Children learn best when they are in safe, well-supervised environments. Head Start staff can reduce the possibility of a child getting hurt when they closely observe children and respond when needed. When programs think systematically about child supervision they create safe, positive learning environments for all children.
All Head Start educators are responsible for making sure that no child is left unsupervised. Active supervision is a strategy that works. It can be used in classrooms, family child care, playgrounds, and buses. It can also be shared with families as a tool to use at home. This fact sheet explains what active supervision is and how to use it in your program.
Plants are important to our health and well-being, and they can help children understand and respect the natural world. However, some plants and seeds can be harmful when eaten or touched. According to Caring for Our Children Standard 188.8.131.52: Prohibition of Poisonous Plants, poisonous or potentially harmful plants are not allowed in any part of a child care facility. If Head Start management or staff are unsure whether a plant is toxic, they can work with the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) to identify it and determine whether it is safe. Review the list of common household plants to learn which are poisonous. Staff also can share the list with families so they can protect their children and pets from toxic plants at home.
It's important to understand that injuries are not accidents. Most injuries are predictable and can be avoided. This Health Chat is intended to introduce Head Start and Early Head Start staff to safety and injury prevention strategies and resources. Presenters focus on how to make your program an agent for change using the first four actions in "10 Actions to Create a Culture of Safety" as a guide.
Early childhood programs keep children safe when their facilities, materials, and equipment are hazard-free and all staff use safety practices such as active supervision. Find resources to help staff and families reduce the number and severity of childhood injuries everywhere that children learn and grow. Discover tips for use at home, in cars and buses, on the playground, and in all early childhood settings.
Explore the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) in-service suites through the lens of active supervision! Join Jamie Sheehan from the Office of Head Start and Kristin Ainslee, host of NCQTL's Teacher Time, for a 45-minute webinar. It also includes a question and answer session.
Share this webinar with managers to help them become better systems thinkers, deepen their understanding of how systems support safety, and use the Active Supervision Toolkit to support agency wide safety practices.
What Is Injury Prevention? A Resource Guide from the Head Start National Center on Health
EHS TA Paper No.14: Supporting Outdoor Play and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers
Learn the names of your plants and label them. Below is a list of some of the more common indoor and outdoor plants that you may have in your home. This list is not a complete list. If you have a plant around your home that is not on the list, you may call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 to find out how poisonous it may be.