Safety tips

Toys are an important part of children’s learning in child care, but many serious injuries result from children swallowing small parts, placing tiny toys in noses or ears, and from cutting themselves on sharp edges. The following suggestions can help keep child care safe and fun as well.

Select Toys with Care

Watch out for toys that have sharp edges, small parts, or sharp points. Avoid toys that produce extremely loud noises that can damage hearing as well as propelled objects that can injure the eyes.

Include toys that suit children’s age, interests, and abilities. Avoid toys that are too complex for young children. Many toys have a suggested age range to help you choose toys that are both appealing and safe.

Read the labels. Look for safety information such as “Not recommended for children under 3 years of age, or “non-toxic” on toys likely to end up in little mouths, or “washable/hygienic materials” on stuffed toys and dolls.