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Child Care Safety in Daycare Checklist

Child care safety and health within your daycare center should be a top priority. You must be completely confident that the areas within your center are safe at all times at both indoor and outdoor play areas.

A good way to inspect your child care area is to get down on your hands and knees and look for any signs of trouble. Ask yourself the following question – “How could a small child be hurt here?”

Sharp edges and breakables within reach can be dangerous to small children. In addition you will want to be aware of the recommended minimum age for toys. Toys with small loose pieces can be problematic for infants and toddlers. You should check your toys, cribs, tables ,chairs, shelving, and furniture for loose parts every couple of days, especially if you have very young children around.

You will also want to make sure your toys, cribs, swings, strollers, and playground equipment has not been recalled. While purchasing items at garage sales can be a great source of bargains for your daycare it can also mean potentially dangerous products. Be aware of what products have been recalled at the U.S consumer product safety commission website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/

To help avoid problems with your child care center put your common areas through this daycare safety checklist:

  • Make sure no recalled products are being used
  • Print out and display a list of recalled products
  • Dangerous materials should be safely locked away or high above where children can reach
  • Poisonous plants need to be kept well away from children
  • Pools should have gates which children can not open
  • Stairs should have child gates installed
  • Electric outlets should have safety plugs
  • Medicine should be kept well away
  • Toy box lids can cause injury use shelves instead
  • Pets are kept out of reach of children
  • Make sure cribs meet  current national safety standards
  • Cribs should be in good condition with snug fitting mattresses
  • Crib slats should be no more than 2 3/8″ apart
  • Cribs should have a certification safety seal
  • Babies should be put to sleep on their backs with a firm flat mattress
  • Do not use soft bedding, pillows, or comforters with babies to help prevent (SIDS)Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Playgrounds should have at least 12 inches of mulch, sand, or wood chips
  • Check miniblinds and venetian blinds for looped cords, as these can be choking hazards
  • Beware of child’s outerwear clothing with drawstrings
  • Children should be supervised at all times
  • Have a written policy on caring for sick children
  • Install the correct amount of smoke alarms
  • Have fire extinguishers available and charged
  • Limit or do not allow TV viewing
  • Keep perishable food refrigerated
  • Use window guards on all windows except one that are fire exits
  • Have an emergency evacuation plan
  • Keep toys clean and disinfected
  • Look out for furniture with sharp edges
  • Keep diapering area separate from regular children play area
  • Have a first-aid kit and posted emergency numbers on hand
  • Use the proper child to child care provider ratio for your state

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