What to do if an emergency happens

  • Keep calm—if you panic, the children are likely to panic too.
  • Send word to the Emergency Leader of your program. This person will take charge of the emergency, assess the situation, and give any further help as needed.
  • Stay at the scene and give help at least until the Emergency Leader arrives.
  • Do not move a severely injured or ill person except to save a life.
  • If necessary, telephone for help. Give all the important information slowly and clearly. To make sure that you have given all the necessary information, wait for the other party to hang up first.
  • Arrange for transportation of the injured person. If necessary, call an ambulance or other emergency vehicle. Do not drive unless accompanied by another adult. Bring your child care emergency information with you.
  • If possible, remove other children from the scene as early as feasible.
  • Do not give any medication unless authorized to do so by a medical or emergency authority.
  • Notify parent(s) of the emergency and agree on a course of action. If a parent cannot be reached, notify the parent’s emergency contact person and call the doctor shown on the child’s emergency contact form.
  • Be sure that a responsible individual from the program stays with the injured child until parent(s) take charge.