Salt Lake City, Utah – From the time parents bring their children home from the hospital, they do everything in their power to keep their children safe from harm. When sending their children off to a Salt Lake City child development center, parents should feel comfortable knowing their safety while there is a top priority.
School is one of the safest places children can be, but it is still important for parents to work together with the school and its administrators and teachers to ensure their children are as safe as possible.
“The most important thing parents can do is ensure their child is in a day care, school or other child care facility where he or she feels comfortable,” says Amy Moyes, owner of Learning Tree Schools. “At our three Salt Lake City preschool locations, we take the safety of our children seriously. We strive to make sure each child is comfortable in his setting, and knows that he can trust his teachers and his peers. Working together with parents, we create an environment of trust that begins from the very first day the student comes in the door, which in some cases is in infancy.”
When parents are looking for the right day care or school for their children, one of the things they should look at is the design of the school. Is it designed so that a child’s safety is a top concern? Is the office centrally located and easily recognizable? Are all hallways well-lit, with clear signs indicating exits? Parents should also be sure all exits are properly sealed so that strangers cannot enter without permission. A school should be set up so that any visitors to the property must first check in at the main office to eliminate strangers from being able to roam the grounds.
Schools and parents should work with children at a young age to teach mediation skills. Children, even young ones, can be taught to solve problems using words rather than fighting. If this skill is taught to children while they are toddlers and in preschool, this will help them be able to effectively continue to use these skills as they grow. That means as children become teenagers, they will be able to rely on mediation skills rather than physical fighting to solve problems.
Schools teach other prevention methods, such as working and playing in groups, and knowing the proper protocol to alert teachers and authorities to safety concerns, such as a stranger on campus.
One of the most important ways parents can keep their children safe at school is to keep an open line of communication with them. Parents should talk to their children about their day at their school or child care facility. If they have felt unsafe due to bullying or an unsafe environment, they may not choose to talk right away, but if parents continue to ask easy questions the children will be comfortable answering. It may be easier for children to talk about things they have witnessed, rather than experienced themselves. Ask them about their friends and about situations they may have seen or heard about.
Parents should seek out school environments that promote positive relationships between staff and children, involve families in meaningful ways, give children a safe environment to express feelings, treat all children with respect, and who work quickly to identify and solve problems. By working together with school administrators, parents can ensure their children are kept safe throughout the day, even while out of their care.
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