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Nails In early childhood education, your hands are moving as fast as your feet. You
need to be able to quickly and efficiently carry out the responsibilities of your
job. That means constantly using your hands and constantly washing them.
Although nails have become a fashion accessory, consider the following for
work. You want nails that are
Short enough to allow you to quickly perform your job responsibili-
ties such as zipping coats and fastening buttons
Short enough for you to easily clean under them at work
Long, manicured nails can be beautiful, but consider their disadvantages.
Scratch children unintentionally
Collect dirt, food particles, and bodily fluids
Break or bend more easily, hurting you
Leave nail polish chips in food or on the floor
Jewelry Jewelry is not only decorative, it can also be symbolic—for example, wed-
ding rings, school rings, and religious symbols. In an industry that celebrates
diversity, jewelry can be a way to express cultural heritage. Is there a place for
jewelry at work as an early childhood professional? Of course. Again, safety
for the child and for you is the main concern. Use these ideas when selecting
jewelry to wear at work:
Since you wash your hands so often, minimize rings and bracelets.
Avoid jewelry that can easily scratch children.
Consider the age of the children with whom you are working. Infants
and toddlers may grab or pull jewelry that dangles from your ears or
Avoid jewelry that can break easily, such as a strand of beads. They
may pose a choking hazard for children.
Leave jewelry that you do not want to lose at home.