There are several steps to take to keep preschool safety top priority
PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM SAFETY TIPS Part 2
Safety cannot be overemphasized. By the time kids are preschool-aged, they are more independent, they move and play with ease. Climbing, running, and jumping are their favorite activities. There are several steps to take to keep preschool safety top priority.
1. Practice emergency plans
Preschoolers are active learners. Teachers who talk to children about rules and routines help them make safer choices. Make it fun, role-play the whole event, from alarm to the moment when it’s safe to come back inside so that your preschoolers know the drill.
Every school should have a "Muster Point". A muster point is a designated place or an area where all employees, guests or visitors to the worksite or a large crowd can assemble in case of an emergency. The muster point ensures that everyone knows where to gather even in the panic of an emergency.
2. Room arrangement
Children need constant supervision. It’s also important to design the room such that students stay interested in the activities you provide for them. A Circle or U-shaped sitting arrangement helps keep an eye on every child in the class.
Too much room or too little room makes it a bit difficult for the children to participate and explore the materials for learning.
3. Watch the floors
Involve your kids in regular cleanup procedures to keep the floors clear of debris and toys that may cause someone to trip and fall. Use carpet tape to prevent rugs from curling or slipping and periodically check for loose floorboards or tiles.
4. First Aid
Regardless of preventive measures in place, there will still be times when children get hurt. Therefore, it is important for all teachers to be CPR and First Aid certified. It is also important for every class to have a first aid kit, not just the school clinic.
NOTE: Bored or irritated kids can quickly discover new ways of getting into unsafe situations, so make it easy for them to stay busy with the safe play options you’ve planned.