Good supervision is a critical part of helping to prevent injuries.
- Arrange the child care area so that it is possible to see all children from one point.
- At least one adult should be present at all times.
- Plan your daily schedule so you will be able to supervise children at all times – even during meal preparation and cleanup.
For high-risk activities:
- An adult should stand within an arm’s reach of a child doing an activity that could lead to injury. Staying close allows for quick intervention when a challenge becomes an unacceptable risk.
- Children and adults need to have clear rules about what is allowed and have those rules restated often.
Special Advice for Group Care Settings
Caring for children in a group setting is different from caring for your own children in your own home. More children of the same age usually are in a care program. Group care also involves a relatively high level of activity during waking hours and sharing of an environment by children whose usual rules of behavior differ from one another.
- Be vigilant about keeping track of every child.
- Assign specific children to the supervision of a specific caregiver and have that caregiver routinely count and check the activity of those children at preset intervals.
- Post rules near dangerous equipment.
- Post key rules as “dos” rather than “don’ts”. This reminds you to tell the children in a positive way about what they may do.