Archive for the ‘Childcare’ Category

Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios

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Maintaining staff-to-child ratios is a very important part of a high-quality childcare environment. In fact, the number of children allowed per staff member is regulated. While these ratios vary across states, infant ratios are usually four to five babies per teacher.That number typically increases as the children get older and more independent. Most centers will have at least two teachers per classroom. …continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios

Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table

November 29th, 2016 changing-table

Recently, a scary video has been making the rounds on the internet. A mother places her child on a changing table in their home. She turns away for a brief second and the child rolls off the table. Thankfully, the child’s brother runs over and …continue reading the rest of Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table

Planning Safe Field Trips

September 30th, 2016 field-trip

As a childcare provider, field trips were both my worst nightmare and one of my favorite activities. The stress and anxiety of planning and keeping track of twelve two-year-olds in an unfamiliar place was daunting; however, seeing how much fun and how exciting it was for the kids made it all worth it in the end. …continue reading the rest of Planning Safe Field Trips

Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center

August 26th, 2016 kid holding hands

Earlier this year, a toddler from a small childcare center in Vermont wandered away from his group during outdoor play. When the child’s parents arrived to pick him up, his teachers realized he had been missing for hours. After a frantic search, he was found in a stream on the property. …continue reading the rest of Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center

Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days

July 26th, 2016 storm

We spend all winter looking forward to long, sunny days. Then finally summer arrives, bringing some beautiful weather. But summer also can bring dangerous storms with flooding, tornadoes, and lightning. Last Thursday in Duluth, Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm rolled through in the early morning hours. Winds were clocked at over 80 mph in some parts of the region. …continue reading the rest of Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days

Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

June 28th, 2016 kid pointing 1

Every year, as the weather gets warmer, tragedies involving children and hot vehicles appear in the news. These stories are always so devastating. The fear felt by the child and the extreme guilt by the parent or caregiver is heartbreaking. …continue reading the rest of Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

Choosing the Right Childcare: Understanding State Licensing Reports

April 22nd, 2016 cute kid

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Sadly, I continue to hear stories about childcare providers abusing or neglecting children all the time. Parents searching for childcare shouldn’t have to worry about their children being hurt. I worked for many years in the childcare industry and have helped my friends investigate childcare centers they were considering for their children. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, all state inspection and licensing reports are available online. …continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Understanding State Licensing Reports

Bounce Houses: Growing in Popularity and Serious Injuries

March 23rd, 2016 bounce house

Take a kid to a party with a bounce house and chances are you won’t see them for long. Most kids are thrilled to jump and flip in these inflatables for hours. Bounce houses and other inflatables seem to be at every church picnic and child birthday party, providing endless entertainment for kids and even adults. However, injuries are on the rise and some of these injuries can be life threatening. …continue reading the rest of Bounce Houses: Growing in Popularity and Serious Injuries

Dangerously Cluttered Spaces

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West Bend’s loss prevention representatives spend a lot of time in the field working with non-profit, youth-focused, and community-based customers. Like most homes and businesses, our customers own a lot of stuff. From extra toys to fitness equipment, it’s hard to find space for everything. Most people might think, “So what? It’s just some clutter…it’s not a big deal.”

But sometimes it is a big deal. …continue reading the rest of Dangerously Cluttered Spaces

Introducing Kayla Olson, Our New Childcare Editor

November 11th, 2015 Kayla Olson with West Bend

I am very excited to introduce Kayla Olson, CultureOfSafety.com’s newest contributor. Kayla will serve as the site’s Childcare Editor. Her extensive background working in the childcare industry for more than a decade provides West Bend and CultureOfSafety.com with a powerful and informed voice.

Kayla’s primary role with West Bend will involve finding common ground between the realities of working with children and West Bend’s desire to help youth-focused organizations manage risks.

What follows below is a brief interview I had …continue reading the rest of Introducing Kayla Olson, Our New Childcare Editor