Safety of pupils in schools is a matter of concern globally. In Kenyan schools, children
have lost their lives in the past few years due to arson, accidents and poisoning.
Specifically, in Vihiga County, a high number of accidents have been reported in
schools in spite of the existence of safety standards manual by the Ministry of
Education. Although accidents could occur due to various factors, the study only
purposed to find out the influence of teachers‟ preparedness on the provision of safe
pre- school learning environment, since they are the key child caregivers in preschool.
The study variables were; availability and knowledge of content of the safety standard
manual, teacher training/ in-servicing, school organization and management,
supervision, provision of safe physical learning environment and challenges faced by
teachers in provision of safe learning environment. The study adopted a descriptive
survey design, comprising a target of 300 preschools and 1200 preschool teachers, and a
sample size of 60 (20%) preschools and 120 (10%) teachers from Vihiga County which
was purposively selected for study, while systematic random sampling technique was
employed to get the required number of pre-primary schools and teachers. Data was
collected using questionnaires for preschool teachers and an observation checklist. Data
was analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The findings established that, the
rating of safety in the preschools sampled was generally high but it is good to
emphasize that accidents are preventable through instituting safety measures but if they
did occur, they should not exceed 2%. On availability and knowledge of the standard
safety manual‟s contents by teachers and as observed by the researcher, were more
aware about it while on the side of teachers, it was moderate. The most contributing
factor hindering teacher preparedness on provision of safety was lack of frequent inservice training on how to ensure safety in the school environment. The study therefore
recommended that; the preschool management should facilitate more in-service
training/seminars for teachers in order to improve on their level of knowledge on safe
learning environment; school management boards should ensure that information about
safety requirements as stipulated in the policy guidelines is disseminated to all teachers
and the surrounding community members and not to assume that they were aware of
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