To Maintain a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

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Competency Goal 1
To establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment

Functional Area 1: Safe
One of my goals in the functional area of safe is to prevent or reduce injuries while

children are in my care. This is an important goal for the age group children in my care

because young children are often not aware of hazards in the environment or of

behaviors that could cause injury. One of the ways I do this is by supervising children at

all times. I always make sure children are where I can see and hear them, even when

they are napping. Another way I do this is by checking the child care environment, both

inside and outside, every morning before the children arrive to make sure that outlet

plugs are in place, that child-safety latches are hooked, and that there are no broken

toys or dangerous objects in the child care space. Outside, I check to be

sure that there are no splinters, rusting equipment, or sharp pieces.

Functional Area 2: Healthy
One of my goals in the functional area of healthy is to prevent the spread of germs in my

child care. This is an important goal for the age group children in my care because

young children do not have good control over bodily functions and germs can be easily

spread when children are in such close contact with each other. One of the ways I do

this is by washing my hands before and after changing a diaper, after wiping noses or

cleaning up other bodily fluids, before and after handling food or bottles, after coming in

from outside, and any other time my hands are dirty. I also help the children to wash

their hands at similar times. Another way I do this is by washing and sanitizing all

mouthed toys immediately, and other toys daily. I also make sure each child has his/her

own bedding and I wash and sanitize bedding weekly. I believe that children need a

variety of healthy foods, so our program belongs to the USDA Food Program and we

serve lots...
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