Four Questions To Ask A Prospective Child Care Center

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are touring child care centers for your little ones, getting the info you need is important. Sometimes even the details for child care services listed on websites or provided on guided tours won’t give you all of the information that you need as a parent. It is important that you ask a prospective child care center specific questions that relate to your child’s care and safety. Here are four questions you should always ask when picking a child care center. 1. How Long Have the Current Staff Worked Here? While the field of child care services can have a high turnover rate, this still should be a consideration. If the child care center you are touring has all new staff, this can be a red flag. If you can talk with other staff besides the manager or assistant, this can help determine if they are happy in their role and are a good fit for your child’s care. 2. Can I Visit My Child While They are in Child Care? Finding out where parents fit into a child care center’s philosophy is important. There are ways that child care services should be able to handle parental participation. If you are welcomed with ideas for volunteering or coordinating activities, this is a good sign that your child care center is an environment that enjoys input from parents. 3. What Educational Programs are in Place? Depending on the age of your children, child care services can vary when it comes to integrating childhood development into basic care. Children are learning all of the time and it is a smart move to find a center that wants to foster this. Learning opportunities with physical movement, quiet activities, and group interaction are all important and should be a priority at your chosen center. 4. What are Your Thoughts on Discipline? If this is not implicitly brought up on a child care service’s website or tour, be sure that you ask about discipline policies that are followed. There are a variety of discipline techniques that can all be acceptable, but make sure these are in line with what works for your child at home. Keeping your child safe and happy when they are in someone else’s care is always a priority, but be sure to take an active role when choosing the right daycare. Find a place with the same child care philosophy as your own will be more likely to seamlessly integrate into your child’s...

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Improve Excavator Safety With A Scouting System

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Excavators are powerful pieces of heavy equipment that can be utilized for a wide variety of tasks. However, operators can’t see everything during their digs and this may cause a series of dangerous accidents. The following process will help you set up a series of scouts that will help minimize accident risk.   Understanding Excavator Line Of Vision Excavator operators generally don’t have an incredibly wide range of vision. In fact, it is generally limited to a small area in the front left of the machine. That’s because that’s the direction the operator is facing. Other aspects, such as the positioning of various parts of the machine, limit their sight.   As a result, they aren’t going to be able to see at the base of the operator (where they are digging) or to the front right. This is where the vast majority of accidents are likely to occur, such as breaking a pipe or threatening the health and safety of someone the operator can’t see. Positioning Your Scouts When you understand the line of vision limitations of an excavator operator, you know where to position at least one of your scouts: directly in the line of sight. So try to place someone to the front left of the machine, several yards away from where he will be digging. Often, this should be the only scout you need.   However, it’s not a bad idea to position someone to the front right of the machine, at least 20 yards back from the machine. This gives the scout a good line of vision for areas the operator can’t see. He can communicate concerns to the other scout, such as collapsing soil, and help avoid serious problems. Master Hand Gesture Communication While a scout may be able to communicate verbally with the excavator operator, it’s a good idea to create a system of hand gesture communications. Gestures can be a powerful and nearly instantaneous form of communication and ones that don’t have to be shouted above the din of the excavator operation. The following hand gestures are among the most common you’ll need to use and are simple enough to be understood immediately:  Waving one hand towards the scout – free to move forward Pointing to left or right – move bucket in that direction Two hands in front of chest, palm up – stop immediately Circling one hand in the air – continue with current activity Holding hands in front of chest and moving back and forth – exposed danger under the bucket, such as pipes or wires Mastering this simple system will help create a safer and more relaxing work environment for everyone on your job site. Alter it...

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