No matter how diligently you care for children, they can still be hurt or become sick. For this reason, every childcare provider needs to know first aid and CPR. From simple scrapes and bruises to more serious injuries such as broken bones, choking, or injury to the head or spine, it is essential that you know proper treatment and techniques.
The goal of emergency preparedness is to ensure the safety of all members of the child care facility. This includes the children, and the facility staff. Each caregiver's first responsibility is to protect the children. When caregivers are worried about their own needs and about the welfare of their loved ones, they are less able to give their full attention to the children in their care. Adults who work in child care have added responsibilities when planning for emergencies. Before an emergency occurs, they need to plan for their personal needs and the needs of their family members.