Healthy
Safe Environment Assignment

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ECY103
N1A

Lisa
Raso

January
30, 2018

 

 

 

Healthy
Safe Environment Assignment

Creating
healthy and safe environment for children in a child care center is very
important concern. All children have the right to be in a setting that provides
them with a more than theoretical healthy and safe environment, as a fact that the
best part of learning experiences happens where kids are happy and secured.

A.R.C
child care center which is located on 54 Danforth Ave. is supervised by a very
professional RECE named Mary, who is also enrolled at ECE apprenticeship
program at Seneca College. The center has 15 infants in rooms A and B and 38
preschoolers in rooms C and D. The center has 9 staff members working as a one
team together.

The center has play
based emerging curriculum which is learning through playing activities to
encourage children for self awareness like identify and discuss interests at
circle time, dress themselves as part of self reliance, identify and apply
basic safety rules to everyday life, demonstrate consideration for others by
helping and sharing, identify ways of moving, participate in singing and
dancing, listen to stories, create pictures, arts and crafts that expresses
their interests and experiences.

The curriculum is
guided and directed by the supervisor and staff members to adopt the best
appropriate healthy environment for the kids physically emotionally and
mentally, because being in a healthy and safe environment should matter the ECE
caregiver at first hand.

On Thursday January
25,2018 morning around 10.00 am with the help of the supervisor I started observing
rooms A, B, C and D, as well as the kitchen, washrooms, cubbies, outdoor areas,
indoor facilities and so many spots to see the standards that those kids were
living in.

The first standard
for setting up an environment in a way that promotes safety for the kids is the
arrangement of items, exits, electrical cords, furniture, toys, carpets or any
item that might be a matter of danger for kids as well as caregivers.

As walking in the
nursery and checking the classrooms, I noticed that in room B one of the rugs
and especially the corners weren’t secure enough as they should be, so that
kids might be tripped if they are walking in that area and if they didn’t
notice that the corner side is not fixed on the floor, the risk of falling down
will be big.

Ensuring that environment
should be safe from any tripping hazards where kids can play and walk safely,
we have to consider that every area is comfortable for them and free from
anything which will address their safety.

According
to( Pimento & Kernested, 2015). Healthy Foundations In Early Childhood
Settings (5th ed.). p.403 “Do not use scatter rugs. Do not run
extension cords across floors where people walk or under carpeting (fire
hazards)”.

Accordingly
I will highly recommend the center to consider safety arrangement for walking
kids or staff if they are walking or running on emergency procedure so that it
is better for them to remove those carpets or to replace double face tapes
under the carpets that have tripping sides so that they stick on the floor and
will be secure for everyone. According to Child Care Centre Licensing Manual,
Ontario Regulation 137/15  (2014) p.61
“The play materials, equipment, and furnishing are free of hazards that could
potentially endanger the health and saftey of children.

Moving
to the classrooms and observing onsight, I noticed that teachers weren’t doing
health checks before kids enter the classroom. 
Obviously before starting any activity and before allowing kids interact
together, caregivers in the presence of the parent should do health checks for
the kids, because their health sometimes changes quickly  and they will be exposed quickly to desease.
According to Child Care Centre Licensing Manual Ontario Regulation 137/15  (2014) p.81 “An imporatnt step in preventing
the spread of desease or infection is early detection so that children who may
be ill can be seperated from other children”.