PCC Safety Management Researc

EDU-153: Assignment 3 – Safety Management

Scenario:

While you are observing outdoors, you note that several children are gathered around a small merry-go-round located in a far corner of the large playground. Two children are grabbing the handrails between the seats and spinning the merry-go-round while it is turning. Several other children are trying to stop the device in order to jump onto the platform. There are no teachers present in the area.

After monitoring the children’s play for several days, you meet with the other teachers and discuss the need to supervise the merry-go-round and to establish rules for the safe use of this equipment. The teachers all agree and begin to monitor the merry-go-round more closely. However, there is one child, a 4-year-old, who continues to jump off and on to the merry-go-round despite repeated warnings from the teachers. He also persists in spinning the device faster whenever a teacher isn’t looking.

Assignment:

1. To gain maximum benefit from your observational activities, prepare an outline that identifies the following:

  • Typical developmental characteristics of 3- to 6-year-olds (reference Table 8-2)
  • Safety concerns associated with this age group
  • Measures that adults must take to protect children’s well-being

2. Next, develop a set of rules for the safe use of the merry-go-round that can be shared with the children to help guide them to play safely on this piece of equipment.

  • Create a poster board (use Word or Google Docs) that list at least 3 rules/guidelines for safety on the merry-go-round
    • Be sure to use short phrases that 3- to 5-year-olds can understand
    • Be sure to include pictures, clipart, and/or color to make it child-friendly and developmentally appropriate

3. Finally, outline the steps that you will take to re-direct the 4-year-old child’s misuse of the merry-go-round, and to help him understand the effect his actions can have on his safety and the safety of the other children.

  • Make sure to include the steps you would take to help re-direct the child’s improper use of the merry-go-round (use bullet points to give brief description)
  • Write out the conversation you would have with this 4-year-old explaining the dangers of the improper use of the merry-go-round and how he and his friends can make safe choices (ex. “Hey, Tommy! I have an idea that I need your help with…”)

Grading:

1. Student has provided a well-thought out outline that identifies all three bullet points for number 1:

  • Each bullet point contains at least three statements for the outline: 30 points

2. Student has developed a clear set of 3 developmentally appropriate rules for the merry-go-round:

  • Each rule is clear and concise, uses short phrases developmentally appropriate for 3- to 5-year old’s: 10 points
  • Each rule includes a picture or clipart to display the rule in a child-friendly way: 10 points
  • Student has created either a poster board, used Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or another format to display these rules): 10 points

3. Student clearly outlines the necessary steps to re-direct the 4-year old’s misuse of the merry go round and includes:

  • List of steps to take (in order) to re-direct the child with a brief description: 15 points
  • Student includes a written conversation he/she would have with the 4-year old explaining the dangers of the misuse of the merry-go-round and examples of how to make safe choices: 15 points

4. Student uses college level writing free of grammar and sentence structuring mistakes: 5 points

5. Students work is well organized and presented: 5 points

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