Rebecca White, Merrill, Thomas A., Gioe, Cheri M. | 10/4/2004 4:25:36 AM
Gioe says outdoor play is a favorite activity for most young children. Even more, playing outdoors provides the opportunity for young children to use and develop their large muscles while running, climbing, skipping, hopping, throwing, catching, digging and riding bikes or tricycles.
That means keeping children inside definitely isn’t the answer in the quest to keep them safe from injuries, but better supervision could be one of the better options, Gioe says.
"Approximately 40 percent of the outdoor injuries to children are due to poor adult supervision," Gioe explains, adding, "That means supervision is an essential component of playground safety."
The LSU AgCenter expert says all child-care programs should have a detailed supervision plan for outdoor play and the plan should cover such topics as a specific ratio of children to adults, playground safety training, the center’s supervision philosophy, ways to handle conflict resolution, inspection checklists, a maintenance plan, playground rules, teaching plans and injury procedures.
Gioe also says to keep these playground safety issues in mind when you tour child-care centers or when you are preparing your child for playground time:
The LSU AgCenter’s "Be Child Care Aware!" educational program is designed to educate parents and child-care providers about quality child care. It is funded, in part, through a contract with the Louisiana Department of Social Services’ Office of Family Support.