The Coronavirus has taken over the news recently, and many are concerned about the spread of the illness. As early learning professionals, we all know how important it is to keep yourself and the children in your care as safe and healthy as possible. In this article, we share tips for communicating with parents, keeping your classroom clean, and additional resources and information that you might find useful.
Flu season can begin as early as October and last through early May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone be vaccinated on an annual basis. A reminder from Californians for Quality Early Learning (CQEL) recommends educating children, families, and employees about the flu, including measures to prevent the spread of the virus and contain the virus.
California Department of Social Services recently shared the Summer 2019 Child Care Quarterly Update, which is now available to view on their website. The document highlights important changes including water safety guidelines, window covering safety updates, management information, and ways to prepare your program for Fire Season.
Working with early learners can be a messy job; teachers are in an endless cycle of scrubbing and sanitizing. Cleaning is a vital part of managing a safe and healthy learning environment. To stay healthy, we want our spaces to be not only properly cleaned and sanitized, but safe and also free of hazardous chemicals.
Effective January 1, 2019, AB 2370 requires all child care providers, upon enrolling or re-enrolling any child, to provide the parent or guardian with written information including the following: risks and effects of lead exposure, blood lead testing recommendations and requirements, and options for obtaining blood lead testing, including any programs that offer free or discounted tests.
According to the Zero to Three, infants need to spend time playing on their tummies to develop strong muscles that will be used for sitting up, moving, and crawling. “By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back and trunk (torso) that helps them learn to crawl.”
Nap time is an essential component of the pre-k curriculum, according to a research study funded by the National Science Foundation. Cognitive researchers found that variations in children’s nap patterns are related to the rapid growth of the hippocampus, a region of the brain that helps regulate emotions, learning and memory.
According to the Asthma and Allergies Foundation of America (AAFA), “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting children. Surveys indicate that nearly five million American children under age 18 have experienced asthma symptoms. Many of those children begin developing asthma in very early childhood, before they turn five years of age.” In order to ensure that the children in your care are safe, it is important to be informed about asthma and know the warning signs to look for and how to keep your classroom or center clean and free of irritants.
In October, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued updated flu vaccine recommendations for 2018-2019. These updates are important to share with staff, parents, and families to keep you and the children in your care safe and healthy.