October 2019 Newsletter – Maintain a Safe and Healthy Environment: Standards Related to Interactions with Children

Updates to Standard 2.1.2.1: Personal Caregiver/Teacher Relationships for Infants and Toddlers include:

Child–caregiver relationships based on high-quality care are central to brain development, emotional regulation, and overall learning. The facility should encourage practices of continuity of care that give infants and toddlers the added benefit of the same caregiver for the first three years of life of the child or during the time of enrollment. The facility should limit the number of caregivers/teachers who interact with any one infant or toddler.

And:

The facility’s touch policy should be direct in addressing that children may be touched when it is appropriate for, respectful to, and safe for the child. Caregivers/teachers should respect the wishes of children, regardless of their age, for physical contact and their comfort or discomfort with it. Caregivers/teachers should avoid even “friendly” contact (e.g., touching the shoulder or arm) with a child if the child expresses that he or she is uncomfortable.

The updated version of Caring for Our Children also provides specific guidance on methods of supervising children:

  • Set Up the Environment – Caregivers/teachers set up the environment so that they can supervise children and be accessible at all times.
  • Position Staff – Caregivers/teachers carefully plan where they will position themselves in the environment to prevent children from harm. 
  • Scan and Count – Caregivers/teachers are always able to account for the children in their care
  • Listen – Specific sounds or the absence of them may signify reason for concern.
  • Anticipate Children’s Behavior – Caregivers/teachers use what they know about each child’s individual interests and skills to predict what he/she will do. 
  • Engage and Redirect – Caregivers/teachers use what they know about each child’s individual needs and development to offer support. 

You can read even more information about methods for supervising children here: https://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/2.2.0.1

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