6 ways to promote classroom safety

1. Child Safety means keep dangerous supplies out of reach

Scissors, bulletin board tacks, glue – all things that shouldn't be easily accessible for preschool-aged kids. Make sure to keep any sharp objects, choking hazards, poisonous materials and other potentially hazardous supplies on a high shelf or lock away in a cupboard.

The last thing you want is a student standing on their tippy-shoes to reach a bin of sharp items on a just-out-of-reach ledge. When supplies like these are out and available during craft time, it's important to talk with your students about how to properly use these tools.


2. Design the room properly 

Classroom arrangement plays a large part in the classroom safety, Are classrooms open and uncluttered, with nothing to inhibit safe traffic flow? 

Large pieces of furniture and sharp corners increase the chances of bumps and bruises. The classroom should be set up in a way where children can move about easily without obstacles.


3. Keep the classroom clean: 

If you put a bunch of children in a classroom together there are bound to be germs and common childhood illness shared but with proper standards of cleanliness followed, these too can be kept to a minimum. Children touched everything. Toys, classroom furniture, and any other classroom facilities should be cleaned and disinfected regularly. This can significantly reduce the spread of germs. Children can play an active part in classroom cleanliness by washing their hands frequently. They can also alert the teacher or aides to any spills that may happen, so they may be cleaned up promptly. This can help avoid slips and falls.


4. Practice emergency plans 

Emergency plans don't do much good if your preschoolers don't know the drill. Walk kids through the experience before your school's first fire drill to prevent any crying or frightened sobs. Roleplay the whole event, from alarm to the moment when it's safe to come back inside. Then what that first fire drill rings, your students won't be alarmed.



5. Classroom Supervision 

Children are easily distracted and something outside the classroom may attract their attention.

Rules about not leaving the classroom without permission should be in place and strictly enforced. Children should only leave the classroom in the company of the teacher, a staff member, or a parent.


6. Keep communication flowing 

Keep an open line of communication between yourself and your students' parents, as well as between yourself and your students. Your classroom is a community. Open communication will help you all work together to keep students safe.

Additionally an open line of communication between yourself and your students. Your classroom policies and other emergency information.


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