Teaching your child about safety

Teaching your child about safety

Educating your child about safety from an early age and ensuring that they stay safe are two of your most important jobs as a parent.

Here are four things to keep in mind when teaching your child about safety:

1. Model safe behaviour yourself.

Children learn best by imitating the adults around them, which is why it’s crucial for you to practice what you preach when it comes to safety.

2. Use simple language.

When explaining safety rules to your child, use simple language that they can understand and avoid jargon or technical terms.

3. Establish specific safety rules.

It’s not enough to merely tell your child to be careful. Rather, it is important to establish specific safety rules that your child can follow in different situations. For instance, you can show them how to cross the road safely or what to do if they’re ever lost in a public place.

4. Make it fun.

Children are more likely to remember safety information if it’s presented in a fun and interesting way. Try using games, songs or stories to engage your child and get your message across.

Child safety tips

Here are seven tips for keeping your child safe:

1. Keep dangerous items out of reach.

Store harmful products like cleaning supplies, medications and sharp objects in safe places that your child can’t get to.

2. Use safety devices.

Install safety devices like smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and window locks in your home. Check these regularly to ensure they’re in good working order. It’s also a good idea to teach your child about these devices and what to do if an alarm goes off.

3. Supervise young children.

Never leave a young child unattended, even for a short period of time. Make sure an adult is present when they’re playing or doing activities that could pose a safety risk.

4. Teach your child about fire safety.

Show your child how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire. Practice a home fire drill so that your little one knows what to do in the event of a real fire.

5. Establish pool safety measures.

If you have a pool, make sure it’s fenced in and has a self-closing, self-latching gate. Never leave your child unsupervised in or near the water.

6. Be cautious with visitors.

Don’t let strangers into your home, and teach your children not to open the door to anyone they don’t know. If you allow someone into your home, make sure they’re supervised, especially when your child is around.

7. Follow car safety measures.

When travelling by car, always use a properly installed child safety seat or booster seat that’s appropriate for your child’s age and size. It is also crucial to ensure that everyone in the car is wearing a seatbelt.

Child safety at Learning Ladder

Making sure your child is safe and well is our priority at Learning Ladder. The Victorian Child Safe Standards and reporting commitments are followed at all our early learning centres, and all educators are required to undergo child protection training before joining the Learning Ladder team. For more information or a copy of our Child Safety and Protection Policy, please get in touch.


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