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Food safety and safe eating is a critical issue in early childhood education today. Food that an older child may safely chew and swallow is not always safe for a younger child to be given. Also children may have allergies or other special health needs.
Adults need a good knowledge of food safety practices. They should be able to identify signs of anaphylaxis and choking (choking is different from gagging). Knowing the correct first aid to give is essential for any teacher or carer of young children.
Supervision of Children Eating – What this Should Look Like in Practice in Home-based ECE and in Centres. Licensing Criterion HS19 (Home-Based) and HS22 (all
First Aid When Child Is Choking. Most important when a child is choking. Call an ambulance if the child is not able to cough or