On your mark, get set, go – Play safe!
Poor and inadequate supervision can be linked to many summertime accidents at child care facilities.
Here are some strategies to enhance your supervisory program:
- Position staff in close proximity to elevated play equipment/platforms so they can easily catch a falling child.
- Remind staff to control the flow of children climbing ladders, slide stairs and climbing walls.
- Allow only one child on a slide and one ready to climb the stairs at a time. This will help reduce pushing, which may result in a child falling.
- Encourage staff to be on the lookout for aggressive play on platforms and climbing walls, and to stop it immediately.
- Assign a staff member the role of “traffic cop” to slow down running children and direct traffic flow.
- During group play, make sure older, larger children don’t plow down younger, smaller children.
- Always maintain proper child-to-staff ratios.
- Inspect playground equipment to make sure it is safe and sturdy, and very importantly, age appropriate. Remove any open “S” hooks and protruding bolts, and check equipment for sharp edges.
- Make sure soccer goals are anchored with weighted sand bags or ground augers so they do not tip over. Never allow children to hang from the goal.
- Add extra weight to the base of portable basketball goals, and wrap padding around the pole to soften potential collisions. Tighten loose screws and replace any that have worked loose.