Dr. Marsha Drew
Program Specialist DP-Pre K
Stanford Arboretum Children's Center
215 Quarry Road
Stanford, Ca 94305
P: 650.725.6331 C:415-845-2303 F: 650.723.539
NAEYC standard 5 (Health) is designed to support and assess that a program promotes the nutrition and health of children and protects children and staff from illness
Topic 5.C addresses issues related to maintaining an environment that supports the health of children and staff. As part of this, ventilation and cleaning are used, rather than sprays, air freshening chemicals, or deodorizers, to disperse odors in inhabited areas of the facility and in custodial closets. Scented or unscented candles and air fresheners such as potpourri, plug-ins, essential oils, incense, sprays, diffusers, and mists are not used, and use of personal fragrances is discouraged.
Leslie, you mentioned using essential oils during yoga or meditation. We would recommend that not including essential oils during this time either. If a program chooses to use them, I would recommend treating them like any medication and ensure that they have all parents' permission. And they would not meet item 5C.4 during the Program Observation.
I am a Toddler Teacher. Children and Healthy Living are two of my greatest passions.
I understand we have to respect the NAEYC standards but I am hoping as the modern world becomes more knowledgeable about essential oils, these standards will change.
A true, 100% pure essential oil is nothing like a candle, air freshener, or anything with "fragrance." Fragrances really disrupt our hormones. Pure Essential Oils benefit our body physically and emotionally. They especially help boost our immune systems.
Now…you do have to consider the PURITY of the essential oils you are buying because right now, there are no guidelines on essential oils. They can say 100% pure even if they are NOT.
After doing about 6 months of research, I chose which company I wanted to buy my oils from. I have now been personally using these products for two years.
When I was teaching at a Non-licenced Registered Ministry, I even diffused the oils in my toddler classroom. I simply sent home a permission slip and included all the names of the oils I would be diffusing.
If I was going to compare a diffuser to anything, it would be more like an air purifier.
Anyways…I hope this information helps and encourages you to do more of your own research! If you would like to know which company I decided to buy my oils from, just ask me. 😊