Because it’s vital to teach your child now so they can stay safe and feel confident when you’re away! 

As your child grows and begins preschool or an early education program, it’s important that they feel confident and can stay safe in the different environments they encounter. In part one, we addressed stranger safety and gun safety, but there are many other things that you can talk with your child about to keep them safe. 

In DC, the Community Education Research Group has three early childhood education facilities — Antioch, Good Hope Road, and Minnesota Ave. — that support our kids through preschool learning and before and after school daycare. Learn more about how to teach your child about safety in today’s post. 

More Tips To Keep Your Toddler Safe

While you can control your home environment, as your child develops they become curious in the world around them which is why it’s crucial to teach them about safety sooner rather than later. And, as they are exposed to daycare or preschool, it’s important to foster confidence and arm them with the right information so they can stay safe when you’re not around. Let’s explore more ways to keep your child safe!

Dogs

This one area of safety that maybe isn’t addressed as often, but it’s a crucial one. Kids love animals, and, for the most part, animals love kids! But, there are situations where dogs will bite and attack kids (anyone in general, really), so teaching them dog safety is a great tool. 

Teach your child how to approach a dog in the following ways:

  • Always ask the adult you’re with if you can pet the dog
  • Always ask the owner of the dog if you can pet them 
  • Never approach a dog when they’re eating or sleeping
  • Reach out to the dog and let them sniff your hand 

The thing with animals is they are unpredictable, so it’s important for your kids to know how to behave and interact with animals when you’re not around. 

Crossing Streets

DC is a bustling city, and although your preschoolers will likely never have to cross a street by themselves, it’s important that they know how. 

The best way to teach street safety is to do it! Practice taking the crosswalks together and walk through what you’re doing. For, example, walk when the sign is white and do not walk when the light is an orange hand. Talk about looking both ways to make sure there are no cars coming there way.   

Always reiterate safety with your preschooler!

Talking about safety isn’t just a one-time conversation, in fact, it should happen daily — the more you can casually talk to your preschooler about safety situations, the more confident they’ll feel in addition to having the real skills to stay safe! 

At the Community Education Research Group, safety is largely practiced, taught, and encouraged in combination with the DC Common Core Early Learning Standards and Creative Curriculum that we already teach! 

For more information about our affordable daycare in DC and early education programs, connect with us today!