The observation covered both young and adult available in the facility. General hygiene of the facility was the main item to investigate during this observation. Health is one of the critical parts in the life of a human being. In the facilities where children stay, there is a need to observe health rules for children to stay away from contagious diseases. Children are vulnerable to very many diseases that arise from negligence of hygiene.
Both the children and adult observed hand washing. Most children kept the rule of washing hands whenever required they did not disobey the teachings from their instructors. The adults present did not observe hand washing rules. They tended to miss out willingly or not willingly. The children followed the correct procedure of washing hands because they copied from the illustrations on the wall. Children learn from the diagrams presented to them. There was no difficulty in observing the correct procedure because it was on the walls near where the children washed their hands.
On the changing room of the facility, each child had separate cubes holding their properties. Each child had his/her own wiper and the facility did not allow sharing to minimize the spread of diseases. The adult present did not apply diaper rash cream to children. The cream is important for prevention of rashes. There was no thorough cleaning done to the changing table during the exercise. The changing table needed wiping after a kid has used it, but many adults skipped this step of wiping the table. The adults also did not wash their hands after every child they attended to avoid contamination. On the contrary, they washed their hands after attending 2 or 3 kids, which makes it possible for transmitting diseases between the children.
The mechanisms for prevention of infections included using the right method of hand washing and cleaning of the tables and messes made in the changing room. The posters that were indicating the right procedures were in every place in the facility. For many it was a tradition to follow, but not a control measure. The organization required the adult in the facility to follow all the instruction that were on the posters. To curb infections, adults were required to follow the instruction given to them without skipping even one.
The toileting system for the young children was fun. The children went to the toilet in a scheduled manner whereby some used potties and others sat on the toilets. They did it amazingly without any difficulties. The toilet was under surveillance with no dangers of any child getting hurt when in the toilet. During this observation period, there was no safety problem experienced in the facility. Concerning the meals in the facility, the children ate different types of meals during the observation period. They ate Gram crackers, goldfish, pretzels and applesauce. During lunchtime, they ate Chicken nuggets with oranges.
In conclusion, I learned that in an organization, cooperation plays an important role in successful and conducive living environment. Children require an organized place for them to stay happy and healthy. The facility observed proper nutrition for the children in order to keep the children healthy. The only threat that was not well covered was the possibility of infections because adults were not keen enough in the changing room. The facility was doing well in most crucial places, and if the adult will follow the instructions in the dressing room then it will reach perfection.
Hobart J., Christine B. (2009). A Practical Guide to Child Observation and Assessment. Cheltenham. Nelson Thornes Publishers.