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The Child Care Planning Council of Yuba and Sutter Counties encourages and promotes quality standards of care.

Urgent Safety Information for Child Care Providers and Parents
(800) 638-2772

Web http://www.cpsc.gov

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to search their homes for recalled child products, particularly portable cribs, play yards, and play pens with top rail hinges.  These products can collapse without warning, posing a suffocation danger to young children, and should not be used.  for more information about recalled child products or to report a dangerous product, contact the CPSC.

Avoiding Provider Burnout

The term "burnout" is often tossed around lightly after a hard day of working with young children in a child care setting, but provider burnout can be a serious problem for the early childhood profession.  It is often responsible for the high rate of teacher turnover, which, in turn, affects the quality of care young children receive.  The profession of early childhood education involves long hours, low pay, minimal benefits, low status and the huge responsibility of caring for young children.  To avoid losing qualified child care provider, it is important to look at the signs of burnout and find ways to reduce stress and burnout in the daily lives of child care providers by addressing the problem that cause it.

There are three main indicators that a provider is suffering from job burnout:

  1. The provider experiences some degree of physical and emotional exhaustion including fatigue, tension headaches, stomach problems, insomnia and muscle tension.
  2. The provider becomes disillusioned with the job (and life in general), displayed by distancing and isolating oneself from co-workers, irritability,  anxiety and a growing cynicism.
  3. Self-doubt and blame surface, and can include depression, feelings of low self-esteem and incompetence, guilt and an overriding sense of sadness.

One way to address provider burnout is to add stress management techniques to staff education meetings and trainings as a benefit for all caregivers.  Work with your supervisor to ensure that personnel needs are addressed, such as a quiet place for breaks each day, positive feedback and small rewards for excellence.  Stress reduction support groups can be organized to help talk about teaching frustrations and to gain peer support and insight from one another.  The sources of professional burnout and how to cope with them should also be covered in training for new early childhood educators.  Learning coping and self-assessment skills can be useful in avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue throughout one's teaching career.

Early childhood development specialist, Nancy Baptist, writes that "self-assessment in the personal domain helps us to understand and know who we are.  Self-assessment in the professional domain helps us to understand and know our knowledge skills and attitudes in our work life."  As she reminds us, early childhood educators must make sure that they have not "gone beyond burnout and turned a love for and commitment to working with children and families from a passion into an addiction."  It is important that all providers examine how they can make personal and professional changes to avoid burnout in order to make their fuller and healthier.

Sources:

Always Growing and Learning: A Case for Self-Assessment, Day Care and Early Education, by Nancy Baptist, 1994.

Avoiding Burnout: Strategies for Managing Time, Space and People in Early Childhood Education, by Paula Jorde-Bloom.  New Horizons, Lake Forest, IL, 1982

Judith Kunitz, MA, Child Development Specialist Child Care Health Connections, Nov/Dec 2000

Back Injury Among Providers

What a Child Care Provider needs to know:

Back injury is the most common cause of occupational injury for child care providers, that can cause a great deal of pain, medical expenses, loss of work time and inconvenience.  Providers need to exercise and practice good body mechanics to stay healthy.

Dr. Rene Gratz and her colleagues studied the health risk factors associated with the child care work site and put together the following list of the top eight health risk problems:

  1. Incorrect lifting of children, toys, equipments, etc.
  2. Inadequate work heights (e.g., child-size tables and chairs)
  3. Lowering and lifting in and out of cribs
  4. Frequent sitting on the floor with back unsupported
  5. Excessive reaching above shoulder height to obtain stored supplies
  6. Frequent lifting of children on and off the diaper changing tables
  7. Awkward positions and forceful motions needed to open window
  8. Carrying garbage diaper bags to dumpster

What a child care provider can do to reduced back injury

You can prevent back injury by:

  1. Learn proper lifting and carrying techniques, such as keeping the child as close as possible to you and avoiding and twisting motion as you lift the child. Encourage independence in children, e.g. walk up stairs with a toddler, rather than carry her.
  2. Adult furniture; providers should not use child-sized chairs, tables, or desks.       Use sit/kneel chairs.  Practice proper body mechanics.
  3. Always lower the crib side before lifting the child out.  Practice proper body mechanics.
  4. When possible, sit up against a wall or furniture for back support.  Perform stretching exercises.

    The National Economic Impacts of the Child Care Sector

    The National Child Care Association has released an Industry Study:  The National Economic Impacts of the Child Care Sector. The Industry Study reports how important child care is to the national economy.

    For more information or a copy of the Industry Study visit the NCCA homepage at http://www.nccanet.org/

    The Center for Injury Prevention, Policy and Practice

    The Center for Injury Prevention, Policy and Practice of San Diego State University publishes Safety Tip Sheets that provide information to promote safe environments in child care facilities.  There are different Safety Tip Sheets fro each age group and are available in English and Spanish.

    For the Safety Tip Sheets or more information click on the link below http://www.cippp.org and click on Publications then scroll down and click on Safety Sheets.

    Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Awareness

    In an effort to encourage activities related to obesity prevention, healthy eating habits, and an active lifestyle. Unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity have led to a national obesity epidemic. This can lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer; Type 2 diabetes in adults, teens and children: inability to meet minimum standards to be considered physically fit; increasing disability rates due to obesity; rising health care costs; and low self-esteem, social stigma and depression.

    Web Links

    The following websites provides providers and parents information and training on proper nutrition and exercise for children and infants.

    Dairy Council of California - Nutrition Education for Healthy diets:    http://www.dairycouncilofca.org

    Mayo Clinic, Childhood Obesity: Parenting Advice, etc:    http://www.mayoclinic.com/

    Center for Health and Health Care in Schools:    http://www.healthinschools.org/sh/obesity.asp

    American Academy of Pediatrics:
    http://www.aap.org

    American Academy of Family Physicians:
    http://www.aafp.org

    Virtual Teachers Lounge - health and nutrition lesson plans and classroom resources:
    http://www.virtualteacherslounge.org/

    Department of Agriculture, Team Nutrition:
    www.fns.usda.gov/tn

    NACP Online Professional Education Center

    Web http://www.nexportsolutions.com/naccp
    Our training courses are designed to help child care professionals complete annual training requirements or acquire required training hours for those seeking a cDA or national credential. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the child care professional. For more information, visit our Web site listed above.

    The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE)

    Web http://www.iir.berkeley.edu/cscce/
    The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) focuses on issues relating to the several million teachers and providers currently working in center-based early care and education settings in the United States. Through research, policy analysis and policy development, the Center promotes improvements in job conditions for the early care and education workforece, and in services for children and families.        

    Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC)
    Web http://www.childcareresearch.org/discover/index.jsp

    Child Care and Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC) promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making.