Child Safety Resources for Early Childhood Educators

Teacher and chilredEveryone has a role to play in child safety and preventing injuries, including child care providers.

Child Injuries in Niagara

In Niagara, the major causes of injury leading to emergency department visits in children under 5 years old are:

  • Falls
  • Poisonings
  • Burns / scalds

Ages and Stages Approach to Child Injuries

Injuries often happen when a child reaches a developmental milestone and acquires a new skill. For example:

  • As babies learn to roll over, they can fall from high surfaces such as change tables and high chairs. By nine months of age, babies' natural tendency to put objects in their mouth increases the risk for poisoning and choking.
  • Toddlers are prone to falls from heights because their climbing ability is not matched by their balancing or reasoning ability. Because of their mobility and curiosity, toddlers are also at risk for burn / scald injuries. Toddlers' natural instinct to put objects in their mouth continues from infancy, putting them at risk for poisoning and choking.
  • As preschoolers continue to develop increased coordination and motor development, they can climb and run faster. Falls continue to cause injuries, particularly at playgrounds. Falls can cause serious injuries, particularly to the head. A concussion is a common form of head and brain injury.

It's important that child care providers understand the basics of child development and how that relates to risk for injury. Prevention strategies can then be identified and put in place to help keep children safe.

Key Resources for Early Childhood Educators

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