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Protect Your Child Care Business With An Activity Disclaimer

Many childcare programs provide a variety of open-ended art projects for the children in care. In fact, many of the activities are very colorful and consists of using materials that could potentially be placed in a child’s mouth once they take it home such as: scraps of paper, glue, stickers, paint, yarn, pom poms,etc.

I know what you may be thinking, “Isn’t the parent  responsible for their child at home?” Exactly, the parent is responsible for the supervision of his or her child at home.

However, what if you send home some art work or a sensory activity that the child decides to ingest and the parents says that you are responsible? How would you handle that situation?

My goal is to get you to think about reducing your liability and think about the art work that is being sent home with the children.

Questions to ask yourself before sending art work home: Is there anything that I’m sending home that could potentially be a choking hazard? Are any of the materials toxic? Should there be a safety note attached to the Sensory Bottle that Reads:( Please do not allow your child to drink this).

A recent experience at my Child Care Center inspired me to send home a disclaimer that informs parents that we are not responsible if a child ingests art materials while in your care.  For disclaimer ideas, I recommend that you seek some legal advice, be sure that your disclaimer supports licensing regulations or even contact your insurance agent. Be sure to add the new disclaimer to your parent handbook.

I look forward to reading your thoughts about this post. Please leave your comments below.

With Safety in Mind,

Shiketa

 

Activity Ideas For an Earth Friendly Child Care Program

On Friday April 13, 2012, my staff and I were preparing the upcoming theme of “Earth Day” at my childcare facility. Our objective for the theme is to teach the children how to become earth friendly. I thought I would share some of those ideas with you and the activities are as follows:

Circle Time

During circle time pose an earth friendly question of the day such as; Why do we need trees? Be ready for creative responses and ideas!

Sensory Table

Add water, boats, fish and people to water. This is a great way to promote outdoor water activities such as: fishing and pedaling boats. Idea: Ask the kids if it is better for the earth to use a boat with gas or a boat with pedals?

Science

Add a picture of a windmill and discuss how the windmill creates energy! To save energy, consider opening the blinds and having the children to work with only light that comes in from the outside. We do this every year on earth day and the kids love it!!

Art

Create an globe by encouraging the kids to mix blue and green play dough together!

Walls

Post  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle signs. May be a good idea to add a recycling bin in the classroom.

Outdoors

Take the older children outdoors for a walk to clean up trash around your home or childcare center.

Language

Create an Earth Friendly word wall that consist of the following words: Water, Energy, Soil, Trees, etc.

Dramatic Play

You will need some large paper bags. Cut holes in the side of the bags for the kids arm to fit through the openings and on the front of the bag write: I am an Earth Friendly Kid (with Green Paint).

I would love to read your feedback about today’s blog post. Be sure to leave your comments. For more Earth Friendly Kids ideas, check out this Lesson plan idea, click here.

With Creating an Earth Friendly Child Care Business in Mind,

Shiketa

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