The classroom at the Day Nursery incorporates many safety measures into its design. During my time there, I have noticed many considerations that the administrators and staff take to ensure that the children and staff can safely navigate around the learning environment. Many of these measures correspond with those outlined in the textbook,.
The first objective mentioned in the book is that the classroom should promote ‘toy and material safety within each learning area’. The toys in the room are cleaned and sanitized regularly and as needed, to reduce the spread of germs and illness. I noted that all the toys available for use had no broken pieces, which might be sharp and dangerous. Instead, when a wooden toy was accidentally broken, the teachers made sure to remove it from the learning center and placed it out of the children’s reach. Finally, the children were taught how to maintain their learning areas and materials. Children are encouraged to put their toys away so the toys do not get broken and so that no one trips and falls on them. In order to facilitate this, the shelves on which the materials are stored are low, open and sturdy. This way, the shelves allow the child to access toys and return them to the shelves after play.
Another important safety objective in classrooms is to plan and implement necessary emergency procedures. The nursery has established fire drill procedures, and it allows the fire department to come and inspect the soundness of its fire safety procedures. Each classroom has two emergency pathways which are to be followed in the event of a fire, and diagrams of these are posted in each room. Children and staff are familiar with these procedures, as fire drills are held regularly. Children are taught to proceed along the emergency pathways and to assemble in designated areas, and teachers carry attendance sheets with them to constantly make sure that each child is present.
Finally, the last safety objective highlighted in the...