Children's safety at all times and in all settings is the first and foremost responsibility of adults who provide care for them. Safety encompasses not only the physical aspect but also the social and the emotional aspects.
Professionals working with young children must be knowledgeable of and meet all requirements dictated by laws and regulations regarding health, safety and nutrition. These include regular maintenance of the physical environment and all materials and equipment accessible to children; familiarity with signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect and of domestic violence as well as the course of action to take whenever necessary as mandated reporters; understanding of the importance of good nutrition to support healthy growth and physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development; and recognition of their role as advocates for policies and procedures that ensure the welfare of children and families.
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The professional working with young children: