Learn to Minimize Safety Hazards in Outdoor Child Care Settings

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online child care and education training institution, offers new users the trial course CCEI110B: Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in June in recognition of Great Outdoors Month.

Outdoor play is essential for good health and should be a major part of any effective, high-quality early childhood program. Children need a chance to run, climb, and explore in the outside every day. CCEI110B promotes safe, secure outdoor learning through a comprehensive presentation of potential hazards on playgrounds and in other outdoor settings. Participants will learn basic policies and practices designed to prevent injury and exposure to pollutants or toxins, along with strategies for teaching children about safe conduct in the outdoor environment. This is a one-hour, beginner level, self-paced online course and certificates with documentation of 0.1 IACET CEU credit are available upon successful completion.

“Outdoor safety is always a concern for teachers and parents, as well as regulators,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “While children must be encouraged to play and explore outdoors, adults are responsible for ensuring that the environment is free of unnecessary hazards and that children are guided in appropriate outdoor behaviors.”

CCEI110B is available at no cost to new users who have never enrolled in a CCEI course and to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. This course is also available for purchase through online enrollment.