safety is intentional design. Using the positioning of your desks, displays, storage and equipment to create a warm and welcoming room for the students lets the parents as well feel that their child is being left in a safe and caring environment. When the students are comfortable with the surroundings, they feel safe and want to be involved with learning. The expectations for behavior should be made clear at the beginning of the year by reviewing these rules with students. Classroom rules must have concrete consequences. Having a regular daily schedule helps you and your kids prepare for upcoming tasks. The children will adjust to the daily routine and behaviors will be kept at a minimum because they know what is expected of them. Children should be involved in safety practices by being assigned roles such as trash monitor, door monitor, or safety patrol team so they can practice being safe and school. These skills will show up at home as well because the child feels that he is important to the smooth working of the classroom. Children who are excited about the things they are learning at school cause parents to want to see what is going on in the classroom.

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. These attributes serve as buffers, helping parents to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Research has shown that the following protective factors are linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect: * Nurturing and attachment

* Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development * Parental resilience
* Social connections
* Concrete supports for parents

Amador, C., Daeschel, I., Sorte, J.(2011). Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children. Pearson Education Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Seven Key Elements for...
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