I had a great time with my staff at our Annual Summer Safety training/meeting. I believe that quality care is safe care and a few years ago, I have made it a tradition to start my Summer Camp off with a Safety Training.
After the training, I feel that my team is empowered to have a fun and safe Summer.
I share many of my Summer Camp secrets in my Summer Camp Planning guide, however, today I want to share 10 ways to have a fun and Safe Summer with you!
1. Be sure to plan lots of fun and exciting activities and field trips
2. Create a first aid kit for field trips and for the van
3. Invite parents to send sunscreen, sunglasses or sun hats for outdoor time
4. Take the water play outdoors this summer!
5. Be sure that you have at least 2 people on site, who are trained in first-aid & CPR.
6. Do not take children outdoors if the weather is above 90 degrees.
7. Refrain from using wading pools and if you have a filtered pool, be sure that there is a trained life guard on site.
8. Be sure that the ratio on field trips is at least 1-to-5 for preschoolers and 1-to-8 for school age children. (Exceed state ratios on field trips to assure a safe and fun time)
9. Create a van check list for field trips that instructs staff on head count procedures, etc. Always double-check vans, even after you have counted all the children.
10. Take the water pitcher and disposable cups on the playground so that children will have access to drinking water at all times.Have a Safe & Fun Summer!
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The summer time is a great time to take the children on fun field trips. In fact, the summertime is a very busy field trip season for childcare programs and with that in mind; you must be sure that you have field trip policies and safety procedures in place that will assure that child are safe while on field trips.
According to the Department of Geosciences, “In 2012, there was at least two deaths of children due to hyperthermia (heat stroke) after being in hot cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s. In 2011 there were at least 33 juvenile vehicular hyperthermia fatalities.
Since 1998 there have been at least a total of 529 of these needless tragedies. This study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.”
With those statistics in mind, here are five very important van safety Procedures to follow in your Child Care Business:
- Conduct a safety check on the van before allowing the children to enter the van.
- Conduct a face to name head counts before leaving the building
- When the children exit the van (s); check the van for children before locking the doors, then conduct head counts again!
- Require that at least 2 adults are on the van with the children to verify that all the children have entered and departed the van.
- Check the van for kids, before locking the Doors!!!
For more van safety procedures or to find out how to create a fun and safe Summer program, be sure to check out the Summer Camp Planning eGuide!
Also, be sure to check out this Fact Sheet about Hyperthemia Deaths, due to children being left in vans or cars. Click here
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