Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child

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Josephine Quick 3202 Dogwood Circle S. Drive Indianapolis, IN 46268 Student Number (22021790) Graded project number (40502600) Health, Safety, and Nutrition for the Young Child, ECE 130 The responsibility of choosing appropriate toys for young children is an important one. I must not only consider the child’s age, but his/her behavior and developmental stage as well. For example, children who still explore objects by mouthing them should not have toys with small parts due to the risk of chocking. There are a great number of toys available for parents and childhood educators to choose from; making the toy selection for young children a major issue for everyone involved in childcare. The following guidelines are presented to help make the process easier. 1. Make sure the toy is developmentally appropriate. 2. They should be challenging but not frustrating. 3. Make sure they are free of sex stereotypes. (usable by both girls and boys) 4. The toy can be approached from a variety of levels. 5. The toys are safe for the intended age group and that they pass the choke test for infants through three-years of age and have no sharp edges. 6. The toys must be durable and intended for extended use. They will not break quickly and keep the child’s interest. 7. The size of each toy is appropriate for the available space and can be used at home or a childcare center. 8. The toys are appealing (color, shape, and style for that age group) to children. 9. The toys should be waterproof or easy to clean. 10. Toys are appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. 11. The toys should be multicultural and contribute to a variety of ethnic groups. 12. Make sure the toys are nonviolent in nature; not encouraging weapons or aggression. 13. The price of the toy reflects its value. 14. When buying toys make sure all developmental areas are covered; meeting physical,
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