Proper supervision leads the way to safety
Inadequate and improper supervision are some of the leading root causes of accidents that result in a child’s unintentional injury. Whether children are on the playground or inside your facility, proper supervision is the key to providing them with a safe environment.
As Joe L. Frost mentions in his book, Children and Injuries, inadequate or improper supervision is a common source of litigation brought against early education teachers, administrators, and programs where unintentional injuries have occurred.
An association often exists between the nature and intensity of supervision required in any situation and factors such as a child’s age, developmental abilities, behavioral propensities, type of activity, setting, and the adult’s supervisory capabilities.
If a room is too large to maintain close proximity supervision, cordon it off with child-proof gates or reduce the hazards available to a child. For example, stack chairs to prevent a child from climbing on them, or place things out of children’s reach.
You are the best person to evaluate which child requires closer supervision than others. A 5-year-old child may not be developed enough to play in a playground area designated for 5-12 year olds. Move that child to the 2-5 year old play area if necessary.
Finally, it’s important to know of any medical or emotional conditions children in your care may be experiencing, and whether they are taking any medication for it. Also find out if the parents have elected to take the child off the medication. This can be critical information toward planning your supervision efforts.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.