Hi, Carlos. Hey, Isabel. How have you been? I just got back. Got back from where? I just got back from a workshop about health
and safety. No one else wanted to go, so I volunteered. I got a morning out of the classroom,
a free lunch and a lot of really good information. Yeah, you know what; I sure understand avoiding
a workshop on healthy and safety. It can be so boring going over all those policies and
regulations. What was this one about? It really opened my eyes. I didn’t know how
important it really was. I am always promoting healthy habits with children, with the adult
community, families, teachers, and staff. I never thought about how to negotiate health
practices that reflect family beliefs and my own, then to balance it with all the requirements.
After the workshop today, I realized how much I already know about health because of this
job. You know, come to think of it, I learned a
lot about good nutrition working with toddlers. It’s changed the way I eat at home. I know
more than any of my friends about preventing the spread of illness, and I am a master at
morning well-child checks. All of my friends ask me about their rashes, fevers and symptoms,
and to help them with their earthquake kits. It’s really important. We went over evacuation
kits and talked about emergency preparedness. I learned about new bleach mixing regulations.
Did you know that the strength of bottled bleach is not always the same from brand to
brand? We do so many things to maintain health in the classroom. Promoting self-care is just
one. Toileting. Diapering. Tooth brushing. And of course hand-washing. Dressing. Shoes
on or off. Choosing foods with families that meet nutritional guidelines. Managing coughs.
Runny noses and washing up. We create policies and practices for medications. Practice safety
drills. Plan for evacuation. Practice safe food handling. How to sanitize and disinfect
toys and surfaces. We follow guidelines for child abuse reporting, offer resources, and
manage contagious illnesses. We promote play and exercise as a part of health, too. That’s a long list. It’s good that these things
become a daily routine. I like to have children participate, like making snacks, stacking
dishes, scraping bowls for the compose bin, watering the garden, and doing recycling.
Children like being a part of daily health routines and so do the parents. The hand washing
at entry is a good transition into the classroom. Kind of like a sweet way to say goodbye. My
families tell me how odd it feels not to be asked to do it in kindergarten, so some of
them have started hand washing routines there, too. I have a strong interest in getting children
and families outdoors interacting with the natural world. Good. It is part of a healthy lifestyle, too. It’s
my latest passion. Are you still doing the worm composting bin in your program? I guess I’m known for my worms. I don’t know.
Huh-ha-ha. My favorite thing lately is growing salads with kids like Michelle Obama does.
You know I would like to talk more about these questions related to this Health, Safety and
Nutrition competency area. How do you negotiate health and safety regulations that may conflict
with the program values? How do you negotiate different values and practices among the program
staff? How do you negotiate different values and practices among families? In what ways
can children participate in choices and decisions about their own health, safety and nutrition? Come explore this competency area starting
with the main video, The Three R’s, and join others in considering these and other questions
in the competency area of Health, Safety and Nutrition.