By now, you must be familiar with physical play benefits and how important it is for every child, especially at school. Physical play benefits children from an early age. Some of these benefits include skills teaching such as teamwork and self-discipline, motor skills development and reducing health problems like childhood obesity. However, what many caregivers and parent do not realize, is the risk involved with the outdoor play, and especially at the school since there is no supervision of play as required.
Research shows that more than two hundred thousand children are injured due to playground-related injuries and are sent to emergency rooms every year. You can play a role to reduce this in a great way. Here are steps that aim at achieving your child’s safety during play at school.
The first step to ensure that your child is safe at the playground is to be aware of all the activities that your child takes part in. It is also important that you be informed of the amount and frequency of these activities, especially when it is gym or recess.
Most schools provide trained supervisors and caregivers who mostly overlook your child’s physical activity. But if you are not satisfied with that, you can still ask about the level of supervision and if the nurse is always available. You can also volunteer to supervise during any physical activities at the school.
Let your children know how important it is for them to stay safe at all times. You cannot be with your child at school all the time, so ensure that your child is aware of the safety guidelines. As a parent, you should constantly brief your child about important information like, staying off the wet playground, no pushing and waiting for your turn. Also, remind them not to use any equipment in the playground or gym if they do not know how to handle it or unsure of its proper use.
The right equipment is the key. It is more likely that your child is in some sports team if he/she is into physical activities in school. Make sure to check the equipment that your child needs for the sport and ensure that it is durable and in good condition, also that it is of the relevant sport. For skating, baseball, softball, and hockey, a sturdy helmet, proper goggles, and footwear are required. If your young boy is involved in physical activity, get him an athletic cup for protection of his groin areas.
Be responsible and keep your child safe during play at school by taking these steps to ensure the safety of your child at all times.…