In the article by Darin Olien, the author sheds light on the potential hazards that we encounter in our daily lives, highlighting our reliance on materials that may pose risks to our health. When viewed from the perspective of nurseries, these hazards become even more relevant, as they directly impact the well-being of children in their care.

Nurseries, as spaces where children spend a significant amount of time, should prioritize creating a safe and healthy space. This includes being mindful of the materials used within the nursery and their potential impact on children’s health.

The article emphasizes the importance of air quality in nurseries. Poor ventilation, exposure to pollutants, and the use of chemical cleaning products can all affect children’s respiratory health. Ensuring proper air circulation, regular cleaning using non-toxic products, and minimizing the use of potentially harmful chemicals can help maintain good indoor air quality and reduce health risks.  We would add that adding plants naturally cleanses the air.

Allergens are another concern for nurseries. Dust mites, pet dander, and pollen can trigger allergic reactions in children. Taking measures to reduce exposure to allergens, such as regular cleaning, proper hygiene practices, and implementing allergy-friendly policies, is crucial in creating a safe and healthy nursery space, but we would add so is supporting children’s natural immune system, with good healthy foods and drinks without added chemicals, preservatives, colourings, sugar and meat without hormones, antibiotics and other non-organic products added.

Safety hazards should also be carefully considered in nurseries. Childproofing the space, ensuring secure furniture and equipment, and conducting regular maintenance checks are essential to prevent accidents and injuries.

Additionally, nurseries must pay attention to noise pollution, as excessive noise levels can disrupt children’s sleep patterns, concentration, and overall well-being. Providing a quiet and peaceful environment can promote learning and development.

Proper lighting, primarily natural, is vital in nurseries to positively impact children’s mood, visual comfort, and overall well-being.

Maintaining high standards of hygiene and sanitation is importance in nurseries such as regular handwashing, cleaning of surfaces and toys, is important, but we would say to use products that are not toxic to the good bacteria, because we don’t want to kill off all the bacteria, just the bad ones!  Killing everything is bad for the planet and will also kill off the children’s natural gut bacteria, leading to more allergies and health problems.  In fact, playing in the mud and earth can be great for children – but only if rats, cats etc. have not been using the same earth as a toilet!

Proper waste management protocols help prevent the spread of infections among children.

Lastly, the emotional well-being of children should be prioritized. Nurseries should strive to create a nurturing and supportive environment, fostering positive relationships, providing opportunities for play and social interaction, and addressing the emotional needs of each child.

By being aware of these potential hazards and taking proactive measures to mitigate risks, nurseries can ensure that children are provided with a safe and healthy environment to grow, learn, and thrive.