Child Safety Teaching Resources
• The Stop, Drop, and Roll routine is important for young children to learn. Be sure to remind children to cover their faces when they are rolling to protect their eyes. Smoke is also a big problem in a fire. Teach children how to "Stay Low and Go" in a fire. Use a red chalk circle to designate an area of the play yard as the fire. Put on music and invite children to move around. On your signal (a bell or shouting FIRE), ask children to "fall and crawl" out of the fire area.
• You can extend the Car and Bus Safety activity by bringing more appliance boxes to the play yard and asking children what other vehicles they would like to make with them. Don't forget to sing a few rounds of "The Wheels on the Bus" and change the lyrics to fit each of the vehicles.
Kids should not have access to any medications when they aren't under a guardian's watch, as they could easily overdose or unintentionally take the wrong medicines. This could lead to serious health problems. Protect your children by teaching them that any type of drug can be dangerous if taken in large quantities. Also, inform them that they should not take any type of drug unless given to them by a parent or a trusted guardian.
While introducing and engaging children in the safety activities, be sure to allow plenty of time for them to share their thoughts and feelings about all the ideas the activities inspire. Slow down, listen carefully, and watch learning blossom!
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), in cooperation with the Children’s Safety Network, is launching the first cohort of a new Child Safety Learning Collaborative for state and jurisdiction Title V agencies. The aim of the Learning Collaborative is to reduce fatal and serious injuries among infants, children, and adolescents. The first cohort will begin in November 2018 and continue for 18 months to April 2020.
In addition to putting together the escape plan, you'll also want to set in stone where family members should gather and meet outside to account for everyone's safety. If you are familiar with CPR, it would be a good idea to teach your children about it. . First-aid is also another safety fundamental that kids would beneﬁt from being familiar with early on. Show them the diﬀerent elements they can ﬁnd in a ﬁrst-aid kit and how they are used.
• Stress the importance of Sun Safety after this initial activity by involving children in a sun versus shade investigation. Take a walk around the play yard to see if there is enough shade. Then bring out some rope and a collection of old sheets (ask parents to lend them). Invite children to brainstorm how to use the materials to create shady areas or "shade tents." Children may also like to watch how the sun moves throughout the day. Where is it shady in the morning and in the afternoon?