HELPING HANDS

Providing Family Child Care Services - Ventura, CA

Daycare Safety

How I Keep The Children Safe

My top priority here at Helping Hands Childcare is to address the safety of the children. I want parents to be certain that when they go to work, school or attend to personal business, their children are in the best hands possible.

I not only take safety courses required by the California Community Care Licensing Division but I also voluntarily take additional safety courses to take a more proactive approach to child care safety.  

Emergencies

I practice monthly fire, earthquake and emergency drills, more than the bi-annual drills that licensing requires.

I have a written emergency procedure plan which includes missing children, fires, earthquakes, evacuations and shelter-in-place procedures.

I have emergency supplies which includes a 3-day emergency food and water supply for up to 6 children and 4 adults.

I have a complete and fully stocked first-aid kit in the daycare as well as smaller secondary first-aid kits in the emergency supplies, in the daycare diaper bag used for outings and in the daycare vehicle.

Equipment

The equipment is safe and maintained in good working order.

All outside play areas are surrounded in secure fencing or monitored with direct supervision.

Health

I run a well-child daycare, monitor the children's health for symptoms of illness and have a strict illness policy. 
 
To prevent illness from spreading I prevent children from attending based on symptoms for exclusion, not diagnoses.

Children with symptoms which are voluntarily kept home are excluded for 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided and children that are sent home from daycare with symptoms are required to be excluded for 48 hours after symptoms subside.

Medication & Vaccinations

Children on pain/fever reducer are excluded from daycare.  If children have a fever and/or are in so much pain as to require pain/fever reducer then the child should stay home to rest and recover comfortably. 

To prevent accidental overdosing and/or allergic reactions to medication, medication is not administered at daycare unless required due to a serious medical condition and if the dosage schedule requires that the child take it during daycare hours; the medication must be prescribed by a physician. 

Children on new antibiotics are required to be excluded for 24 hours  after a new regime is started. 
 
All enrolled children must be up-to-date on all vaccines.

Children which receive vaccinations are required to be excluded for 48 hours after being vaccinated. 

Sanitation

Our floors are swept daily and sanitized weekly or as needed.

All cleaning supplies are kept locked or out of the reach of children.

Toys are sanitized weekly and any mouthed or soiled toys are immediately removed and sanitized before they are reintroduced.

Children are taught and encouraged to wash their hands before and after meals, diapering, toileting and as needed.

Hand washing, hygiene and sanitation is included in our daily routines and special lessons encouraging children to follow proper hygiene are taught throughout the year.

The diapering area is prepared and sanitized before a child's diaper is changed and is sanitized again immediately afterward. 

Security

The daycare is secured with a key-less entry system so that only authorized people may enter.  Regular clients are given their own security code to gain entrance to the daycare.

The front entrance is also equipped with a heavy security door.

Security sensors are installed at all exit points; the security door, the glass slider leading to the back yard, the door leading into the garage and on the gate in the back yard leading to the driveway. 

Anytime that a door is opened a chime rings in the main play area and I receive an alert on my mobile phone. 

Although the daycare home has a second story, the children only have access to the ground floor.  Safety gates are installed at both the bottom and top of the stairs. 

All electrical outlets have swivel outlet covers so that they cannot be accessed or removed by children.

Our daycare home is equipped with smoke detectors, a carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguishers.

We have a central air heating system installed which means that there is no risk of children touching hot radiators, fireplaces or heaters.

Training & Qualifications

All adults living in the child care home obtain a  criminal background check and tuberculosis clearance.

All adults working directly with the children receive a background check, tuberculosis (TB) clearance, infant/adult/child CPR training, annual influenza vaccines and are up to date on their MMR/DTaP vaccines.

I have 15 units of Child Development/Early Childhood Education college courses & am continuing my education. 

I have more than 180 hours of training in topics relating to child care and child development through workshops and conferences.

I qualify for a California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit.  My goal is to achieve a Child Development Master Teacher Permit.   

Transportation

The daycare uses a 2011 Toyota Sienna to transport the daycare children, which has a 4 star overall safety rating.

Infants and children under 2 years and under 20 pounds use safe and reliable rear facing car seats with harnesses.

Children between 2-3 years who weigh between 20-65 pounds use safe and reliable forward facing car seats with harnesses.

Children between 4-5 years who are under 4'9" use safe and reliable booster seats with a shoulder and lap belt.

Daycare children never ride in the front passenger seat.

Only the licensed child care provider transports the children.

The child care provider has undergone Child Passenger Training through Child Development Resources.

The child care provider has undergone defensive driver training through State Farm Insurance.

The child care provider has a clean driving record.

Vehicle registration and Insurance are always kept current.

Speed requirements are maintained at all times.