Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide – Head Start


Children grow rapidly in their first five years of life, constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge. When caregivers know what children are able to do, as well what injuries may occur at each stage of development, they can set up safe environments and supervise children to protect them from injury.1

This developmental tool provides safety tips for early childhood staff working with young children in classroom environments. You will find a description of each stage of development and a list of daily routines for children within four age groups: infants, mobile infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Some safety tips, such as active supervision, apply to all children. Others address the developmental needs of children in a specific age group.

Be sure to review the safety tips for each age group if there are children in your classroom at more than one developmental level, such as infants and mobile infants or mobile infants and toddlers.

Source: Head Start National Center on Health and Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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