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for Playground Inspection and Playground
Safety. Visit a local child care center and
complete the checklists.
28. Identify. Explain sun safety precautions for an
early childhood center.
29. Speaking. Interview the local fire chief
concerning the proper use of fire extinguishers.
30. Research. Research pica, an eating disorder
associated with eating nonfood items, on the
Internet. How might preschool children be
affected by pica? What is the possibility that
children in your program will exhibit pica?
31. Writing. Write a brief essay explaining how you
will keep children safe under your supervision
and care. Explain your understanding of
the various factors that are part of this
responsibility. These may include: building,
room, and equipment safety; proper supervision
and management of children; reporting
suspected abuse situations; and fire safety.
32. Research. Research information on the effects
of emotional abuse on children. Find out
about the following types of abuse: belittling,
corrupting, isolating, rejecting, and terrorizing.
Why is the loss of self-esteem from emotional
abuse so devastating to young children?
33. Research. Many children who are sexually
abused do not know how to describe their
abuse due to lack of understanding or
vocabulary. In small groups, research cases
of child sexual abuse and take notes about
key words children used to describe their
experiences. Also research recommendations
for how to handle suspected cases of child
sexual abuse. Afterward, write a group report
summarizing your findings and analyzing how
they apply to child care.
34. Technology. As mandated reporters, teachers
should understand the steps for reporting a
suspected case of child abuse. Search online or
contact an antiabuse organization to determine
the appropriate steps for reporting child abuse
Core Skills
in your state or region. Take notes about what
you learn and then write a blog post or create
a website outlining the information. View
other classmates’ posts or websites and offer
35. Listening. Interview a local early learning
center director about the types of liability his or
her center must consider. What are the most
common liability issues the center faces? How
does the center educate its teachers in handling
this liability? What would happen if an accident
occurred and the center was held liable for
the result? After the interview, summarize your
findings in a short report.
36. CTE Career Readiness Practice. Suppose
you work in child care center. One day, you
notice one of your coworkers becoming
frustrated with a fussy infant. Fearing that your
coworker may shake the infant, you offer to hold
the infant for a while. You finish the day without
saying anything about the incident to anyone,
but start to wonder if you should mention it to
your supervisor. You ask yourself, “Did I act
responsibly by not talking to my boss about my
coworker’s behavior? Could I be legally liable if
abuse occurred and I didn’t report it?” In small
groups, discuss this scenario. What is
the responsible thing to do in this situation?
Role-play a conversation in which you respond
to the dilemma in an appropriate way.
Portfolio Project
37. Many states require a specific number
of in-service continuing education
credits be earned each year by child
care professionals. A fire extinguisher
demonstration would qualify for an in-service
training activity. Ask a representative of an
extinguisher company or your school’s head
custodian to give a demonstration. Following
the demonstration, ask your teacher to sign
a certificate documenting your attendance.
The certificate can be filed in your portfolio
as verification of attending a professional
educational activity.
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