By Sabrina Clay
The life of a preschooler is filled with arts, crafts, indoor and outdoor play, making new friend and yes, band-aids and ouch reports, yet when parents decide to send their children to preschool for the first time, one of the most important considerations is that that their children are safe from harm.
So, when a phone call is received, an ‘ouch’ report presented, or a parent notices an unfamiliar bruise or scratch—it is not unusual for him/her to feel a sense of worry.
When this happens, parents should remember—they are not alone!
It’s common for children to get ouches, bumps and/or scratches in preschool without warning. When a child is hurt however, explaining this to parents must be done with sensitivity. There is no easy way to tell a father or mother his/her their little one was hurt, but parents can be more easily comforted by providing complete and accurate information.
Preschool teachers should investigate before they meet with parent(s) about the incident to assure the information they share about how the injury occurred is accurate.
Next, the teacher/school should be proactive and relay the information to the parent(s) right away—don’t wait for them to ask. Also, the school should assure parents their child was cared for when the injury occurred, that safety is regarded as high priority, and that the school will follow-up as an extra precaution.
These measures are not perfect, but helpful. Childcare providers cannot always prevent accidents, but keeping parents informed when incidents occur is essential to ensuring they continue to trust preschools with their treasure—their children.
Sabrina Clayvon has a gift for teaching that has been developed through her extensive educational background, including two undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education with a master’s degree in Education and Organizational Leadership. Working with children and their families gives her the opportunity to learn with and from them. It is powerful when educators can impart into the lives of others. However, the reward is knowing you planted something great and one day that child will become a tower of possibilities.
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