Observation 3

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Observation 3

  1. 1. McCarthy Center (Infant Toddler Program) Silvia Rios Professor Donna Greene Fall 2011 ECE 001 9/19/11
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>On September 16, 2011 I visited the McCarthy Center in the College of the Desert campus. I observed the Infant Toddler Program classroom called Crickets. I visited this institution in order to observe what areas in the classroom need to be improve in regards to health and safety practices. For this observation I used the safety checklist from Appendix B. The following areas that I'm going to present are the ones that weren't check or found in the classroom. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pathways between play areas are kept clear of toys and equipment to prevent tripping & Emergency exits are clearly marked and free of clutter. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>When I enter the classroom one of the first things I notice was that there was sand on the ground. There was a sensory table area next to the door that contain sand and some had fallen off to the floor. If an emergency were to occur at that moment, children and adults that were to rush to the door could have tripped on it. I feel that after the child that was playing there earlier left the area, the sand should have been removed from the floor. After all,  as mention in the text &quot;More vigilance and care must be taken with infants and toddlers who are particular vulnerable.&quot; (Pg.214) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sensory Table next to Emergeny Exit
  5. 5. Emergency procedures include a plan for children with special needs.   <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>I analyze the Emergency plan in the classroom and there was not a plan for children with special needs included. The educators in this classroom should create a new plan with includes an emergency procedure for children with special needs so that in case of emergency the staff and children are aware of what to do. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Low windows, doors and mirrors have safety glass or Plexiglas. <ul><li>The classroom had a small glass aquarium. The glass was not plexiglas. The teachers should replace the glass with plastic or plexiglas in order to ensure the children are free of harm. </li></ul>
  7. 7.   Glass doors and floor-level windows have stickers to ensure that people do not walk into them. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The small glass windows that face to the playgound don't have stickers or any markings that would prevent children from bumping into them. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. A well stocked first aid kit is available in the outdoor area. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even though there is a first aid kit inside the classroom there was not one outside the classroom. There should be one inside but also outside in case of an emergency were the first aid kit is needed urgently and there is no time to rush in the classroom for the one inside. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. There are no dangling appliance cords. <ul><li>Next to the aquarium there were a couple of electrical cords dangling down. The educator should hold them up/against the wall, but most of all they should not be next to the aquarium. They should be away of reach of children so they won't electrocute themselves playing with them. </li></ul>
  10. 10.   Conclusion <ul><li>Ultimately, these areas should be improve to provide a safe environmet for the children to learn in. According to the text, &quot;When children know that they are safe and valued in their early childood program, they can direct their energy to exploring and learnung in the setting you have desighned.&quot; (Pg.241) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Work Cited <ul><ul><li>Feeney, S. Moravcik, E. Nolte, S. Christensen, D. (2009). Who am I in the lives of children? ( 8th ed.). New York: Pearson Custom Publishing. </li></ul></ul>

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