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Safety Procedures & Standards

In addition to the compliance of safety and operational procedures and standards as outlined in the Alberta Family Day Home Standards Manual, Sarah and Jess have a duty of care with specific regard to keeping the children safe on outings and outdoor adventures.

Both facilitators complete Risk Benefit Assessments for all activities. Parents review and sign the assessments, acknowledging the types of activities their child may participate in, and potential hazards and risks associated with our everyday play.  Risk Benefit Assessments are reviewed annually by educators and as needed. Educators dynamically assess hazards and risks at all times, co-manage risks with the children and mitigate hazards. Our Parent Handbooks outline detailed safety procedures and the role of the educators. Before enrollment, parents review and sign the Parent Handbook and Informed Consent form.

Safety Procedures are an integral part of our daily rhythm and routines. They include but are not limited to:

  • The children wear high visibility safety vests on all our adventures

  • Each child has been equipped with their own 'Adventure Backpacks' that are comfortable, child sized with sternum straps. They carry snacks, water, and additional supplies

  • Each educator carries their own pack with portable emergency records for all children, a cell phone, a well stocked First Aid kit, additional weather appropriate clothing for children, snacks, water, a whistle, and a goose call the children return to, along with any other additional supplies

  • Crossing buddies as we cross the street, with an educator leading the group and an educator following behind the group

  • We discuss our team principles 1. Respect for each other 2. Respect for ourselves 3. Respect for nature, and our expectations before we leave the yard 

  • Building and using common safety language

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