Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance. As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your child from dangerous situations. However, there may be times when you can’t give them the protection they need. In these situations, it’s vital that you prepare your child so that they know how to react.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we do everything that we can to protect your child while they are in our care. All of our staff is trained in the latest techniques of first-aid, and we have a thorough screening process to ensure that we hire the very best people. If you have any questions about our safety and security policies, check them out on our website, or give us a call to learn more. In the meantime, continue reading below to see what four child safety tips you should make sure your child knows.

Tip #1: Learn Your Contact Information

In today’s society, most people rely on their cell phones to store all of the names, phone numbers, and addresses they need. However, most children don’t carry cell phones with them, therefore it’s important that you make sure they have your name, home address and phone number memorized. In fact, this important information should be one of the first things your child learns, as you never know when it may come in handy. As much as you hope your child will never need to relay their home address and phone number in an emergency situation, it’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure that they are prepared.

Tip #2: Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Strangers

As children, “stranger danger” becomes one of the most important lessons that we learn, but you will also want to help your child know the difference between bad and good strangers. Everyone is technically a stranger until you meet them, but you wouldn’t want your child to grow up being afraid to meet new people, especially if you know they are harmless.

Instead, make sure your little one understands that bad strangers are people who may want to hurt them, or may try to lure your child away or into a vehicle. Good strangers, on the other hand, include friendly neighbors, their friends’ parents, or people they meet while they are with mommy and daddy.

Tip #3: Pay Attention to Your Allergies

When you think of safety tips that your child should know, it’s common to think about strangers and contact information, but allergy information can be just as important as the previous two tips. If your child has severe allergies to things like peanuts, animals, or medicines, then it’s important that they know what they are allergic to, and how to care for it. Additionally, if your child is allergic to something edible, then it’s a good idea to have them get into the habit of asking what is in a particular food item before they put it in their mouth. You will also want to teach them about the importance of an EpiPen®, should they need to carry one.

Tip #4: No One Is Allowed to Touch Your Body

One of the most important safety lessons your child should learn is that nobody is allowed to touch their body. Many children don’t understand that touching another child’s body is wrong — they are simply curious. However, curiosity can lead to other things that the other child, or your child, may not like. Teach them early on that it is not okay to let anyone else touch their body, even if it’s an adult. You should encourage your little one to come to you if someone does touch their body, even if they are embarrassed.

Learn More at Valley Child Care & Learning Centers

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, child safety is our number one priority. We strive to care for your child as we would our own, and that includes their safety and security while they are in our early learning facility. If you have any questions about our policies, or you would like to learn more about our curriculum, contact one of our 10 locations in Phoenix to get started.

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