Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back to School Safety Tips Part #1

It's time to start making plans for the new school year. If you're like me, I try to get an early jump on the many things parents have to do to make the start of the new year successful.

We are going to spend the next few weeks talking about "Back To School", and trying to get this year off to a great start.

Before and After School Child Care

  1. Kids need supervision. Depending on your family work situation, a responsible adult should be available to get them ready and off to school in the morning and watch over them after school until you return home from work

  2. Kids approaching adolescence, 11-12 year olds, should not come home to a empty house in the afternoon unless they show unusual maturity for their age, and you the parent have spent many hours quizzing them about how to handle "possible problems" that may occur and have set very clear rules on what they can and can't do until you arrive home

  3. If adult supervision isn't available, parents should make special efforts to supervise their kids from a distance. Children should be given a set time to arrive home, and should call a designated adult to check in when they arrive.

  4. The designated adult should make a note if the child arrives home outside the agreed to time (ie 3:00 to 3:20) and let the parent know that evening, so the parent can follow-up, and ask why

  5. When the designated adult receives the child's call, they should also remind the child of the house rules set by the parents. Such as the doors being locked, oven usage, etc

  6. If you choose a commercial after school program, ask about the staff training, child pick up policy, staff to child ratio, check if the playground is safe and ask for references.

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