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Health Resource Spotlight: Tips for Keeping Children Safe – A Developmental Guide

The Problem

We want young children to explore their environments, so they can acquire new skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, though, in the process of mastering skills such as eating solid foods or climbing, they can get injured.

One Solution

Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide is a tool that provides safety tips for early childhood staff working with young children in classroom environments. There are separate sections on:

  • Young Infants
  • Mobile Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers

Each section includes an introduction that describes the developmental level of children at that age, including important details about the skills they are learning. Following the introduction, there are safety tips organized by daily classroom routines. For example, the section on toddlers has general tips applicable to all daily routines, plus specific tips for diapering and toileting, meal times, napping, indoor play, and outdoor play.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide was created by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW), and is posted on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website.

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