Safety in childcare is of course on the mind of parents as well as providers. When it comes to children, you can never be too prepared. Today I want to go over some must haves for Safety in Childcare. childcare safety
Top 10 Childcare Safety Items
1. Outlet Covers
You might be thinking of the standard plastic plugs, but there are actually quite a few options. There are Self-closing Outlet Covers and enclosed Outlet Covers with cord shorteners that allow you to have access to the outlet while keeping it inaccessible to children.
2. Doorknob guard/Door Block
Door Knob Safety Covers allow adults to open and close doors but are designed to keep children from turning the knob. There are also Door Stoppers/Anti-Finger Pinch guards that block the closing of doors and from little hands getting pinched.
3. Fire extinguisher
A Fire Extinguisher with bracket is an absolute must. Be sure to check your local regulations for the correct grade you are required to have. Most need annual servicing.
There are Safety Gates for just about every need. Whether you need a gate to block a staircase, an extra-wide opening or a narrow door, there is a gate for it. There are even retractable gates that are there when you need them and disappear when you don’t.
5. Anti-tipping devices
If you have oversized furniture or a big screen tv, anti-tipping kits or straps are another MUST HAVE especially for furniture over 36″ in height.
6. First Aid Kit
A well stocked First Aid Kit is usually a requirement. Be sure to restock this at least once a year.
Most of us will have gloves on hand for diaper changes, but gloves are essential for cleaning wounds as well.
8. Cabinet Locks
9. Baby Monitor
A baby monitor can give you eyes to see what’s going on even if you are not in the room. Especially handy at naptime.
10. Emergency Services List & Emergency Contact Form
The Emergency Services List is a listing of contact information for local emergency services. An Emergency Contact Form is a form for each child with persons to contact in an emergency. Most licensing agencies will have specific forms for you to use but if not or you would like a different form, check here for several ideas.