As teachers or childcare workers, creating a healthy environment should be our t
As teachers or childcare workers, creating a healthy environment should be our top priority. For this assignment, address ways to create a plan that addresses the guidelines pertaining to health, safety, and nutrition in the school, classroom, or childcare setting. For this benchmark, imagine you are the director of a new birth through Pre-K childcare center. You have been asked to submit a 7-10 page Childcare Setting Health, Safety, and Nutrition Plan including table of contents and references for state approval. Use the information and assignments gathered throughout this course to inform this assignment. Choose an age range: Birth-8 months, 9-12 months, 13-24 months, or 25-36 months in which to identify the expected readiness for learning based on the selected age range and developmental stage. Include the following sections in your plan: Table of Contents Health Policies on the following: Illness Screenings Immunization information Allergies Medication Safety Policies on the following: Safe use of Technology Class size and ratios Emergency Response Training Fire Safety Active Supervision Operational Protocol Daily schedule, which includes pick-up and drop off processes, monitoring attendance, a broad overview of daily activities Staff qualifications, background checks, and mandatory reporting requirements (abuse/neglect) Environment Communication and collaboration: Include three communication methods and collaboration opportunities for families to participate at the child care center. Nutrition A week-long sample schedule of meals/snacks for the age range selected. Specific details, guidelines, and policies regarding the nutritional needs of young children. Feeding tips and meal prep/planning procedures. Instructional Planning Address how and when instructional planning is conducted. A sample lesson plan on the topic of your choice as an example of instruction you would provide to the children in the age range selected. This could be your revised lesson plan from Topic 4. The lesson plan must address young children’s characteristics and needs, including strengths, interests, and needs that enable each student to advance and accelerate his or her learning. Specify how readiness for learning will be determined and assessed while taking into account developmental milestones and the multiple influences (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and/or physical) on early development and learning. Support your plan with 3-5 scholarly resources. While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

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