6.11 Choking Prevention in Young Children

Preventative measures to reduce the potential for choking in young children are present in early years settings. This may include the elimination of certain types of foods, the reduction of small pieces, and the enhanced supervision of materials that may cause choking. With the use of loose parts in early years settings it is important that educators know the children well and understand their capabilities when engaging with loose parts. Close supervision must always take place when children are exploring small items.

Watch the following video for more information about toy safety for young children:

Video: Testing for Choking Hazards: A Guide for Parents by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles [3:36].


Read the following information about foods that are a choking hazard for young children:


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